Sion Things to Do

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    Hôtel de ville (City hall)

    by yumyum Updated Nov 11, 2007

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    Built in 1657-1665 in Renaissance style, it was equipped in 1668 with a big astronomical clock. The entrance door is beautifully carved in wood.

    If it’s open you can visit the entrance hall where you can find the oldest remains of Christianity on Swiss soil, the Christogramm from 377 by Pontius Asclepidotus.

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    Valère castle

    by yumyum Written Nov 11, 2007

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    The Valère castle is not as high as Tourbillon but it features the Notre-Dame-de-Valère church from the 12th century. The church is very special as it has like a chapel inside it which is fenced of by a half-open wall. The big body of the church is from a later date. The organ is from 1435 and was extended in 1687 and is apparently the world’s oldest organ still functioning.

    Inside the castle walls there is also a café and a history museum.

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    Place de la Planta

    by yumyum Written Nov 11, 2007

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    Place de la Planta (tourist office)
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    On this big basically traffic free square you will find the tourist information office, where you can get free maps and information. Also just in front of the tourist office building the little train leaves for sight seeing.

    Further you will find a “Helvetia” fountain, which is a monument to the joining of Valais to the Swiss Confederation in 1815 and the Palais du Gouvernement here and in the summer season the “Sion roule” station, where you can hire a free bicycle. In the underground of the square you can find public toilets.

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    Castle

    by lonestar_philomath Updated Aug 29, 2007

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    I actually took this picture from my car while trying to find a Diax telecommunications site. If I had time, I would have tried visiting, but an American working in Switzerland was at a disadvantage. My employer (Nokia Schweitz) worked me seven days a week with little time off, and Nokia wondered why I refused to take on a second tour in Switzerland. They took their revenge for not renewing my contract and when I arrived back in the United States, Nokia Inc. laid me off.

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    Valère Castle

    by Tripack Updated Aug 20, 2007

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    You can't miss it... wherever you are in Sion, Valère is watching you!

    Strategically built during the XIst Century at the top of Valère hill and named after it, this fortified castle is in fact a basilica.

    Nowadays you could visit the well renovated buildings and the Historical Museum and get great views on the city and the Rhône valley.

    To be continued...

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    Enjoy a "bisse" walk around Sion

    by Tripack Written Aug 1, 2007

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    Bisse Clavau walk and Tourbillon castle on the hil


    The Bisses are the vital witnesses of a history, culture and civilisation in Valais. Hollowed out into the ground, cut into or hanging from the rock face, like scars leaden with memories, they symbolise the fight of the people for the control of water.

    Borne out of the peasant’s desire to escape from the cruel consequences of drought, the water was collected from rivers and artificially diverted onto the cultivated hills.

    The paths that run alongside these Bisses have the advantage of being slightly inclined, passing through very varied locations and always providing surprising detours through the valleys, villages and mountains. Hence the reason why these little trails, without any traffic, constitute very pleasant walks and allow you to discover one of the most picturesque aspects of Valais region.

    In the Sion region you will have the choice between 3 nice walks:

    1. Le Bisse de Clavau: Sion - Molignon - Signèse - Saint-Léonard (ideal stop to visit the Underground Lake)
    Walking time: 2h1/2

    2. Le Bisse de Lentine: Sion-Bisse de Lentine-Sion
    Walking time: 2h1/2

    3. Le Bisse de Montorge: Sion - Lac de Montorge - Pont-de-la-Morge
    Walking time: 2h.

    Enjoy the view and the walk!

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    Tasteful pleasures...

    by Tripack Updated Aug 1, 2007

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    Sion Vineyards and Val��re & Tourbillon Castles


    Valais is famous for its mountains, but its wines are one of Switzerland’s best-kept secrets. Canton Valais not only has more 4'000 metre peaks than any other region of the Alps, it also boasts Switzerland’s largest winegrowing region, with 5'200 hectares of vineyards divided up into 22'000 separate properties.

    More than 40 different grape varieties are grown in the Sion region however Chasselas, Pinot Noir and Gamay account for 85 per cent of the total surface area of the vineyards. The main wines produced are Fendant (white wine made from 100 per cent Chasselas) and Dôle (red made mainly from Pinot Noir and Gamay). Old varieties unique to the Valais are making a comeback: Petite Arvine, Amigne, Humagne Rouge and Cornalin.

    If you want to taste to know more the local wine, have a look to my following tips: Wine discovery.

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    Wine discovery Provins

    by Tripack Updated Aug 1, 2007

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    So Sweet & Sexy ;-)


    Provins is one of the main wine producer in Valais. Many winegrowers (called member) bring their harvest to this cooperative for the wine making by oenologists.

    Some of my favourite are Maître de Chais and Mémoire du Temps , Domaine Tournelette and my last discovery is a fine Pinot Noir Domaine du Perrec Selection Philippe Rochat 2002 (one of our finest Swiss Cook).

    Each year in November, I go to the Vente à Quai (direct sales from the cellar) to taste the new vintage, discuss with the oenologists and discover some fine wine for my own cellar.

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    Wine discovery Cave des Cailles

    by Tripack Updated Aug 1, 2007

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    An original cupper stone as brand!


    I met Cédric Flaction a master oenologist during a wine fair (Vinea and Arvinis), I decided to visit his cellar as I get immediatly a good felling with his vintage. He shares his enthusiam about wine making always with a good sense of humour. A great time to share some friendly glasses of wine. His wine has so much success that you should book a long time before to be sure to enjoy the next vintage.

    You will always welcome to his cellar just to Sion East (direction Sierre).

    Last tip: His Red are just fantastic, at least for his sold out vintage 2003 ;-).

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    Fireworks Show.

    by aliante1981 Written Jun 12, 2003

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    The big fireworks show takes place (at least, it was noticed by me) twice a year. First occasion is the city day, and the second being the Confederation Day (Aug 1). While it is not as famous as the one in Geneva (also witnessed by me, and on several occasions, too) it, just like the latter, has a unique setting. It is lake for Geneva, and it is ruins
    on the two dominant hills for Sion. The funny effect is being achieved through a lightning that the fireworks give to the ruined castle and to the Cathedral. They lit up every time a firework is shot, and then fade into darkness
    again. Worth seeing, folks!

    Only two pieces of advice on practical side:

    - Check the weather forecast, for it is highly unstable in the region (Alps, you know)

    - Come early, else you won't find a place -- not only a good one, but a-n-y place

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    Jesuit church

    by yumyum Updated Nov 11, 2007

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    Unfortunately the Jesuit church is not open to the public on a daily basis. But sometimes they have concerts there and that’s your chance to see it, if you have an admission ticket.

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    Tour des Sorciers (Witches tower)

    by yumyum Written Nov 11, 2007

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    In the middle ages Sion was enclosed in a ring wall for defence. Today only the witches tower is left. It dates back to the 12th century.

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