The white facade of the town hall is the mosts triking building in Rue du Grand-Pont, the main street of the old town. The building with the small tower dates from the 17th century. The tower presents the blue and golden clock faces of the astronomical clock. They display, in addition to the time, the zodiac, the moon phases, and the planets.The...more
The Majorie is the third castle in Sion. The original tower house was built for an official in the bishop's government in the 13th century. From the 14th to the 18th century the extended palace served as residence of the Bishops of Sion. The palace suffered severe damage in the fire of 1788 and was not to be repaired; the Bishop moved into a new...more
Sion has been the seat of a bishop since the 5th century. His cathedral was refurbished and enlarged several times. The oldest part of the present building is the Romanesque steeple, dating from the 12th century. The rest of the church was repeatedly damaged in wars during the middle ages. The gothic nave was added around 1500. The main art work...more
The church of St Théodul is located in the same square as the cathedral Nôtre-Dame. It is much smaller and does not have an impressive steeple like its neighbour, so it is probably often overlooked. It has more local references, though, so if you are interested in the church history of the Valais have a look at it.The church is dedicated to a saint...more
While the Valère belonged to the cathdral chapter, Tourbillon was the castle and residence of the Bishop of Sion in the middle ages. A century after its completion, however, the Bishop moved down to the Majorie, closer to the town. One of his successors then refurbished the castle in the mid 15th century and it served as the bishops' summer...more
Veysonnaz Sur Sion, Sion, Valais, 1993, Switzerland
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Avenue Grand Champsec 21, Sion, Valais, 1950, Switzerland
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Rue du Scex 10, Sion, Valais, CH-1950, Switzerland
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One sunny day in August I had lunch here with VT members Tripack and Zajem. We had a table in the back of the lovely garden terrace. The restaurant is upmarket but they had lunch specials, so called "assiette du jour". We all opted for those, which came at CHF 21.00 each. To drink we shared a litre bottle of mineral water at CHF 10.50.Our outdoor...more
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. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------We had a WINE TASTING SESSION at the OENOTHEQUE of the CHATEAU DE VILLA in the same manor where there is also the homonymous...more
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. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------UNFORGETTABLE DINNER!If you like cheese (and raclette), this is an address you have to remember.First the manor itself is very...more
We visited the St. James Irish Tavern on a Wednesday evening just around midnight for a last few drinks with a local friend. They have several Irish, Swiss and international beers on offer, some of them on tap.As in most foreign Irish Pubs the Irish beers are more expensive than the local beers.The interior consists of a large curved bar and some...more
Sion has invested a couple of millions in a fantastic sound and light show which is free of charge. It starts at the City Hall (Hôtel de Ville). You can just show up, no need of prebooking. Best is to check with the tourist office about the exact dates and times. So, at the starting time small round lights start to appear in the small street to the...more
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FROM MILANO (ITALY) TO SWITZERLAND (SION)There are at least 10 departures per day of trains from Milan in Italy to Geneva which have a stop in Sion. Four of them are direct trains (Cisalpino train)8:25 – 12:25 – 17:20 – 19:25 (June 2010)FROM SWITZERLAND (SION) TO MILANO (ITALY)There are at least 10 departures per day of trains from Sion which...more
From mid May until mid October free city bikes can be rented from a bike stand at the Place de la Planta. The project is called "Sion roule".To get one of the bikes you have to leave your I.D. card and a deposit of 50 CHF. Then you can head off for the whole day, but you have to return your bike before the bike stand closes at 19:00 h.This project...more
We had a WINE TASTING SESSION at the OENOTHEQUE of the CHATEAU DE VILLA in the same manor where there is also the homonymous restaurant. After wandering for km around vineyards, this was a good way to enjoy a glass of Valaisan wine.The cellar has a lot of different types of local wines also available for salemore
Lindt chocolate is probably one of the most famous Swiss brands which is known all over the world. The company was founded in 1845 and their headquarter is situated in Kilchberg in the canton of Zurich.Nowadays their yummy chocolate and confectionery are produced in six different factories; mainly in Europe but also in the United States.In...more
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. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Wandering among nice houses in the Old Town of Sierre, I noticed some pretty decorations hung on the walls or on the...more
A local beer brand in the Canton of Valais is the or Bière Valaisanne (French name) or Walliser Bier (German name). The brewery was founded in 1865 in Sion. In 1972 it was acquired by the Feldschlösschen brewery which is Switzerland's largest brewery.Popular beer types include their lager and the "Blonde 25" which is a fashionable light beer. It...more
Sion is, statistically, one of the driest places in the whole of Switzerland. The Rhône valley, like other valleys in the middle of the Alps between the two main ridges, receive little rain and have big problems about sufficient water supply (hence the elaborate system of little canals, called Bisses or Suonen, for irrigation in the mountains).
Anyway, all these statistics are no guarantee, as my photos indicate. Even here the usual rule applies: never travel without an umbrella or rain jacket.
Did I ever mention that I do not believe in weather statistics?
Don't forget to pick up a free city map and some brochures or leaflets about Sion and the surrounding region at the Tourist Office.
They have various maps with useful descriptions of the main sights available and the staff is very helpful and friendly.
Sion's Main Tourist Office is situated at the southern side of the Place de la Planta, right in the heart of the city centre.
Address: Office du Tourisme de Sion, Place de la Planta, 1950 Sion
Martigny, and here we wanted to see the Gorges du Trieges. Well, we thought we found the road, so we headed up a very, windy, Mountain road to the town of Salvan. We continued onto the end of the road which was Le Tretien. Some how, we never did find the gorge, but what we did see, was fabulous views on this Mountain road. The town of Salvan was...more
After the township of Chamoson, our next village of some note, was Saillon. What a surprise this was, for here high above the town, was the 1000year old Bayart tower, a 19-metre-high Keep built by the Count of Savoy. There is a sad story to this Tower, and I will quote:"In the spring of 1301, 19-year-old Guigonne de Saillon, said to be the most...more
On the way to Sion, we travelled via the A9 highway. Heading back to Martigny, we decided to try the back road, passing through Vetroz to Chamoson. The road travelled fairly paralel to the highway, but closer to the Mountains, through villages and past vineyards, orchard's and some interesting rock formation's. This route was much more scenic, and...more
Not the biggest skiing center at Sion area, but a good family destination.to get there:TGV : Paris - Lausanne Intercity Lausanne - Sion TGV : Paris - Sion (winter season) Pendolino: Milan - Sion Intercity: stops at Sion You can rent equipment on the spot. Daily ski passes from 44 CHF.more
Explore the side streets and alleys of the old town with the camera. The ground plan is a maze, it is hard to suggest a route. Poke your nose ito the side alleys. You won't lose your way, you will come across signposts and open views towards one of the castles every now and then, no worries. Look for street views and details like doors, lamp...more
The three political flags that are relevant for Sion and can be found on public buildings go well together. It is a coincidence but they look like a carefully designed decoration. ALl three use the same colours: red and white (= silver). In the middle here, there is the Swiss flag with the white cross on red ground. On the left there is the flag of...more
When walking the streets and alleys of the old town, note the street lamps. They are of course electric but shaped like old-fashioned lanterns. Most of them are attached to facades or corners of houses with wrought-iron "arms". These are not only delicate pieces of craftsmanship - the best about them is that they are all different. I cannot...more