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    33 mountains with a hight over 4000 m

    by globetrott Updated Apr 20, 2010

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    In Switzerland there are a total of 74 mountains with a hight over 4000 m and 33 of them you will find in the area around Zermatt. Also the highest mountain of Switzerland, the Dufourspitze (Monte Rosa) with a hight of 4.634 meters above sealevel is close to Zermatt and the Matterhorn.
    The Matterhorn is certainly the bestknown of all of them, but it holds just place #10 of the highest mountains of Switzerland with a hight of 4.477 meters above sealevel.

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    Brig & the Stockalperpalast

    by globetrott Updated Apr 19, 2010

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    The Stockalperpalast in Brig is a very well known tourist-attraction of Canton du Vallais. It is an oversized palace dating back to 1658, and it was built for Kaspar Jodok von Stockalper, who was a swiss merchant, banker and polititian (* 14. Juli 1609 in Brig; † 21. April 1691). During the times of the 30-year-war he controlled all the imports and exports over the Simplon-pass, that is one of the most important passroads of Switzerland.
    There are 3 large towers with a golden onion-top and these towers are called Kaspar, Melchior and balthasar, just like the 3 holy kings.
    You can step inside the innercourts of this palace and will see there 2 old postal-carriages that were used for the Simplon-pass (my 2nd and 3rd pic) . These carriages and all other transport over the Simplon-pass were the main income for the Stockalper family and finally also for all of the region.

    the Stockalperpalast in Brig postal-carriage over the Simplonpass postal-carriage over the Simplonpass
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    Sion : Notre-Dame-de-Valère & Valère castle

    by globetrott Updated Apr 20, 2010

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    The cathedral Notre-Dame-de-Valère
    inside of Château de Valère is absultely worth seeing !
    It is was really a great surprise for me to find a cathedral dating back to the 12th century inside of the the castle-walls of Château de Valère / castle Valère. They are still doing a lot of restaurations now but in many places you can already see its former beauty.
    The organ of this church was originally built in 1435 and renovated and extended in 1687 and it is said to be the oldest organ in the world that is still functioning. In order to enter this part of the castle you have to pay a small entrancefee.
    Guided tours through the cathedral :
    From Oct till May:daily at 10.15, 11.15am and 04.15pm
    but Sat ONLY at 10.15 + 11.15am
    Sundays ONLY at 04.15pm !
    From June till Sep: also at 05.15pm
    (except for Saturdays!)
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    The castle is open daily
    From June 1st till Sep 30th: 11.00am - 06.00pm
    and Oct. till May 31st : 11.00am till 05.00pm

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    Sion : Tourbillon castle

    by globetrott Updated May 7, 2010

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    Tourbillon castle
    is the 2nd large castle high above Sion.
    and unfortunately I came to late in order to take a look inside of that great castle. At least I was able to step up and enter its first medieval townwall before I came to the point, where the gates were closed. Tourbillon castle dates back to the 13th century and was destroyed several times over the centuries.
    Tourbillon castle is open for visitors:
    Middle of March till end of April plus
    Oct. till middle of November:11.00am-05.00pm
    May-Sept. : 10.00am-06.00pm

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    The Matterhorn

    by globetrott Updated Apr 19, 2010

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    The Matterhorn is 4'478 m high
    The Matterhorn is one of the best known mountains on earth and hopefully you will bring enough time and patience in order to go up the Gornergrat in order to have the best view of this great mountain-scenery !
    But even for the fast-tourists it is easy to get a great view of Matterhorn from a place that is within walking-distance of just about 20-30 minutes from the train-station. All of my pics were done from there !
    From a lot of hotels in Zermatt you will have a great view of the Matterhorn as well from your room !

    The Matterhorn in Zermatt The Matterhorn in Zermatt The Matterhorn in Zermatt The Matterhorn in Zermatt The Matterhorn in Zermatt
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    Zermatt

    by globetrott Updated Apr 19, 2010

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    Zermatt is 1'610 m high & carfree
    5700 inhabitans & 117 hotels with 15.000 beds
    These are some of the facts for this well known mountain-village, thats history dates back more than 6000 years when the first settlements were made in that area. My favorite part of Zermatt are the sidestreets with interesting wooden houses dating back around 200-300 years. Some of these houses were built on stilts that end in a larger stone-plate that is ment to unable the mice and rats to enter the building that way (see that in my last 2 photos!). The roofs of most of these houses are covered the traditional way by thin plates of natural stone, fixed by nails.
    The only way to get there is walking or taking a ride in a horsecarriage and some hotels also have electrical buses for their clients.

