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La République et Canton du Valais
Der Republik und Kanton Wallis
Coat of arms of the Canton of Valais
Capital Sion
Population (2003) 278,200 (Ranked 9th)
  - Density 53 /km²
Area Coordinates: 46°14′N, 7°36′E 5224 km² (Ranked 3rd)
Highest point Dufourspitze 4634 m
Joined 1815
Abbreviation VS
Languages French, German
Executive Conseil d'Etat, Staatsrat (5)
Legislative Grand Conseil, Grosser Rat (130)
Municipalities 160 municipalities
Districts 13 districts, Bezirke
Website www.VS.ch

The Valais (German: Wallis ) is one of the 26 cantons of Switzerland in the south-western part of the country, around the valley of the Rhone River from its springs to Lake Geneva, separating the Pennine Alps from the Bernese Alps. The canton is one of the drier parts of Switzerland in its central Rhone valley. Paradoxically it is also one of most well-watered parts, having large amounts of snow and rain up on the highest peaks found in Switzerland. It is perhaps best known world wide for the Matterhorn. Image File history File links Valais-coat_of_arms. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Not to be confused with capitol. ... Sion (German Sitten, Latin Sedunum) is the capital of the Swiss canton of Valais. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, and also: The International Year of Freshwater The European Disability Year Events January events January 1 Luíz Inácio Lula Da Silva becomes the 37th President of Brazil. ... Population density per square kilometre by country, 2006 Population density map of the world in 1994. ... This article is about the physical quantity. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ... To help compare orders of magnitude of different geographical regions, we list here areas between 1,000 km² and 10,000 km². See also areas of other orders of magnitude. ... This is a lists of Cantons of Switzerland ranked by area. ... This is a list of Cantons of Switzerland by highest point. ... Dufourspitze (in German), Pointe Dufour (in French) or Punta Dufour (in Italian), is located in the Pennine Alps, near the watershed between Italy and Switzerland, on the Italian side. ... Elevation histogram of the surface of the Earth – approximately 71% of the Earths surface is covered with water. ... metre or meter, see meter (disambiguation) The metre is the basic unit of length in the International System of Units. ... Since 1848, the Swiss Confederation has been a federal state of relatively autonomous cantons, some of which have a history of confederacy that goes back more than 700 years, arguably putting them among the worlds oldest surviving republics. ... April 5-12: Mount Tambora explodes, changing climate. ... These are data codes for Switzerland. ... This is a List of office-holders in 2005 in Switzerland. ... This table lists the names of the executive and the legislative of the Cantons of Switzerland, as well as the current number of members. ... The term Grand Conseil or Great Council refers two different institutions during the Ancien Régime in France. ... Municipalities are the smallest government division in Switzerland. ... The Valais (also known in German as Wallis) is one of the 26 cantons of Switzerland in the south-western part of the country, in the Pennine Alps around the valley of the Rhone River from its springs to Lake Geneva. ... In contrast to centrally organised states, in the federally constituted Switzerland each Canton is completely free to decide its own internal organisation. ... In contrast to centrally organised states, in the federally constituted Switzerland each Canton is completely free to decide its own internal organisation. ... Download high resolution version (1181x797, 239 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Image File history File links De-Wallis. ... Valais Ticino Graubünden (Grisons) Geneva Vaud Neuchâtel Jura Berne Thurgau Zurich Aargau Lucerne Solothurn Basel-Land Schaffhausen Uri Schwyz Glarus St. ... Swiss redirects here. ... Length 800 km Elevation of the source 1753 m Average discharge 1800 m³/ s Area watershed 100,200 km² Origin Rhône glacier Mouth Mediterranean Sea Basin countries Switzerland, France The River Rhône ( Latin Rhodanus, French Rhône, Occitan Rose, German Rotten) is one of the major rivers (ca. ... Lake Geneva or Lake Léman (French Lac Léman, le Léman, or Lac de Genève) is the second largest freshwater lake in Central Europe (after Lake Balaton). ... The Pennine Alps (also: Valais Alps) are a mountain range in the western part of the Alps. ... The Bernese Alps (German: Berner Alpen) is a group of mountain ranges in the western part of the Alps, in Switzerland. ... The Matterhorn (German) or Cervino (Italian), (French: Mont Cervin or Le Cervin) is perhaps the most familiar mountain in the European Alps. ...

