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.

Des glaciers aux lacs

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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Des glaciers aux lacs

Zunfthaus zur Waag

Die Waag (the carters’ guild) is one of the seven old Zurich guilds which still has its own guildhall.

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.

Loco, the ancient capital

Loco, the center of straw braiding in Onsernone, was in the Middle Ages the main town of the Onsernone community, which was founded around the turn of the first millennium. Today the place is primarily known for the Onsernone Museum and the mill.