In early June during our weekend in Heidi’s Country, we went to the magnificent capital of the Valais, Sion.
Sion is one of the most surprising medieval towns. It is surrounded by mountains, it has hilltop castles and a shopping artery full of temptations. For visitors, a tour on the tourist train is a good idea to discover the city, it takes you to the foot of the two castles which overlook the city.
We had a lovely day and we promised to come back to try a renowned restaurant that serves local specialties and do some shopping.
I let you admire Sion through the photos I took.
To climb up Mont Valère one passes through the old town of Sion which is a succession of picturesque alleys.
The Mont Valère on which the castle stands presents an interesting multitude of flora and fauna. It also offers beautiful panoramic views.
Can be seen from afar the Tour des Chiens (in English the Dog’s Tower - what a weird name).
Views of Tourbillon Castle from the top of Mont Valère.
Valère Castle this fortified community encloses the homes of the canons of the church. It houses the Valais History Museum, cultivated terraces, a medieval garden, a mill, a barn and a cistern... and breath-taking panoramic views over the city of Sion and the Valais and the surrounding mountains such as “Haut de Cry” (2976 m high).
The Church of Notre Dame at the summit of Mont Valère built during the 12th-13th century and elevated to the rank of minor basilica by Pope Jean Paul II in October 1987.
The Valais History Museum offers a complete panorama of the life of man in the Valais, from his origins to the present day. The tour allows visitors to discover local treasures of cantonal and national importance.
Tourist train a good idea to discover the city, it takes you to the foot of the two castles that overlook the city.
The main street “Rue du Grand-Pont”, the tempting shopping artery
An address not to miss, “Oil & Whiskey” is a store for fans of gourmet, artisanal and exceptional products.
The beautiful Town Hall...
L' Enclos de Valère the restaurant that we are hoping to try...
Cathedral Notre-Dame du Glarier inside there was a beautiful wedding ceremony.