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Geography

the Mischabel Group: Dom, Täschhorn, and Alphubel
the Mischabel Group: Dom, Täschhorn, and Alphubel

The canton of Wallis (Valais) is located in the south of Switzerland. To its south lies Italy, to the southwest France. To the north the canton is bounded by the Swiss cantons of Vaud and Bern; the cantons of Uri and Ticino lie to its east. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... In this view of the Mischabel, we see from left to right the Dom, Täschhorn, and Alphubel. ... Capital Lausanne Population (2004) 657,700 (Ranked 3rd)   - Density 205 /km² Area 3212 km² (Ranked 4th) Highest point Les Diablerets 3210 m Joined 1803 Abbreviation VD Languages French Executive Conseil dEtat (7) Legislative Grand Conseil (150) Municipalities 382 municipalities Districts 19 districts Website www. ... The Swiss canton of (help· info) is bilingual (German: Kanton Bern; French Canton de Berne) and has a population of about 947,000. ... Uri (German:  ) is one of the 26 cantons of Switzerland. ... For the river, see Ticino river. ...


The wide, glacial Rhône valley dominates the area. There are many side valleys which branch off the main valley. These vary from narrow and remote to reasonably populous and popular. At the head of the Mattertal valley lies Zermatt, a pretty tourist village dominated by views of the Matterhorn (4,478 m). Fifty of the mountains exceed 4,000m with the highest, Monte Rosa, reaching to 4,638m (15,217ft), and there are numerous glaciers. The Rhône River, or the Rhône (French Rhône, Arpitan Rôno, Occitan Ròse, standard German Rhone, Valais German Rotten), is one of the major rivers of Europe, running through Switzerland and France. ... Mattertal is the valley starting from the Matterhorn, villages in the Mattertal include Zermatt (1620m), Taesch, Randa (1445m), Grächen (1620m) and St. ... In June, the Matterhorn is still snow-covered, while it is spring in Zermatt below. ... The Matterhorn (German) or Cervino (Italian), (French: Mont Cervin or Le Cervin) is perhaps the most familiar mountain in the European Alps. ... For other uses, see Monte Rosa, São Tomé and Príncipe. ...


The Rhône drains the main valley from east to west up to Martigny, then in a right angle north to its mouth in the Lake Geneva. After the small town of Saint-Maurice, the northern banks of the river belong to the canton of Vaud. The main valley is bound by the Bernese Alps in the north and the Pennine Alps in the south. Only about half of the total area is considered productive. Martigny is the capital of the district of Martigny in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. ... Lake Geneva or Lake Léman (French Lac Léman, le Léman, or Lac de Genève) is the second largest freshwater lake in Central Europe (after Lake Balaton). ... Roman Agaunum, the modern Saint Maurice (46°12′50″N, 7°0′15″E) in the canton Valais in southwesternmost Switzerland, was a minor post confined between the Rhone and the mountains along the well-travelled road that led from Roman Genava, modern Geneva, over the Alps by the Great... Capital Lausanne Population (2004) 657,700 (Ranked 3rd)   - Density 205 /km² Area 3212 km² (Ranked 4th) Highest point Les Diablerets 3210 m Joined 1803 Abbreviation VD Languages French Executive Conseil dEtat (7) Legislative Grand Conseil (150) Municipalities 382 municipalities Districts 19 districts Website www. ... The Bernese Alps (German: Berner Alpen) is a group of mountain ranges in the western part of the Alps, in Switzerland. ... The Pennine Alps (also: Valais Alps) are a mountain range in the western part of the Alps. ...


Valleys

Further information: Valleys of the Alps

The main valleys of the Alps, orographically by drainage basin. ... Length 800 km Elevation of the source 1753 m Average discharge 1800 m³/ s Area watershed 100,200 km² Origin Rhône glacier Mouth Mediterranean Sea Basin countries Switzerland, France The River Rhône ( Latin Rhodanus, French Rhône, Occitan Rose, German Rotten) is one of the major rivers (ca. ... Fieschertal is a municipality in the district of Goms, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... View of Lötschental The Lötschental is the largest northern side valley of Rhône valley in the Valais in Switzerland. ... boring uiiuuuuy6tguityhygygytyrythfutyjtytttreftfedfhytytuy6tgfdghfrtyjhhyuytyugjhgjhyryjytyuyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy ... The Saastal or the Saas Valley is a valley in the Canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Mattertal is the valley starting from the Matterhorn, villages in the Mattertal include Zermatt (1620m), Taesch, Randa (1445m), Grächen (1620m) and St. ... Val dHérens is a mountain valley in the Valais canton of Switzerland. ... The Val dIlliez is a valley in the Canton of Valais, Switzerland. ...

