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Valais

Wurzenbord

Wurzenbord

Champoussin piste de Sépaya

Champoussin piste de Sépaya

Hotel Alpadze-Loukra

Hotel Alpadze-Loukra

Sessellift Bärgji

Sessellift Bärgji

Riedgletscher

Riedgletscher

Grächen Hannigalp Süd

Grächen Hannigalp Süd

Piazza

Piazza

Place du Village 4

Place du Village 4

Milleggapark 3

Milleggapark 3

Place du Village 3

Place du Village 3

Wettercam Grächen Dorf

Wettercam Grächen Dorf

Grächen - Weiler Egga

Grächen - Weiler Egga

Wettercam Weisshorn

Wettercam Weisshorn

Gugla - Bielzigji

Gugla - Bielzigji

Grachen

Grachen

Weiler Bina & Egga

Weiler Bina & Egga

Grächen / Kirche / 1620 m

Grächen / Kirche / 1620 m

Aussicht von Night&Day Bar auf Dorf

Aussicht von Night&Day Bar auf Dorf

Grächen Hannigalp Nord

Grächen Hannigalp Nord

Rückfahrtspiste Hannigalp

Rückfahrtspiste Hannigalp

Talstation Gondelbahn Grächen-Hannigalp

Talstation Gondelbahn Grächen-Hannigalp

Night & Day Bar 2

Night & Day Bar 2

Milleggapark 2

Milleggapark 2

Nordansicht

Nordansicht

Piste Paradiesli

Piste Paradiesli

Grächen Seetalhorn

Grächen Seetalhorn

Grächen Hannigalp SiSU Kinderpark

Grächen Hannigalp SiSU Kinderpark

Wettercam Grächen

Wettercam Grächen

Weiler Spieli

Weiler Spieli

Hannigbar mit grosser Ausichtsterasse

Hannigbar mit grosser Ausichtsterasse

Jungen

Jungen

Milleggapark

Milleggapark

Lötschental-Gandegg, Gletscherbar

Lötschental-Gandegg, Gletscherbar

Lötschental

Lötschental

Wiler

Wiler

Hockenhorngrat

Hockenhorngrat

Wiler - Bergstation Luftseilbahn Wiler-Lauchernalp

Wiler - Bergstation Luftseilbahn Wiler-Lauchernalp

Lauchernalp Piste

Lauchernalp Piste

Lauchernalp mit Blick zur Lötschenlücke

Lauchernalp mit Blick zur Lötschenlücke

Gelmer Staumauer

Gelmer Staumauer

Obergoms - Hungerberg

Obergoms - Hungerberg

Oberwald - Schweiz, Wallis: Blick zu den Bahnhöfen der Dampfbahn Furka-Bergstrecke und der Matterhorn-Gotthard-Bahn

Oberwald - Schweiz, Wallis: Blick zu den Bahnhöfen der Dampfbahn Furka-Bergstrecke und der Matterhorn-Gotthard-Bahn

Grimsel Richtung Aaretal

Grimsel Richtung Aaretal

Gletsch mit dem Bahnhof der Dampfbahn Furka-Bergstrecke

Gletsch mit dem Bahnhof der Dampfbahn Furka-Bergstrecke

Grimsel Hospiz, Grimselsee

Grimsel Hospiz, Grimselsee

Saas Fee - Gletscherskigebiet Allalin 3'500 m.ü.Meer

Saas Fee - Gletscherskigebiet Allalin 3'500 m.ü.Meer

Saas Fee - Blick vom Tourismusbüro

Saas Fee - Blick vom Tourismusbüro

Talstation Alpin-Express, Saas-Fee

Talstation Alpin-Express, Saas-Fee

Talstation Spielboden, Saas-Fee

Talstation Spielboden, Saas-Fee

A panoramic view of Mont Fort, La Chaux, and the Verbier valley

A panoramic view of Mont Fort, La Chaux, and the Verbier valley

Unterbäch Dorf

Unterbäch Dorf

Unterbäch Ski- und Wandergebiet Ginals

Unterbäch Ski- und Wandergebiet Ginals

Brandalp

Brandalp

Ginals

Ginals

Zermatt, Trockener Steg (Matterhorn)

Zermatt, Trockener Steg (Matterhorn)

Gornergrat - Gornergrat

Gornergrat - Gornergrat

Klein Matterhorn

Klein Matterhorn

Zermatt, Parkhotel Beau-Site

Zermatt, Parkhotel Beau-Site

Zermatt - Matterhorn glacier paradise (Gobba di Rollin)

Zermatt - Matterhorn glacier paradise (Gobba di Rollin)

Zermatt, Matterhorn Zoom (Sunnegga)

Zermatt, Matterhorn Zoom (Sunnegga)

Zermatt, Kirchenplatz

Zermatt, Kirchenplatz

Zermatt, Sunnegga Riffelberg

Zermatt, Sunnegga Riffelberg

Air Zermatt

Air Zermatt

Zermatt, Aroleid

Zermatt, Aroleid

Zermatt, Ried

Zermatt, Ried

Zermatt, Matterhorn

Zermatt, Matterhorn

Zermatt, Rothorn paradise

Zermatt, Rothorn paradise

Zermatt, Schwarzsee

Zermatt, Schwarzsee

Zermatt, Matterhorn (Riffelberg)

