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Valais, Switzerland

Mini Guide

Where to eat, stay, shop and explore in Valais, Switzerland.

The region of Valais, Switzerland has some of the country’s most iconic attractions. Mountain peaks, small villages, happy free-roaming cows, that incredible raclette cheese and more gondolas and trains than you could ever imagine. It’s the spot to get a perfect dose of Swiss happiness. Here’s a downloadable guide to Next Destination’s favourite Valais moments.

Visit + Stay

Nendaz and Villa Cassel

This mountain town is packed during the winter ski season, but during the summer it’s quietness is great for hiking, exploring trails and dipping your toes into the Swiss mountain vibe.

Villa Cassel Pro Nature Centre, Villa Cassel, 3987 Riederalp, Switzerland
A sustainable stay, this lodge is also a great place to learn with a running school for kids, loads of history (a mansion that has been converted into a hotel and school), and it’s the best base for exploring the Aletsch Glacier.


Things To Do

A forest walk with raclette. There’s really nothing like Swiss raclette cheese. And having it by open fire after a short walk through the forest is a must.

Hike Aletsch Glacier

The Aletsch Glacier is the largest glacier in the Alps and hiking around this wonder is a must. If you’re super adventurous you can hike along the actual glacier bed. But for average travelers, hiking the nearby mountains will give you incredible views (and you can also spot the famous Matterhorn mountain too).

Visit Leukerbad

This Swiss town is known for their thermal water, being a source of happiness and the stunning Gemmi Pass mountain. This is the spot to stop, take a thermal bath and then do lunch atop the mountain for incredible views.

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Leukerb And Therme

Leukerbad Therme, Rathausstrasse 32, 3954 Leukerbad, Switzerland

These thermal waters have been drawing locals and tourists to the town of Leukerbad for hundreds of years. You can take a therapeutic dip at Leukerbad Therme.

Get the best view point of Leukerbad from the peak of Gemmi Mountain and the Gemmi Pass. The hotel lodge at the top also has the perfect spot to dine for lunch.


Chalet Angelika, Torrentstrasse 94, 3955 Albinen, Switzerland
This family-run boutique hotel is an old village building that has been renovated by a husband and wife duo. It’s distinctly old-school Swiss with modern touches that make it cozy and inviting.

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