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    SIERRE - CHATEAU DE VILLA

    by white_smallstar Written Jul 12, 2010

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    TAKE NOTICE:
    This tip is about SIERRE a village very close to SION,
    so a perfect place to spend some hours and easy to reach by train.
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    Another castle in SIERRE is worth a visit is the CHATEAU DE VILLA.
    To reach it, you can have a stroll directly from the train station or a walk through the vineyards from the other castle of Sierre (CHATEAU MERCIERE) and then through the old town with traditional wooden houses.

    It houses the MUSEE DU VIN but we didn’t visit it. Outside, there are some vine of different species of grapefruit to show the different types of wine per district and variety .
    Well, we enjoyed a lot the cellar and the dining room of this nice manor : )))

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    SIERRE - CHATEAU MERCIERE

    by white_smallstar Updated Jul 12, 2010

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    TAKE NOTICE:
    This tip is about SIERRE a village very close to SION,
    so a perfect place to spend some hours and easy to reach by train.
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    A 15 minute uphill taking the Escaliers-Jean-Daetwyler from the train station is the CHATEAU MERCIERE, a nice castle and others villas built in a nice park rich in flowers, fountains and with some peacocks.
    The building was closed when we arrived.

    The area is surrounded by vineyards.

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    ST LEONARD - THE BIGGEST UNDERGROUND LAKE

    by white_smallstar Updated Jul 12, 2010

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    This tip is about ST LEONARD a village very close to SION,
    so a perfect place to spend some hours and easy to reach by train.
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    St Leonard hides a natural gem: the biggest underground lake in Europe (it is 300 m long, 20 m wide and 10 m deep) and it is navigable as well.
    In fact, to enjoy the lake, there are guided tours in a Boat (about 40 on board).

    There are trouts living there.

    Lac Souterrain de St-Léonard

    Lac Souterrain

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    THE OLD TOWN

    by white_smallstar Updated Jul 12, 2010

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    In spite the Tourbillon Castle and the Valère Fortress have become the landmarks of the town, also the Old town is a lovely part of Sion to have a stroll with a lot of nice buildings lining the streets.
    Some of streets in this area are traffic free.

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    CHURCHES IN THE HEART OF OLD TOWN

    by white_smallstar Updated Jul 9, 2010

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    CHURCHES IN THE HEART OF OLD TOWN

    NOTRE DAME DU GLARIERE – is the Cathedral you can easily recognised because of its sturdy Romanesque tower (12th C.) while the church was rebuilt in the 15th C..
    It contains many valuable works of art , some of them made of wood, such as the item for baptising, close to the entrance (picture n. …..).

    Close to it there is the smaller 16th century EGLISE DE ST THEODULE.

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    CHATEAU DE VALERE

    by white_smallstar Updated Jul 9, 2010

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    Like the opposite castle of Sion (CHATEAU DE TOURBILLON), also this one is perched on the top of a hill which is easy reachable with a pleasant walk.
    Here you can find a 12tth century CHURCH (free entrance) which hosts an old organ (it seems it is the world’s oldest playable organ).
    Inside of the church, there are also some quite interesting frescoes, especially in the apsidal area.
    But is the POSTCARD VIEW from the terrace which will capture your attention.
    In fact this location is so nice that it was one of the photographic points during our meeting!
    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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    RUE DU GRAND PONT

    by white_smallstar Updated Jul 9, 2010

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    A nice street of Sion, enriched with flags and paved with a pattern which reminders us that the street is built over the river Sionne.
    It is possible to see a 3D reconstruction of the old city, with the old track of the river, inside the Wizard's Tower.
    The Hôtel de Ville (Town Hall, 1660) is along this street. On the façade there is an astronomical clock.

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    TOUR DES SORCIERS - WIZARDS' TOWER

    by white_smallstar Updated Jul 9, 2010

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    The Tour des Sorciers (12th C.) is what remain of the medieval city walls.
    It is possible to see a 3D reconstruction of the old city, with the old track of the river Sionne, now "turned" in Rue du Grand-Pont.

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    CHURCH OF NOTRE-DAME-DE-VALÈRE

    by white_smallstar Updated Jul 9, 2010

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    The church of Notre-Dame-de-Valère (12th-13th C.) is inside of the Château de Valère with whom it forms the monumental group we can see on the top of the hill above the Old town.
    The interior of the church is divided into three aisles by pillars with fine stone capitals in the choir and with fine frescoes both in the choir and in the nave.
    The oldest work of art in the church is its organ (built around 1430) which seems to juts from the wall.

    A magic sound across the centuries:
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    PLACE DE LA PLANTA

    by white_smallstar Updated Jul 9, 2010

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    This is the central square of Sion (traffic free) from where you can enjoy nice views of the castles guarding the city centre.

    Sion tourist office is based here and can provide information and maps about the town and surrounding. It has organized a path along the town to discover its beauties.

    The Helvetia fountain is a monument to commemorate the centenary of Valais' admission into the Confederation (1815).

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    CHURCHES IN THE HEART OF OLD TOWN

    by white_smallstar Updated Jul 9, 2010

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    EGLISE DE ST THEODULE .
    Facing the same leafy square of the Cathedral, there is the smaller church of St Théodule, (1516).
    There were a lot of people during our visit because a wedding was starting.
    May today happines be tomorow's and for ever!

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    CHATEAU DE TOURBILLON

    by white_smallstar Updated Jul 9, 2010

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    This castle (built 1294, destroyed by fire 1788) is located on the higher of the two hills overlook Sion (655 m/2,149ft).
    Inside the walls, there are few remains , but the corroborant walk is worth for the spacious view you can enjoy from here: the Old town, the other castle and the vineyards which surround Sion.

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    CHAPELLE DE TOUS-LES-SAINTS

    by white_smallstar Written Jul 7, 2010

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    This small stone church is along the path between the two castles. It was closed during my stay. Anyway the view from here is very nice. There are also some benches close to it in case of tiredness.

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    Walk up to the Sion castles

    by iammon Written Jul 15, 2009
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    Sion is a rare pearl with a multitude of facets. The old town, which backs onto the Valère and Tourbillon hills, the chateaux, the museums tell us the history of the past. You shold walk up to the castle and the ruins. The views are stunning.

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    • Castles and Palaces

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    Witches Tower

    by HORSCHECK Updated Aug 27, 2008

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    Witches Tower

    During medieval times Sion was completely enclosed by a fortification system.

    The only remnant of these fortifications is the Witches Tower (Tour des Sorciers), which dates back to the 12th century. It is nowadays used for various temporary exhibitions.

    Directions:
    The Witches Tower can be found at the junction of the narrow Rue de La Tour and the wide Avenue Ritz, just north of Sion's old town.

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    • Trains
    • Backpacking

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