Zermatt, Matterhorn (Riffelberg)

Zermatt, Kirche

Zermatt, Kirche

Zermatt

Zermatt

Riffelalp Resort 2222m

Riffelalp Resort 2222m

Zermatt, Findeln

Zermatt, Findeln

Zermatt, Sunnegga (Hohtälli)

Zermatt, Sunnegga (Hohtälli)

Gornergletscher

Gornergletscher

Zermatt, Matterhorn (Sunnegga)

Zermatt, Matterhorn (Sunnegga)

Zermatt, Oberhäusern

Zermatt, Oberhäusern

Zermatt, Trockener Steg 2

Zermatt, Trockener Steg 2

Zermatt, Trockener Steg (Furggsattel)

Zermatt, Trockener Steg (Furggsattel)

Zermatt, Wollipark Sunnegga

Zermatt, Wollipark Sunnegga

Zermatt, Bahnhofplatz

Zermatt, Bahnhofplatz

Air Zermatt - Zermatt

Air Zermatt - Zermatt

Air Zermatt 2

Air Zermatt 2

Zermatt Gornergrat, Matterhorn

Zermatt Gornergrat, Matterhorn

Blick auf das Matterhorn vom Balkon des Hotel Ambiance

Blick auf das Matterhorn vom Balkon des Hotel Ambiance

Bellwald Sesselbahn Talstation

Bellwald Sesselbahn Talstation

Bellwald Dorf

Bellwald Dorf

Tignousa 2000 above Rhone Valley Switzerland

Tignousa 2000 above Rhone Valley Switzerland

Becs de Bossons

Becs de Bossons

Piste Tignousa

Piste Tignousa

Teleski Tignousa

Teleski Tignousa

Matterhon et Dent Blanche

Matterhon et Dent Blanche

Pas de Boeuf

Pas de Boeuf

Touno nord

Touno nord

Restaurant Tignousa

Restaurant Tignousa

Observatoire FXB - Tignousa Saint Luc Switserland 2000m

Observatoire FXB - Tignousa Saint Luc Switserland 2000m

Verbier and the Médran ski area

Verbier and the Médran ski area

Verbier Hauptplatz, Place Centrale

Verbier Hauptplatz, Place Centrale

La vue depuis ...

La vue depuis ...

Eischoll Striggen

Eischoll Striggen

Top wines and gastronomic traditions.

From the Rhone glacier down to Lake Geneva, from small villages on steep mountainsides to Sion, the historic capital of the canton at the foot of the rocky hills of Tourbillon and Valeria, a gastronomic journey through the Valais has unlimited diversity.
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The specialities

Many of today’s residents of the Valais had ancestors who lived off the land in the remote mountain valleys, cultivating their own produce to feed their families. They tended apricot, pear, apple and peach orchards, and baked their own rye bread. They grew vegetables on their land. Milk, cheese and occasionally meat were the staple foodstuffs with which they created frugal meals, using a great deal of care and imagination. Today you will still find these traditional products and preparations, but new ones have also emerged, such as the spring crop of exquisite asparagus grown in the sandy soils of the Lower Valais, and brought to the table within hours of being harvested.

Food lovers’ heaven

For their recipes, the people of the Valais have tradition to thank, created by the imagination of their ancestors. Today these creations are still widely served: croûte aux champignons, a dish of mushrooms and toasted bread; Valais vegetable soup with leek, celery, turnips and onions; traditional bean soup; rice cooked with locally grown saffron from Mund; traditional polenta dishes; Gsottus, a variety of air-dried meats cooked with cabbage and potatoes; buttered chestnut brisolée, served with mountain cheese, dried and cured meats; or gâteau de Savièse, a leek, cheese, potato, and bacon tart.

The people of the Valais may be passionate about their traditional cuisine, but as descendants and spiritual heirs of the Valais hotel pioneer César Ritz, they are also open to influences from all over the world, and their own cooking shows exceptional imagination and creativity. For the last two years, chefs from the Valais have been named GaultMillau Swiss Chef of the Year: Didier de Courten in 2006, and Markus Neff in 2007.

To accompany this inventive and traditional cuisine, the Valais produces a variety of top-class wines. In addition to the wellestablished classics – whites Fendant (light, fruity, dry) and Johannisberg (ample, flowery and smooth); and reds Dôle (ample, full-bodied and well-balanced) and the powerful Pinot noir, there are exquisite grape varieties that only grow in the Valais, such as the Petite Arvine, Amigne and Humagne blanche.

In the Valais and its cuisine gastronomic skill is equal in importance to the atmosphere at the table: a warm welcome and a cosy, convivial ambiance. For it is at mealtimes that you can best experience the traditions of the Valais and its people’s joie de vivre. The Valais looks forward to welcoming you!

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