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.
From Kandersteg via the winemaking region of Valais with its famous mountain peaks to the picturesque Lake Geneva Region – this tour reveals the rich contrasts of French-speaking Switzerland, between eternal snows and landscapes of Mediterranean charm.
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Peter Schmid, an apothecary from the Valais, purchased this guildhall in 1315 and in 1385 sold it to the linen weavers and milliners. Die Waag (the carters’ guild) is one of the seven old Zurich guilds which still has its own guildhall.