Sion & Saillon
Switzerland's oldest town and the capital of Swiss canton of Valais/Wallis is Sion, is only 20 mins away. Boasting 2 châteaux, the ancient priory of Sion, a fort, Europe's largest underground lake and many museums there is no shortage of things to see. For those in need of retail therapy there are full shopping facilities and a Friday market, as well as a theatre, cinema and swimming pool. Saillon, with its thermal baths, is just 30 mins away. Verbier, a thriving ski centre in winter is worth a summer visit. There is snow here all year round.
Nearby Towns, Cities & Landmarks
Being only 15 minutes from the A9 motorway makes for a convenient base for exploring Switzerland and parts of Italy. Nearby attractions include the Grand Dixence Dam, Sion, Zermatt glacier, Solothurn, Jungfraujoch, Lake Thunersee, Lake Geneva and the numerous towns/villages around its shoreline including Geneva, Lausanne, Montreux and Vevey
Whilst Switzerland is of course land-locked, this is amply compensated for by its many beautiful lakes, some of which are within an hours drive. These are a natural playground for water sports and the perfect location for a summer picnic or a refreshing swim. Lake Geneva (aka Lac Leman) and the Swiss Riviera is an hours drive, where you will find sandy beaches in Villeneuve, Bouveret and Montreux or enjoy a boat trip.
Surrounded on all fronts by high mountain ranges, Valais is particularly sunny all year round and the climate is classed as Mediterranean. This makes it a prosperous fruit growing area that produces some excellent wines. Sion is surrounded by vineyards and is one of the main wine producing areas in Switzerland.
Matterhorn Gottard Bahn; Mont Blanc Express, Martigny; Saint Bernard Express, Martigny; Oberwald Steam Railway; Glacier Express, Zermatt; Gornergrat Bahn, Zermatt: The Matterhorn Railway and Parc d'Attractions du Châtelard. The Chocolate train from Montreux is another popular excursion.