The cities of Switzerland offer a lot to the eager traveler and there are plenty of landmarks and natural beauty to witness all around the country. However, if you want to wander a bit off the beaten path on your next Swiss holiday, check out the city of Sion. Here’s why…
Charming architecture is abound around Sion and should not be missed. Make sure to visit the Basilique de Valere, a fortified church that was built during the 12th and 13th centuries. It was visited by Pope John Paul II and is considered an example of traditional Swiss architecture. Other architectural places of interest include the Chateau de Tourbillon the ruins of a well known castle and the Maison Supersaxo, a mansion built in the 1500s.
Eating in Sion is an adventure of its own so make sure to keep up an appetite. Try some of the traditional foods like cheese Fondue with bread, a Raclette Fondue with gherkins and potatoes, the Cholera pastry made of apples, cheese, potatoes and onions or the Brisolee, a dish that consists of smoked meats, butter, bread and roasted chestnuts. Try the food on offer at well known eateries like Au Cheval Blanc, Le Cube and La Sitterie.
Located amongst the Alpine Valley, Sion makes a wonderful backdrop for some outdoors activities. Go fishing in the Bisse de Clavau channel, hiking amongst the vineyards or join in on an adventure tour that offers options for white water rafting and canyoning.
It wouldn’t be a true trip to Sion without sampling the wine. Head to Le Cube, an antiquated wine growers hut that knows how to pair their dishes with the perfect class of wine. Make your way to La Cave de Tous Vents to have a drink at the medieval wine bar and enjoy the atmosphere that is created from the source.