Sion tourist information & hotel reservations.
We warmly welcome you to visit Sion and wish you a wonderful vacation.
Sion is located only 27 kilometers east of Martigny and 53 kilometers west of Visp. It is and old city and actually the capital of the Valais canton. The nature there is very beautiful, especially in the spring and autumn and Sion was a famous trading place between France and Italy even in ancient times. The town exists since Roman times, its population speaks mostly French and the most famous buildings in it are the castles of Valère and Tourbillon.
Château de Tourbillon used to be a stronghold in medieval times and is located on the top of a steep rock above Sion. The place, which is now in ruins, was built in the 13th century by a bishop who wanted to protect the town from the House of Savoy. Unfortunately, a fire destroyed it in 1788 and it has never been reconstructed since then. Nevertheless, there you can still see the remains of a chapel, a keep and a tower. From the Chateau de Tourbillon, 645 meters above sea level, you can see s splendid view of the Rhône Valley.
There is another steep hill above Sion where you can visit the Gothic Church called Eglise-Fortresse de Valère (known as Château de Valère). It was at first built by the Romans and served as a fortress. The basilica which is now in the place of the fortress is not in such a bad condition and dates back to the 12th and the 13th century. It has three aisles, choir stalls from the 17th century and a still functioning organ from the 14th century.
In the town you should not miss seeing the Hôtel de Ville (Town Hall), rue du Grand-Pont. You cannot go inside, but the outside of the building is quite impressive, with decorations from the 17th century. The foundations of the edifice were made by the Romans in the 4th century A.D.
Sion is situated on the main rail road which connects Milan and Turin with Geneva and Paris and passes through the Simplon Tunnel. There are many trains coming in Sion from these directions.
If you are with a car from Martigny you should go east and from Visp – west, follow the E2 and you will get to Sion.
For flights, trains and car-rental reservations as well as for buses, coaches and taxi ski transfers refer to the general Switzerland Transportation page!