High-altitude flowers from the Pyrenees, New Zealand, China, Nepal or Tibet also grow in Switzerland. In the botanical garden Alpinum Schatzalp, 3500 plant species and flower varieties from the world's high mountain regions bloom from June to September.
Roses and dahlias, medicinal plants, exotic blossoms and undemanding herbs: the Botanical Garden of Geneva houses over 16,000 species of plants. The exotic bird species in the zoo within the Botanical Garden are just as colorful as the flowers.
Sion, called Sitten in German, is the capital of the Canton of Valais. The Old Town, which lies between the hills of Valère and Tourbillon, dates back to the Middle Ages and is home to numerous sights and attractions, such as one of the world's oldest organs that can still be played.