History

Notre Dame de Valère above the cantonal capital Sion
Notre Dame de Valère above the cantonal capital Sion

The Romans called the area Vallis Poenina ("Upper Rhône Valley"). From 888 onwards the lands were part of the kingdom of Jurane Burgundy. Image File history File linksMetadata Sion_notre_dame. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Sion_notre_dame. ... Basilique de Valère Basilique de Valère The Valère basilica (Basilique de Valère), also called Valère castle (Château de Valère), is a fortified church situated in Sion in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. ... Sion (German Sitten, Latin Sedunum) is the capital of the Swiss canton of Valais. ... This article is about the year A.D. 888. ... This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ...

Main article: Bishops of Sion.

King Rudolph III of Burgundy gave the lands to the Bishop of Sion in 999, making him Count of the Valais. The count-bishops then struggled to defend their area against the dukes of Savoy, so that the medieval history of the Valais is inextricably linked with that of the diocese of Sion. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Sion (Latin Sedunensis), in the Swiss canton of Valais, is the oldest bishopric in Switzerland and one of the oldest north of the Alps. ... Rudolf III of Burgundy (called Rudolf der Faule in German, and Rodolphe le Fainéant meaning sluggard or do-nothing or - le Pieux the Pious in French) (born 993; died September 6, 1032) was the last King of an independent Burgundy. ... The Roman Catholic Diocese of Sion (Latin Sedunensis), in the Swiss canton of Valais, is the oldest bishopric in Switzerland and one of the oldest north of the Alps. ... Flag of Savoy This article is about the historical region of Savoy. ...


The Valais resisted the Protestant Reformation, remaining faithful to the Roman Catholic Church. On March 12, 1529, Valais became an associate member (Zugewandter Ort) of the Swiss Confederation. In 1628 the Valais became technically a republic, the République des Sept Dizains / Republik der Sieben Zehenden under the guidance of the prince-bishop of Sion and the bailli. The bishop remained in power until 1798 when Napoleon's troops invaded the Valais and declared a Revolutionary République du Valais (March 16) which was swiftly incorporated (May 1) into the Helvetic Republic until 1802 when it became the independent Rhodanic Republic. In 1810 the Rhodanic Republic was annexed by Napoleonic France as the département of Simplon. Independence was restored in 1813 and on August 4, 1815 the Valais finally entered the Swiss confederation as a canton. In 1845 the Valais joined the Catholic separatist league (Sonderbund), but chose not to fight the troops of the confederation in 1847 and submitted to the federal forces. Reformation redirects here. ... Catholic Church redirects here. ... is the 71st day of the year (72nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Events April 22 - Treaty of Saragossa divides the eastern hemisphere between Spain and Portugal, stipulating that the dividing line should lie 297. ... Year 1798 (MDCCXCVIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday of the 11-day slower Julian calendar). ... For other uses, see Napoleon (disambiguation). ... Official seal of the Helvetic Republic (depicting William Tell). ... 1810 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Simplon was the name of a département of the First French Empire. ... is the 216th day of the year (217th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... April 5-12: Mount Tambora explodes, changing climate. ... 1845 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... The Sonderbund (meaning separate alliance, in German), was a league created in 1845 in Switzerland between seven Catholic and Conservative cantons in order to protect their interests against a centralization of power. ... 1847 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ...


Economy

Summertime skiing in the Valais on the Theodul glacier
Summertime skiing in the Valais on the Theodul glacier