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    Sion: Chapelle de Tous-les-Saint

    by globetrott Updated Apr 20, 2010

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    Chapelle de Tous-les-Saints (All Saints chapel) in Sion was built between both castles and it dates back to the 14th century. Unfortunately this interesting church in romanesque style with gothic elements is normally not open for the public, so I had no chance to take a look inside.

    Chapelle de Tous-les-Saints in Sion Chapelle de Tous-les-Saints in Sion Chapelle de Tous-les-Saints in Sion Chapelle de Tous-les-Saints in Sion Chapelle de Tous-les-Saints in Sion
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    The Matterhorn

    by eurotravels Written Jul 29, 2004

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    To me it's just not possible to leave the Valais without having seen the Matterhorn. It's so distinctive whichever side you decide to view it from but we found the most picturesque way was to take to cable car to Rothorn and walk to the lakes for the reflections (shame about the horrible rubbish can men that have been built there, though - does anyone know what that is all about?)

    The Matterhorn
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    Martigny-Bourg

    by globetrott Updated Apr 20, 2010

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    Martigny-Bourg has a great carmuseum
    I have to admit, I have not been there yet, but plan to do so for my next time Wallis / Canton du Valais. They have a car ther that they call "Mini-Bugatti Royal" / Petite Bugatti Royale, 1930, togeather with about 50 other cars as a Benz from1897 , Stanley à vapeur, De Dion Bouton, Germain, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia's Delaunay-Belleville, Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost,
    Mercedes SS, Alfa-Romeo 1750cc, Isotta-Fraschini, Hispano-Suiza and a lot more.
    Their collection of swiss-made-cars includes : 3 Pic-Pic, 5 Martini, 2 Turicum, 2 Sigma, Zedel, Stella, Maximag etc.
    This carmuseum is daily open for visitors :
    From Nov. till June: 10 am to 6 pm
    June - November: 9 am to 7 pm

    a Rolls Royce from another museum !
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    Earth pyramids

    by eurotravels Written Jul 29, 2004

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    South of Sion in the Herens valley are the earth pyramids - a strange geological formation caused as hard rock has protected the soft, gravelly earth underneath from erosion. They are visible from the road but for the best views park up at the side of the road just after you drive through a hole made in one of the pyramids and follow the steep (and sometimes slippery) path down.

    Earth pyramids
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    visit aletsch glacier

    by hanspeter_W. Written Aug 15, 2009

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    With a length of 23 km, the Aletsch is the longest glacier in the Alps. It is surrounded by the Aletsch Forest, which, at an altitude of 2,2000 meters is one of the highest stone pine forests in Europe.
    The popular Aletsch hike allows you to experience the glacier and the forest at close range. The route starts at Riederalp (Riederfurka) and leads along moraine trails through the natural park. There are breathtaking views all along the way. Then it leads to Lake Märjelen and from there to Fiescheralp.

    aletsch glacier

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    grachen - sunniest place in switzerland

    by hanspeter_W. Written Aug 29, 2009

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    Grächen...The family resort high in the Swiss Alps
    In past editions of Euro Ski we have sung the praises of Grachen as a very good family resort. We still do. However we hasten to add that Grachen is not just a family and kids playground, but a decent stop for good skiers too. There are a small number of challenging runs, which, when combined with the beauty and tranquility the place has to offer, it is a good all around ski resort too. Your family and less talented friends will enjoy the place also. At 1600m, the village stands a good chance of attracting a decent snowfall, and, when this occurs, the opportunities for off piste skiing as well as ski touring are good. Check with the ski school for

    in center of graechen view to the mountains from graechen village

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    Wine discovery Cave L'Orpailleur

    by Tripack Updated Jun 3, 2006

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    A genuine Gold mine to taste some fine local vintage (Or Noir, Blanc or Jaune...). I have visited this cellar and met Frédéric Dumoulin and his brother David, who share their wine passion and knowledge with enthusiam. A great souvenir.

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    Wine discovery Cave du Paradou

    by Tripack Updated Jun 3, 2006

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    "Wine is the most civilized thing in the world." Ernest Hemingway

    Since 1994, Nax has one of the best kept secret winery in Switzerland. With only 4 hectares of vineyards, the quality is most important than the quantity. The friendly oenologist Augusto and its superb vintages win multiple awards around Switzerland and the World. Passion and diversity are the key success as more than 30 types of vine are available.

    Nunc est bibendum!
    Sante, cheers, nasdarowije, skol, salute, zum Wohl!!!

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