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City Centre, Sion, Valais, Ch-3561, Switzerland

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Chapelle Tous-ls-Saint / All Saints chapel in SionChapelle Tous-ls-Saint / All Saints chapel in Sion

Château de Tourbillon / Tourbillon castle in SionChâteau de Tourbillon / Tourbillon castle in Sion

Lindt Swiss HeartsLindt Swiss Hearts

General brochure about SionGeneral brochure about Sion

Forum Posts

best time to travel?

by oktraveler

What is the best time of year to travel to Sion? Also--what is the best method for arrival--i.e. plane or train, etc?

RE: best time to travel?

by altamiro

One can hardly answer your question without knowing what you want to do. Avoid early spring and late autumn though.

To be able to arrive by plane in Sion you should be a pilot of the Swiss Airforce and fly an F/A-18 or Mirage-2000 :-). If this is not an option, you will arrive by train from Geneva or Zürich.

RE: RE: best time to travel?

by oktraveler

thanks for your reply! I am a travel agent and one of my clients is trying to put together a travel package for employees as an incentive trip and wants to travel to Sion as part of the package. I am trying to build the group travel around when the best time for ease of travel to and from Sion would be--I am not familiar with the area, so i'm rather grasping at straws for information. I appreciate your helpfulness! Looks like I have a big job ahead of me!

RE: RE: best time to travel?

by altamiro

The question is - what do you want to do in Sion? Most activities have their seasons. In autumn you can tour through wineyards, go hiking almost all the way to the mountaintops, etc. In winter you can go skiing, snowboarding etc, but for that you have to go into the higher locations around Sion. I recommend Grimentz as a base for both hiking and skiing, but there are many others. From Sion you are quickly in Leukerbad (very nice thermal baths and wellness area) and within reasonable time in Zermatt to see the Matterhorn. A great excursion is to the Eggishorn (cable car from Fiesch) and the Aletsch glacier.

Travel Tips for Sion

BEST VIEW POINTS

by white_smallstar

One of the most stunning viewpoints I enjoyed during my weekend in
Sion (Switzerland) , was the one from the terrace of the CHATEAU DE VALERE (pic n°1).

From here, the Old town lies beneath your feet with its churches,
the Rhone, another hill and with a wonderful backdrop: the Alps!
(June 2010)

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Useful phone numbers

by ealgisi

The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom in addition to their other emergency numbers.

Here are some useful phone numbers that you might need while in Switzerland:

Police: 117
Ambulance: 144
Fire: 118
Poison: 145
Road emergency: 140
Psychological support (free and anonymous): 143
Psychological support for teens and children (free and anonymous): 147
Helicopter air-rescue (Rega): 1414 or by radio on 161.300 MHz
Air rescue (Air Glaciers) (in Valais only): 1415

SWISS FLAGS

by white_smallstar

It is always a pleasure to see streets and buildings traditionally festooned with Swiss flags and banners.
Flags are flown also from private houses and commercial buildings as a display of patriotism.

Interesting website about History of Switzerland's Flag
link

BISSE DE CLAVAU

by white_smallstar


Sion is ringed by vineyards and you can explore this world , wandering through the vines. In particular, there is a path called “BISSE DE CLAVAU” which runs along a 500-year-old aqueduct to irrigate vineyards from Sion to St. Leonard. (about 7 km).
The many bisses you can find in the Valais are “small water channels”.
They are carved into the hillsides, run through the vines and often bordered by stony walls.
From the path there are nice views of the valley with the serpentine Rhone, the two hills with their castles while a long stone wall runs along the track.

BISSE DE CLAVAU

Town Hall

by HORSCHECK

Sion’s Town Hall (Hôtel de Ville) was constructed in Renaissance style between 1657 and 1665. The small clock tower is dominated by a large astronomical clock.

Also well worth seeing are the carved wooden doors and the panelled rooms. In the entrance hall the oldest remains of Christianity in Switzerland can be seen: a number of Roman inscribed stones, including one from 377.

Directions:
The Town Hall can be found in Sion’s main street, which is the Rue du Grand Pont.

Address:
Town Hall, Rue du Grand Pont 12, 1950 Sion

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