Activities: Valais region

Cultural activities

Underground lake of Saint-Leonard

Discover one of the most fascinating places underground, discovered in 1943 and exploited since 1949, 10 minutes from Sion.
The “Lac Souterrain de St-Léonard” is located in Switzerland, between Sion and Sierre, in the heart of the Valais Alps. A privileged witness to the formation of the Alps, this navigable underground lake nestles in the hillside at a depth of between 30 and 70 metres beneath the vineyards. With a length of 300 metres, it is the largest natural and navigable underground lake in Europe.
As the cave is completely submerged, all visits are made in rowing boats for up to 40 people.
In complete silence, multilingual guides take you on a tour of this fascinating world. During a 30-minute guided tour you will glide along the clear waters of the lake and learn to decipher its mysteries.

Lac souterrain de Saint-Léonard
Case postale 75
Rue du Lac 21
1958 Saint-Léonard
admin@lac-souterrain.com; +41 27 203 22 66


Dams

They are among the most colossal, heaviest and most impressive structures in the Alps: the dams of the Valais Alps. The most imposing of them can be visited, let yourself be guided and surprised. Built by human hands, each dam shows in a spectacular way how important the production of hydraulic energy is for the economy of an Alpine canton. The Valais dams will also play an important role in the future as Switzerland’s most important source of renewable energy. An unforgettable experience.

Cleuson (Nendaz)
Dixence (Hérémence)
Finhaut (Emosson

Valais/Wallis Promotion
https://www.valais.ch/fr/activites/excursions/visites-de-barrages
Rue Pré Fleuri 6
Case postale 1469
1951 Sion


Regional sports activities

The Bisses

Important witnesses of Valaisan culture, the bisses were built as early as the 13th century to irrigate meadows and vineyards. These small canals are lined with gently sloping paths that delight hikers.

Valais/Wallis Promotion
Rue Pré Fleuri6
Case postale 1469
1951 Sion


Crans Montana Golf Club

Imagine a plateau dominating the Rhone valley from its 1500 m. In front of you, the highest peaks, from the Matterhorn to Mont Blanc. It was in this majestic setting that the golf pioneers laid out the first course in 1906. Since then, the greens have continued to flourish in the sunshine and the greatest players have been won over by the natural beauty of the site. Here, golf is on firm ground, with 4 courses, including the famous 18-hole course named after its prestigious creator, Severiano Ballesteros, which is ranked by specialist magazines as one of the most beautiful in the world and hosts the European Masters, an unmissable event. The second course, the Jack Nicklaus, has been named the most beautiful 9-hole course in Switzerland four times. 

Altitude 1’500 metres
Opening May to end of October

Rue du Prado 20
3963 Crans-Montana
info@golfcrans.ch
Tel: +41 (0)27 485 97 97
Fax: +41 (0)27 485 97 98


Hiking

In Valais, walking is one of the most popular activities. With more than 8,000 km of marked trails, hikers can enjoy themselves to the full, whether in the mountains, through larch forests, along the Bisses, in nature parks, on footbridges, on historical sections or on wine trails. As you can see, the Valais offers a wide range of activities, both for sporty walkers and for those who like to stroll. There are also several paths accessible to people with reduced mobility, and picturesque thematic paths where you can observe the fauna and flora at close quarters.

Valais/Wallis Promotion
Rue Pré Fleuri 6
Case postale 1469
1951 Sion