The historic Water Route

The historic Water Route

Scorched by the sun and difficult to access, the steep Valais hillsides are often watered using the so-called "suonen", or irrigation channels. Dug into the ground, hanging from rocks or carved from them, they are a constant reminder of the...more

Lake Toma - Source of the Rhine

Lake Toma - Source of the Rhine

A calm lake lies near the Oberalp Pass. This lake's water flows clear and fresh into the valley. The Tomasee (Lake Toma) is considered to be the source of the Rhine. And it is only here that the river that flows through four countries can still be...more

Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva

The Celts called Lake Geneva "Large Water" or "Lem an", and it is to...more

Viamala Gorge

Viamala Gorge

Once upon a time it was hated. Travelers called this deep ravine in the...more

The historic Water Route

Scorched by the sun and difficult to access, the steep Valais hillsides are often watered using the so-called "suonen", or irrigation channels. Dug into the ground, hanging from rocks or carved from them, they are a constant reminder of the farmers' struggle against drought. Today, picturesque hiking trails follow these historic water channels.

A hundred kilometers of hiking trails follow the historic water channels ("bisses") around the sun-drenched resort of Nendaz. This route starts from the village centre and continues along the "Bisse du Milieu" (Middle Channel) to Planchouet, with its water catchments. Return to the village via the "Bisse Vieux" (Old Channel).

Lake Toma - Source of the Rhine

A calm lake lies near the Oberalp Pass. This lake's water flows clear and fresh into the valley. The Tomasee (Lake Toma) is considered to be the source of the Rhine. And it is only here that the river that flows through four countries can still be crossed with a single step.

Lake Toma is regarded as the source of the Rhine, and this is the only place where the river that traverses four countries can be crossed with one step. The hike starts on the Oberalp Pass and crosses the valley southwards (with almost no variation in height); then it climbs 350m to the enchanted mountain lake.

Lake Geneva

The Celts called Lake Geneva "Large Water" or "Lem an", and it is to this day called Lac LĂ©man in French. And it is large indeed. Regularly scheduled lake boats, historic paddle steamers and small ferries ply this 582-square-kilometer body of water.

Belle Epoque boats have plied Central Europe's largest lake for 130 years, offering cruises between France and Switzerland and between Geneva and the upper end of the lake (known as the Haut Lac).

Viamala Gorge

Once upon a time it was hated. Travelers called this deep ravine in the Hinterrhein Valley the "Bad Path". It was an obstruction on the journey through the Alps. Beautiful, but wild and threatening. And today this is exactly the reason why one travels to the Viamala.

Once upon a time it was hated. Travelers called this deep ravine in the Hinterrhein Valley the "Bad Path". It was an obstruction on the journey through the Alps. Beautiful, but wild and threatening. And today this is exactly the reason why one travels to the Viamala.