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Walk to the "Pierres à cupules"

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Stones like these, with round or oval hollows measuring from 1 – 30 cm are not only found in the Alps but also in Australia and South Africa. Were they made by man? For what purpose? The 11 km round trip to the "Pierres à cupules" goes from Evolène via Villa, Mayen de Cotter and Volovron back to...more

Valais rye bread AOP: the real thing

Valais rye bread AOP: the real thing

Rye bread from Valais is the only bread in Switzerland that can proudly bear the AOP label. This carries an obligation: only rye that has been...more

Alp-Paintball

Alp-Paintball

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Living heritage: patois, carnival and national dress

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The dialect in the Val d'Hérens is particularly strong. On high days and...more

Walk to the "Pierres à cupules"

Stones like these, with round or oval hollows measuring from 1 – 30 cm are not only found in the Alps but also in Australia and South Africa. Were they made by man? For what purpose? The 11 km round trip to the "Pierres à cupules" goes from Evolène via Villa, Mayen de Cotter and Volovron back to Evolène. It takes about five hours. It climbs 800 m and then goes down again.

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Valais rye bread AOP: the real thing

Rye bread from Valais is the only bread in Switzerland that can proudly bear the AOP label. This carries an obligation: only rye that has been grown, milled and processed in Valais can by used to make Valais rye bread AOP. The rustic sourdough bread tastes best when it has been kept for two or three days. It can also be made with walnuts or dried fruit.

Rye bread from Valais is the only bread in Switzerland that can proudly bear the AOP label.

Valais rye bread AOP: the real thing
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Alp-Paintball

Boost your adrenalin levels!

This sport involves two teams fighting with the aid of markers and biodegradeable paint "bullets". If you have never tried it, or if it gives you an indescribable rush, come to Evolène.

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Living heritage: patois, carnival and national dress

The dialect in the Val d'Hérens is particularly strong. On high days and holidays, people wear traditional costume with bright head-squares and aprons made of velvet and silk. On 6 January, bells ring in the start of Carnival; the "Carnaval d'Hérens" is famous for its "Peluches" (wooden masks) with cat, fox and wolf faces. The people wearing the masks mingle with the spectators and play all kinds of pranks.

Living heritage: patois, carnival and national dress
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