Wine production and tourism are some of the main industries of the canton. The Matterhorn near Zermatt is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the Swiss mountains, as is its sister valley immediately east Saas Fee. Other parts of the mountains of the canton further west are popular as well, such as the more French speaking resorts near Verbier and the Evolene & Arolla region. The resorts on the north side of the main Rhone river valley are popular, looking out southwards towards the Peninne Alps and still part of the southern slope of the Bernese Alps, such as the family oriented resort of Crans-Montana. The resorts in the Goms region are slightly less known, yet also receive attention during the summer hiking season and the winter ski season. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1060x1600, 209 KB) Wine grapes File links The following pages link to this file: Wikipedia:Featured pictures visible Weinberg Viticulture User talk:Fir0002 Aglianico User:Fir0002/FPCandidates User:Fir0002/Fir0002 gallery/Featured Pictures Wikipedia:Featured pictures thumbs 03 Wikipedia:Featured picture... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1060x1600, 209 KB) Wine grapes File links The following pages link to this file: Wikipedia:Featured pictures visible Weinberg Viticulture User talk:Fir0002 Aglianico User:Fir0002/FPCandidates User:Fir0002/Fir0002 gallery/Featured Pictures Wikipedia:Featured pictures thumbs 03 Wikipedia:Featured picture... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (3264 × 2448 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (3264 × 2448 pixel, file size: 1. ... This article is about the geological formation. ... For other uses, see Wine (disambiguation). ... Tourist redirects here. ... The Matterhorn (German) or Cervino (Italian), (French: Mont Cervin or Le Cervin) is perhaps the most familiar mountain in the European Alps. ... In June, the Matterhorn is still snow-covered, while it is spring in Zermatt below. ... Saas-Fee is a Swiss village and tourism centre in the Saas-Valley in the Wallis mountains. ... Verbier is a ski resort in the Swiss Alps, in the canton of Valais. ... Evolène is a municipality in the district of Hérens in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. ... Arolla Arolla is a village in the commune of Évolène, Valais Switzerland. ... The Pennine Alps (also: Valais Alps) are a mountain range in the western part of the Alps. ... The Bernese Alps (German: Berner Alpen) is a group of mountain ranges in the western part of the Alps, in Switzerland. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... GOMS stands for Goals, Operators, Methods, and Selection rules, an approach to human computer interaction observation developed by Stuart Card, Thomas P. Moran & Allen Newell, and spelled out in their book The Psychology of Human Computer Interaction, 1983. ...


Apart from tourism, agriculture is still important, particularly cattle breeding in the mountains and dairy farming in the plains. The wine industry of the canton is the largest in Switzerland. There are also a large number orchards in the area, and saffron is also gathered here. Dairy farming is a class of agricultural, or more properly, an animal husbandry enterprise, raising female cattle, goats, or other lactating animals for long-term production of milk, which may be either processed on-site or transported to a dairy factory for processing and eventual retail sale. ... Binomial name Crocus sativus L. Saffron (IPA: ) is a spice derived from the flower of the saffron crocus (Crocus sativus), a species of crocus in the family Iridaceae. ...


Europe's tallest gravity dam is located at Grande Dixence in the canton. Hydroelectric power plants from the canton produce about a quarter of the Swiss electricity. Map of Lac des Dix The Grande Dixence dam, at the head of the Val dHérens in the canton of Valais in Switzerland, is at 285 metres high one of the worlds tallest dams. ...


The west part and the most industrial region of the canton is called Chablais. The area is very important for the economy. The lands from the Valais part of the Geneva Lake to the town of St-Maurice stand in the Chablais. There are a lot of factories, the most important are the subsidiaries of Novartis and Syngenta, in Monthey. In the town of Collombey, there is an oil refinery. Chablais was a former province of the Duchy of Savoy, with its historic capital in Thonon-les-Bains. ... Novartis headquarters in Basel Suffern, New York: the sole Novartis pharmaceutical production facility in the United States. ... Syngenta AG is a large global agribusiness which markets seeds and crop protection products (pesticides). ... Monthey is the capital of the district of Monthey in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. ...


Near Visp there is a large plant of aluminium manufacturing. Other metal products and chemicals are produced around Visp and Sierre. Visp (French: Viège) is a municipality in the Canton of Valais in Switzerland. ... Sierre seen from Crans-Montana. ...


Despite the thriving tourist industry, high level of infrastructure, and the many vineyards, canton Valais is still one of the poorest of the Swiss cantons, and not yet near the wealthier banking/financial cantons. A large portion of the canton's land and houses is now owned by foreigners.


The mountainous canton with a plethora of ski resorts, was narrowly passed over in the bid for the 2002 Winter Olympics and 2006 Winter Olympics. The 2002 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XIX Olympic Winter Games, and with the theme slogan Light The Fire Within, were celebrated in 2002 in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. ... Neve and Gliz, the 2006 Olympics mascots, on display in Turin The 2006 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XX Olympic Winter Games, were celebrated in Turin, Italy from February 10, 2006, through February 26, 2006. ...


