BEST VIEW POINTS
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!
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Useful phone numbers
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:
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
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
BISSE DE CLAVAU
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
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.
The Town Hall can be found in Sion’s main street, which is the Rue du Grand Pont.
Town Hall, Rue du Grand Pont 12, 1950 Sion