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Valais is home to one of the most recognisable landmarks in Switzerland – the majestic Matterhorn mountain. The pyramid-shaped peak has been a symbol of the country since the late 19th century when it was first successfully climbed. Since then the Matterhorn has become the focus for alpine mountaineering and tourists, and climbers still come from all over the world to see and take on the challenge of this iconic mountain.
The characterful, car-free resort of Zermatt is the closest town to the Matterhorn, and it’s filled with a whole host of places to stay for a full holiday or quick weekend getaway. To get the best views of the Matterhorn – without having to be a pro-mountaineer – take the cable car from Zermatt up to neighbouring mountain of Klein Matterhorn. The views from the top will be an unforgettable part of your holiday in Valais.
Wherever you decide to holiday in Valais, you’ll be able to get out on the piste on nearly 1,500 miles of slopes and guaranteed snow. All the fashionable resorts – Verbier, Leukerbad and Crans-Montana – are well connected to the slopes via cable cars, funicular railways and chair lifts. And it doesn’t matter if you’re a complete beginner or seasoned pro, visiting with children or as part of a group of friends, there’s skiing, snowboarding and all manner of other fun snow activities to please everyone. Amazingly, even at the height of summer you can get out on the snow, high up on the glacier pistes of Valais near Saas Fee and Zermatt. You might even bump into some of the international sports teams who use it as their summer training ground.
Top of many visitors’ lists when they’re on holiday in Valais is making the most of the great outdoors. A lot of places claim to have truly spectacular views and jaw-dropping landscapes to explore, but within minutes of arriving in Valais, you’ll see it’s true. Hiking trails lead you through mountain passes and tranquil alpine meadows, past lakes and streams, traditional towns and secluded valleys. When you’re ready for a break, be sure to try some of the local specialities including fondue, chocolate, honey and wine. The recipe for a very special holiday in Valais.
Situated in Saillon, this spa hotel is 3.6 mi (5.8 km) from Casino de Saxon Theater and within 12 miles (20 km) of Ovronnaz Thermal Baths and Chatillon Ski Lift. Saint-Bernard Museum and Batiaz Chateau are also within 12 miles (20 km).
Situated on the riverfront, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St. Mauritius Church, Mountaineers Cemetery and Matterhorn Museum. Zermatt-Furi Gondola and Gorner Ridge are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Located near the slopes, this City Centre hotel is in the mountains and within a 10-minute walk of Matterhorn Museum, St. Mauritius Church and Mountaineers Cemetery. Zermatt-Furi Gondola and Sunnegga Ski Resort are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located near the slopes, this Zermatt hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mountaineers Cemetery and Zermatt-Furi Gondola, and is convenient for winter sports, such as cross-country skiing and skiing lessons. St. Mauritius Church and Matterhorn Museum are also within 10 minutes.
Located in the heart of Leukerbad, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Torrent Cable Car and Leukerbad-Therme. Gemmi Gondola is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) away.
Located in City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Matterhorn Museum and St. Mauritius Church. Mountaineers Cemetery and Zermatt-Furi Gondola are also within 15 minutes.
Located in the heart of Zermatt, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Mauritius Church, Mountaineers Cemetery, and Matterhorn Museum. Zermatt-Furi Gondola and Gorner Ridge are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Situated in Zermatt, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Matterhorn Museum, St. Mauritius Church and Mountaineers Cemetery. Zermatt-Furi Gondola and Sunnegga Ski Resort are also within 3 miles (5 km).