Transport

View looking down on the broad Rhone river valley running through the middle of the Valais
View looking down on the broad Rhone river valley running through the middle of the Valais

A small airport is located at Sion, but the main routes of transport are rail and road. Both networks are extensive and benefit from tourism. There are two major rail tunnels at the Simplon (Simplon Tunnel) and Lötschberg (Lötschberg Tunnel) and a road tunnel at the Great St Bernard. Many of the road passes are well known, such as the Grimsel Pass. The longest land tunnel in the world, the Lötschberg Base Tunnel, will soon be in operation, in late 2007 perhaps, connecting by rail the town of Frutigen in canton Bern, with the town of Visp in canton Valais/Wallis. This is to better allay car traffic in the highly scenic Kandertal, and also to provide faster transport through the Bernese Alps from the populous Mittelland in the north to the southern canton of Valais. Cars may be loaded onto the trains as freight. The old train line will still likely have traffic though, as it has highly scenic sections in both cantons on either side of the old tunnel through the dividing ridgeline, yet is somewhat slower than the new route which has a much longer tunnel section. ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (2272x1704, 1359 KB) Vue du Valais, depuis les hauteurs dOvronnaz Auteur : Marc Mongenet Date : 9 août 2005 File links The following pages link to this file: Valais ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (2272x1704, 1359 KB) Vue du Valais, depuis les hauteurs dOvronnaz Auteur : Marc Mongenet Date : 9 août 2005 File links The following pages link to this file: Valais ... Length 800 km Elevation of the source 1753 m Average discharge 1800 m³/ s Area watershed 100,200 km² Origin Rhône glacier Mouth Mediterranean Sea Basin countries Switzerland, France The River Rhône ( Latin Rhodanus, French Rhône, Occitan Rose, German Rotten) is one of the major rivers (ca. ... Sion (German Sitten, Latin Sedunum) is the capital of the Swiss canton of Valais. ... Simplon Pass (Italian: Sempione) is a mountain pass at 2,008 m (6,589 ft) in the Lepontine Alps between Switzerland and Italy. ... Simplon Pass (Italian: Sempione) is a mountain pass at 2,008 m (6,589 ft) in the Lepontine Alps between Switzerland and Italy. ... The Lötschberg Tunnel is a 14. ... The new Lötschberg Base Tunnel together with the century-old Simplon Rail Tunnel form the western part of the Alptransit project (yellow: major tunnels, red: existing main tracks, numbers: year of completion) The north portal in Frutigen South portal near Raron The Lötschberg Base Tunnel (LBT) is a... Frutigen is a municipality in the Bernese Oberland in the canton of Bern, Switzerland. ... The Swiss Canton of Berne is bilingual (German: Kanton  ; French Canton de Berne) and has a population of about 947,000. ... Visp (French: Viège) is a municipality in the Canton of Valais in Switzerland. ... Kandersteg is a village in the Canton of Bern, Switzerland. ... The Bernese Alps (German: Berner Alpen) is a group of mountain ranges in the western part of the Alps, in Switzerland. ...


Because of the tourism there are many mountain railways and cable cars in the mountains. The scenic rail route across the Furka Pass originates in the canton of Valais.


Demographics

Valais is predominantly French and Arpitan speaking. The eastern part of the canton Upper Valais, however, speaks Walliser German. The French speaking population makes up a little bit more than two thirds of the total population. Arpitan or Francoprovençal is a Romance language consisting of dialects that can be found in Italy (Valle dAosta, Piemonte, Calabria, Apulia), in Switzerland (cantons Fribourg, Valais, Vaud, Neuchâtel, Geneva, non-German speaking parts of Bern, but not Jura, where the dialects spoken are French) and in France... Distribution of Highest Alemannic dialects The Walliser German (Walliserdeutsch in German) is a group of Highest Alemannic dialects spoken in Switzerland, specifically in the German-speaking part of the Canton of Wallis (in French: Valais), in the uppermost Rhône valley. ...


The whole canton is thinly populated. The largest towns are the capital Sion (Sitten), Sierre and Brig. There is no major city located in the canton. Over 90% of the population is Roman Catholic. The Roman Catholic Church, most often spoken of simply as the Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with over one billion members. ...

