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And yes, Nature with a capital N. She's so vast. Frontiers mean nothing to her, and a capital letter is the least she is due, given our intimate and age-old relationship with her.
Her generosity is boundless. She gives us everything. We drink good wines and delicious fruit juices. We eat superb local products. We can even clothe ourselves thanks to her. All over the world, we admire her for her oases of beauty, for landscapes that revitalise us – again and again.
She has something to delight everyone. Mountains that inspire bold climbers and casual strollers alike with their mesmerising beauty. A sunrise over the glacier at La Plaine Morte when time stands still and the heart fills with joy. A rainbow after a storm in the Pfyn Forest. The colour of vines in autumn, along a bisse. A waterfall in bright sunlight.
It's Nature that gives us strength, revives our innermost being.
She offers us a simple happiness. It's up to us to seize it because, as the famous Swiss physician and alchemist Paracelsus said, "It is not Nature that needs mankind, but mankind that needs Nature".
Mountain guide – herbalist
From gentle hills to snowy peaks, from the Pfyn-Finges Nature Park to the banks of the Rhône, there's an almost endless choice of places for you to visit, with
SOMeTHING FOR eVeRYONe.
Our strategic position, in the heart of Valais, gives you easy access to areas such as Crans-Montana (15km), the Val d'Anniviers (20km) and Leukerbad (24km), all of which offer myriad possibilities for hikes.
I want to do the tour of the Val d'Anniviers
An excellent choice, the Val d'Anniviers Tour package includes an à la carte hiking tour that starts from Sierre, with 4 or more nights in a hotel/mountain hut, and a luggage transport service.
Behind this odd name lies a system that produces truly customised hikes. You specify your interests, the time available or your geographic area, and SNUKR then suggests an itinerary for you.
HISTORY, HeRITAGe and
HaVENS OF COOLNESS
PFYN-FINGeS NATURe PARK
Situated in the heart of Valais, encom-passing 12 villages and representing 2 different linguistic cultures, the Pfyn-Finges Nature Park is full of culinary and cultural as well as ornithological interest.
From February to November, the park organises several informative tours tailored to different interests. The Nature and Landscape Centre at Salgesch is its administrative and educational centre, welcoming visitors and providing more detailed information.
Tel: 027 452 60 60
These channels take water from various sources and convey it along the hillsides to irrigate the crops that grow there.
The gently-sloping footpaths that run alongside bisses make excellent, easily-accessible walks. You can find these routes in the special walks brochure.
THe BANKS OF THe RHÔNe
From its source in the eponymous glacier, the Rhône travels 140km through Valais, before continuing on its way to Lake Geneva and beyond, towards the Mediterranean.
Its banks offer many cool, peaceful walks with idyllic views.
As it was in the beginning
If you want to imagine the Rhône as it was in its early days, then visit the last wild part of the river, near Sierre.
Magical places for which the region is famous.
A FASCINATING, PROTECTED NATURAL ENVIRONMENT.
LAKeS AND NATURe ReSeRVe
Géronde, a magical spot
This little resort lies among hills and vineyards and is just 15 minutes' walk from the centre of Sierre. With its lake and swimming pools, it's a superb place to relax and enjoy yourself. The nearby Petits Lacs are definitely among the most magical spots in the whole area.
Lac de la Brèche & Lac de la Corne, timeless beauty
Ideally situated between Sierre and Sion, next to Sierre Golf Club, these two lakes are little hidden gems. The former is famous for its beautiful scenery, the latter because it is a nationally-important breeding site for amphibians.
Pouta-Fontana, a haven for wildlife
The 32-hectare Pouta-Fontana nature reserve is the largest area of wetland in Valais. It consists of several small lakes fringed with reed beds, and of channels, marshes and riparian forests. Approximately 190 bird species have been seen in the reserve, and it continues to be the main breeding site for beavers in Valais.
THe LaRGeST NaVIGaBLe
UNDeRGROUND LaKe IN eUROPe.
A unique natural underground lake
Dating from the period when the Alps were formed, the Saint-Léonard underground lake lies beneath vineyards. Its depth varies between 30 and 70 metres, and it is an amazing 300 metres long.
Rue du Lac 21, 1958 Saint-Léonard
RER Valais/Wallis - Stop: Saint-Léonard
Cars Ballestraz - Stop: Saint-Léonard, Le Lac
From mid-March to early November
Every day 10:00 - 17:00
July and August 09:00 - 17:30
Adult (age 16+): CHF 10
Child (age 5+): CHF 6
Group (20+): 10% reduction
Tel: 027 203 22 66