The "Poyas" Trail

"Poya" is the local word for the route taken by the cows to the alpine pastures in summer. The tour takes nearly 4 hours and is 15 km long. The starting point is the railway station in Estavannens. From there, the route goes via Grandvillard to Lessoc. The church in Lessoc has an ancient carved... more

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From the Romans to Botta

The Bishop’s Castle (“Bischofsschloss”) with its glass dome designed by Mario Botta towers in solitary splendour over the valley floor. The castle,... more

From the Romans to Botta
Blast off to the stars

Blast off to the stars

The cities, the mountains, the lakes – have you already seen all that Earth has to offer? If so, then come up to the Sattenlegi and discover the... more

The "Poyas" Trail

"Poya" is the local word for the route taken by the cows to the alpine pastures in summer. The tour takes nearly 4 hours and is 15 km long. The starting point is the railway station in Estavannens. From there, the route goes via Grandvillard to Lessoc. The church in Lessoc has an ancient carved wooden ceiling and noteworthy frescoes. In the centre of the village is a fountain with a well-known legend attached to it.

In the Intyamon valley, the “poya” is the annual ascent of farmers and cattle to the high pastures – a scene depicted in naïve paintings on wood that hang over the cowshed doors of many farms.

From the Romans to Botta

The Bishop’s Castle (“Bischofsschloss”) with its glass dome designed by Mario Botta towers in solitary splendour over the valley floor. The castle, which was first mentioned in a document dating from 1254, was the summer residence for bishops, and a gaol and torture chamber for scoundrels and criminals.

The Romans called it Leuca Fortis – “strong Leuk” – and until the 19th century this was one of the ecclesiastical and cultural centres of the Valais. Defiant towers, castles and fine patrician houses bear witness to the former strength, self-confidence and determination of the community. The emblematic Bishop’s Castle (built 1254), town hall, late-gothic St. Stephen’s Church (with its romanesque tower and roman fi replace) and baroque Ringacker Chapel can be seen for miles around.

Blast off to the stars

The cities, the mountains, the lakes – have you already seen all that Earth has to offer? If so, then come up to the Sattenlegi and discover the heavens above through our telescope.

The cities, the mountains, the lakes – have you already seen all that Earth has to offer? If so, then come up to the Sattenlegi and discover the heavens above through our telescope.