A view of the Lötschental valley
A view of the Lötschental valley
Part of the Haute Route traversing the Pennine Alps between Chamonix and the Valais
Part of the Haute Route traversing the Pennine Alps between Chamonix and the Valais
Monte Rosa Massif
Monte Rosa Massif
the Allalinhorn in August
the Allalinhorn in August
Valais Welcome Sign
Valais Welcome Sign
View from Anzere
View from Anzere

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Towns and villages

Anzère is a village in the canton of Valais, Switzerland, north of Sion. ... Brig (in French Brigue) is a city in the canton of Valais, Switzerland at 46°19′ N 7°58′ E. The historic town with 5000 inhabitants is part of the municipality Brig-Glis with a 11600 inhabitants. ... Sion (German Sitten, Latin Sedunum) is the capital of the Swiss canton of Valais. ... Sierre seen from Crans-Montana. ... Monthey is the capital of the district of Monthey in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. ... Martigny is the capital of the district of Martigny in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... boring uiiuuuuy6tguityhygygytyrythfutyjtytttreftfedfhytytuy6tgfdghfrtyjhhyuytyugjhgjhyryjytyuyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy ... Saas-Fee is a Swiss village and tourism centre in the Saas-Valley in the Wallis mountains. ... Verbier is a ski resort in the Swiss Alps, in the canton of Valais. ... Visp (French: Viège) is a municipality in the Canton of Valais in Switzerland. ... In June, the Matterhorn is still snow-covered, while it is spring in Zermatt below. ...

Municipalities

The following are the municipalities of the canton, by district. Municipalities are the smallest government division in Switzerland. ...

