The canton of Valais (Kanton Wallis) is in the south part of Switzerland bordering the cantons of Bern and Vaud (north), Ticino and Uri (east), Italy (south) and France (west). It is set between the Pennine Alps and the Bernese Alps with the river Rhône cutting through the valley. To the east of Valais (Upper Valais) is the Rhône Glacier, a major tourist attraction, and to the west (Lower Valais) is the Lake Geneva with countless recreational opportunities.
Valais offers outstanding skiing experiences, in some of the best ski areas in the world, and cosy resorts such as Verbier Village and Crans-Montana.
Population: approximately 340 thousand inhabitants
Other major cities: Brig- Glis, Martigny, Monthey, Sierre
Main attractions: Aletsch Glacier, Lake Geneva (Lac Léman), Jungfrau-Aletsch protected area, Swiss Vapeur Parc (Le Bouveret), Crans- Montana ski resort, Matterhorn Glacier Paradise (mountain cable car in Zermatt), Sphinx Observatory, Verbier Alpine village, Cherries Walks, La Bâtiaz Castle, Fondation Pierre Gianadda (museum in Martigny), Valère basilica (Sion)
Nearest Airports: Geneva Airport (GVA - Aéroport de Genève)
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