Visiting Sion, the capital of the Canton Valais, was one of the most wonderful experiences of my life. The Canton of Valais is situated in the south-western part of Switzerland that boosts of its incredibly beautiful landmarks, be it a castle, museum or a mine. Whether you want to know about Saint Maurice or discover beauty in Montreux, Sion is the ultimate place to visit that is rich in culture, heritage, and diversity. Here I want to share my breathtaking experience of visiting Sion and Canton Valais with you. Stay tuned!
Castle Tourbillon, Castle of Valeria
The Chateau of Tourbillon, also known as the Tourbillon Castle, is a famous Swiss castle in the Canton of Valais. I went there alone and was mesmerized by the ruins that have been there since the 13th century. It has got a complete unique charm attached to its fortress that boasts of a Savoyard Bishop Boniface of Challant. It is a perfect place with two hills with their castles standing at the other end of the Martigny valley. If you are longing for an unforgettable experience, do not hesitate to go during any time of the year, be it during summer or winter.
Aletsch – the largest Alpine Glacier
The Great Aletsch Glacier has got a peak of almost 4,000 meters in height which makes it quite an impressive view to witness. The spectacular roads lead to the Rote Chumma and also to the Marjelen lake basin. According to me, if you are looking for some fun filled adventure, then this is the right place to create some memorable memories. To experience a splendid view, the rock stairways offers Europe’s largest ice flow. I visited the place during the summer and I must say the fresh glacier breeze touching my skin was the best thing ever that happened to me.
Bex salt mine
Since the 17th century, the Bex Salt Mines had been operating which is now a living museum. It was completely a different experience for me knowing how salt was first discovered during the 15th century and later was mined. I was excited to even travel to the salt mine in the real mine train.
The most visited historic monument of Sion is the Chillon Castle or the Chateau de Chillon that is located between the Lake Geneva and the Alps. It was the home to the Counts of Savoy and we were also taken to the underground of the castle for a tour where the prisoners were kept. The grand bedroom, cave stores, huge halls, three courtyards and much more are worth watching and I had a mind-boggling experience while being there.
Charlie Chaplin Museum
Yes, you read it right. To pay tribute to the legend of comedy, Charlie Chaplin, a museum dedicated to his work opened in his former home in Vevey. The house also named as the Manoir de Ban was the place where he spent the last 25 years of his life with his wife and children. It is so overwhelming to step into the museum and remember every clip from his famous movies that made you laugh. That’s not the end. The walk inside made me feel as if I am walking on the sets of his movies. You should definitely not miss this.
I had the time of my life visiting the everlasting beauty of Switzerland, the Canton Valais. Trust me, you wouldn’t regret about a single moment that you would spend here discovering the reason why Switzerland is actually said to be the place where the Heavens fall. So are you game? Pack your bags and head out for a breathtaking journey ahead in Canton Valais.