Brig

Conthey

Entremont

Goms

Hérens

Leuk

Martigny

Monthey

Raron

Saint-Maurice

Sierre

Sion

Visp

Brig is an administrative district in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Birgisch is a municipality in the district of Brig, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Brig (in French Brigue) is a city in the canton of Valais, Switzerland at 46°19′ N 7°58′ E. The historic town with 5000 inhabitants is part of the municipality Brig-Glis with a 11600 inhabitants. ... Eggerberg is a municipality in the district of Brig, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Mund is a municipality in the district of Brig, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Naters is a municipality in the district of Brig, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Ried-Brig is a municipality in the district of Brig, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Simplon (earlier name Simpeln, Walliser German: Simpilu) is a municipality in the Brig administrative district in the German-speaking portion of the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... For the term used in Entomology see Glossary of Lepidopteran terms Termen is a municipality in the district of Brig, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Zwischbergen is a municipality in the district of Brig, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Conthey (French: District de Conthey, (German: Bezirk Gundis) is an administrative district in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Ardon is a Swiss municipality with a population of 2315. ... Chamoson is a municipality in the district of Conthey, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Conthey is a municipality in the district of Conthey, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Nendaz is a municipality in the district of Conthey, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Vétroz is a municipality in the district of Conthey, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Entremont is a district in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. ... Bagnes is a community in the Swiss canton of Valais, in the district of Entremont. ... Bourg-Saint-Pierre (German name: ) is a municipality in the district of Entremont, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Liddes is a municipality in the district of Entremont, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Orsières is a municipality in the district of Entremont, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Sembrancher is a small senic village of around 500 residents in Bagnes Valley of Swiss Alps, near Verbier ski resort, about 10 km away. ... Vollèges is a municipality in the district of Entremont, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Goms is a district of the canton of Valais in Switzerland. ... Bellwald is a village in Switzerland, canton of Wallis at 1600 m above sea level at with a population of 450. ... Binn is a small village in the Swiss canton of Valais. ... Blitzingen is a municipality in the district of Goms, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Ernen is a municipality in the district of Goms, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Fiesch is a municipality in the district of Goms, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Fieschertal is a municipality in the district of Goms, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... For other uses, see Grafschaft. ... For other uses, see LAX (disambiguation). ... Münster-Geschinen is a municipality in the district of Goms, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Niederwald is a municipality in the district of Goms, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Obergesteln is a municipality in the district of Goms, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Oberwald is a village in Switzerland, canton of Wallis at 1377 m above sea level at with a population of 230. ... Reckingen-Gluringen is a municipality in the district of Goms, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Ulrichen is a municipality in the district of Goms, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Hérens is a district in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. ... Ayent is a municipality in the district of Hérens, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Evolène is a municipality in the district of Hérens in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. ... Hérémence is a municipality in the district of Hérens, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Les Agettes is a municipality in the district of Hérens, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Mase is a municipality in the district of Hérens, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Nax is a municipality in the district of Hérens, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Saint-Martin is a municipality in the district of Hérens, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Vernamiège is a municipality in the district of Hérens, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Vex is a municipality and district capital of the district of Hérens, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... The district of Leuk (French: Loèche) in the canton of Valais contains the following municipalities: The district of Leuk Municipalities in the district of Leuk 1The municipalities of Guttet and Feschel were combined on October 1, 2000 Districts of the Canton of Valais Brig | Conthey | Entremont | Goms | Hérens... Agarn (Walliser German: Agaru) is a municipality in the Leuk district in the German-speaking part of the Canton of Valais in Switzerland. ... Albinen is a municipality in the district of Leuk, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Bratsch is a municipality in the district of Leuk, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Ergisch is a municipality in the district of Leuk, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Erschmatt is a municipality in the district of Leuk, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Gampel is a municipality in the district of Leuk, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Guttet-Feschel is a municipality in the district of Leuk, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Inden is a municipality in the district of Leuk, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Leuk (French Loèche) is a municipality in the district of Leuk in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. ... boring uiiuuuuy6tguityhygygytyrythfutyjtytttreftfedfhytytuy6tgfdghfrtyjhhyuytyugjhgjhyryjytyuyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy ... Oberems is a municipality in the district of Leuk, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Salgesch is a municipality in the district of Leuk, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Turtmann is a municipality in the district of Leuk, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Leukerbad is a municipality in the district of Leuk, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Varen is a municipality in the district of Leuk, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Martigny is a district in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. ... Bovernier is a municipality in the district of Martigny, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Charrat is a municipality in the district of Martigny, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Fully is a village in Switzerland, located in the canton of Valais at an elevation of 461 meters. ... Isérables is a municipality in the district of Martigny, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Leytron is a municipality in the district of Martigny, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Martigny is the capital of the district of Martigny in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. ... Martigny-Combe is a municipality in the district of Martigny, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Riddes is a municipality in the district of Martigny, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Saillon is a municipality in the district of Martigny, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... For other articles with similar names, see Saxon. ... Trient is also the German name for the city of Trento, Italy Trient is a municipality in the district of Martigny, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Monthey is a district of the canton of Valais in Switzerland. ... Champéry is a municipality in the district of Monthey, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Collombey-Muraz is a municipality in the district of Monthey, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Monthey is the capital of the district of Monthey in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. ... Port-Valais is a municipality of the District de Monthey, in the French-speaking part of the canton of Valais in Switzerland. ... Saint-Gingolph is a small town situated on the south bank of Lake Geneva. ... Troistorrents is a small village in the Val dIlliez (canton of Valais, Switzerland). ... The Val dIlliez is a valley in the Canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Vionnaz is a municipality in the district of Monthey, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Vouvry is a municipality in the district of Monthey, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Raron is a district in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. ... Ausserberg is a municipality in the district of West Raron, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Betten