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Val d'Anniviers is a magical place. As you enter from the broad vine-clad Rhône, swinging in tight hairpins to gain the height required in order to get onto the eastern shelf of the valley, there’s a sense of grandeur about the long open tunnel stretching ahead... at the very head of the valley is some of the loveliest mountain scenery imaginable.
(reproduced with the kind permission of Kev Reynolds, The Valais. Switzerland, first published 1989).

This is a delightfully apt description of anyone’s introduction into the beautiful and unspoilt Val d'Anniviers. This hidden gem is home to a handful of beautiful old picture postcard Valaisian villages, dotted around the steep mountain sides of this Rhône valley tributary. Dark wooden chalets line old cobbled Streets; topped with crisp white snow in winter and enlivened by the riot of colour that summer and the traditional geranium packed flower boxes brings.

The valley southwards climbs from Sierre before it divides into two forks. The Val de Zinal is dominated by Lo Besso (3,668m), which, as you take to the footpaths, then gives way to the magnificent Imperial Crown of 4000m+ mountains, including Bishorn, Weisshorn, Dent Blanche, Zinalrothorn and Ober Gabelhorn.

The Val de Moiry leads to the Moiry Dam, holding in the Lac de Moiry overshadowed by the Glacier de Moiry and the Grand Cornier (3,963m)

The Val d'Anniviers is the furthest East of the French speaking valleys in the canton of Valais (Wallis), situated just over 2 hours from Geneva. Valais itself boasts the 10 highest mountains in Swizterland –all over 4,000m.  The capital of Valais, Sion ,is a delightful old city which has numerous historic remains, including a 13th-century castle, a late Gothic cathedral, and a 17th-century town hall.

Val d'Anniviers is a delight in all seasons. An ever-growing home to winter sports enthusiasts, it offers some of the best off-piste skiing in Europe and plently of pisted slopes to enjoy, from beginners to advanced. Great scenery for winter walking and a good selection of other activités to suit all tastes.  In summer, the valley is transformed to a delightful green haven with an abundance of mountain walks to suit all levels, mountain biking and other outdoor sports.

In between the main seasons, there is still much to enjoy in the Val d’Anniviers. Autumn brings stunning scenery - a rich tapestry of warm and vibrant colours which change almost daily betewen the end of summer and the first snow of the coming winter. Spring is a delight as the snows melt and the first wild mountain flowers emerge to the warm sunlight.

Each village has its own tourist office website which provides a wealth of information on where to stay and what to do, whatever time of year you visit (see the 'links' section of this website for the tourist office websites).



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