is a municipality in the demi-district of East Raron, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Bister is a municipality in the demi-district of East Raron, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Bitsch is also the German name for the town of Bitche in Lorraine, France. ... Blatten is a municipality in the district of West Raron, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Bürchen is a municipality in the demi-district of West Raron, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Eischoll is a village in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. ... Ferden is a municipality in the demi-district of West Raron, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Grengiols is a municipality in the demi-district of East Raron, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Hohtenn is a municipality in the demi-district of West Raron, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Kippel is a municipality in the demi-district of West Raron, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Martisberg is a municipality in the demi-district of East Raron, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Mörel is a municipality in the demi-district of East Raron, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Niedergesteln is a municipality in the demi-district of West Raron, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Raron is a municipality in the demi-district of West Raron, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... The mid-mountain resort of Riederalp sits on a sunny, south-facing terrace below the 23-kilometre long Aletsch Glacier - Europes largest, in the south of Switzerland. ... Steg is a municipality in the demi-district of West Raron, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Unterbäch is a municipality in the demi-district of West Raron, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Wiler (Lötschen) is a municipality in the demi-district of West Raron, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Saint-Maurice is a district in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. ... Collonges is a municipality in the district of Saint-Maurice, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Dorénaz is a municipality in the district of Saint-Maurice, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Evionnaz is a municipality in the district of Saint-Maurice, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Finhaut is a municipality in the district of Saint-Maurice, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Massongex is a municipality in the district of Saint-Maurice, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Mex is a municipality in the district of Saint-Maurice, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... For other uses, see Salvan. ... Roman Agaunum, the modern Saint Maurice ( ) in the canton Valais in southwesternmost Switzerland, was a minor post confined between the Rhône and the mountains along the well-travelled road that led from Roman Genava, modern Geneva, over the Alps by the Great St. ... Roman Agaunum, the modern Saint Maurice-en-Valais in southwesternmost Switzerland, was a minor post confined between the Rhone and the mountains along the well-travelled road that led from Roman Genava, modern Geneva, over the Alps by the Great St Bernard Pass to Italy. ... Vernayaz is a very boring place in Switzerland, nestling in the middle of nowhere. ... Vérossaz is a municipality in the district of Saint-Maurice, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Sierre is a district of the canton of Valais in Switzerland. ... For other uses, see Ayer (disambiguation). ... Chalais is a municipality in the district of Sierre in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. ... Chandolin is a municipality in the district of Sierre in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. ... Chermignon is a municipality in the district of Sierre in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. ... Chippis is a municipality in the district of Sierre in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. ... Grimentz is a municipality in the district of Sierre, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Grône is a municipality in the district of Sierre, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Icogne is a municipality in the district of Sierre, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Lens is a small, picturesque village in the Swiss canton of Valais, near to Crans-Montana. ... Miège is a municipality in the district of Sierre, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Mollens is a municipality in the district of Sierre, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... This article is about a village in Switzerland. ... Randogne is a municipality in the district of Sierre in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. ... Sierre seen from Crans-Montana. ... Saint-Jean is a municipality in the district of Sierre, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Saint-Léonard is a municipality in the district of Sierre, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Saint-Luc is a municipality in the district of Sierre, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Venthône is a municipality in the district of Sierre, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Veyras is a municipality in the district of Sierre in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. ... Vissoie is a municipality in the district of Sierre, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Sion is a district of the canton of Valais in Switzerland. ... Arbaz is a municipality in the district of Sion, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Grimisuat is a municipality in the district of Sion, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Salins is a municipality in the district of Sion, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Savièse is a municipality in the district of Sion, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Sion (German Sitten, Latin Sedunum) is the capital of the Swiss canton of Valais. ... Veysonnaz is a Swiss town located in the district of Sion in the Valais canton. ... The Swiss District of Visp (German: Bezirk Visp, French: District de Viège) is a district in the Canton of Valais. ... Baltschieder is a municipality in the district of Visp, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Eisten is a municipality in the district of Visp, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Embd is a municipality in the district of Visp, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Signs in Grächen Grächen is a resort and municipality in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Lalden is a municipality in the district of Visp, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Randa is a municipality in the district of Visp in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. ... Saas Almagell is a small town located aproximatley 5km from Saas-Fee. ... Saas Balen is a municipality in the district of Visp, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Saas-Fee is a Swiss village and tourism centre in the Saas-Valley in the Wallis mountains. ... Saas-Grund is a Swiss village in the Saas-Valley in the Wallis mountains with the gondola-lift to the Kreuzboden (2400 m) and Hohsaas (3100 m). ... St. ... Stalden is a municipality in the district of Visp, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Staldenried is a municipality in the district of Visp, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Täsch is a municipality in the district of Visp in the german-speaking portion of canton Valais in Switzerland. ... Törbel is a municipality in the district of Visp, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Visp (French: Viège) is a municipality in the Canton of Valais in Switzerland. ... Visperterminen is a municipality in the district of Visp, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Zeneggen is a municipality in the district of Visp, in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... In June, the Matterhorn is still snow-covered, while it is spring in Zermatt below. ...

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Le Nouvelliste is a daily regional newspaper of the Canton of Valais, Switzerland. ... Sion (German Sitten, Latin Sedunum) is the capital of the Swiss canton of Valais. ... French (français, langue française) is one of the most important Romance languages, outnumbered in speakers only by Spanish and Portuguese. ... German (called Deutsch in German; in German the term germanisch is equivalent to English Germanic), is a member of the western group of Germanic languages and is one of the worlds major languages. ... Franco-Provençal (Francoprovençal) or Arpitan (in vernacular: patouès) (in Italian: francoprovenzale, provenzale alpina, arpitano, patois; French: francoprovençal, arpitan, patois) is a Romance language with several dialects in a linguistic sub-group separate from Langue dOïl and Langue dOc. ...

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The Valais is exactly that: a long, narrow, L-shaped valley which was cut by glaciers between two alpine mountain ranges.
Some of the best spring skiing in the world is available in the Valais, at prices which although high beat the equivalent offerings in Colorado.
The language divide between French and German speaking Switzerland runs through the Valais, with French spoken in the west of the canton, and local German dialects at the eastern end.
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