Off the beaten track

These listings are not comprehensive yet. You'll probably find them most useful in French-speaking Switzerland and looking for an outing.

January-November 2017


23-24 September 2017

The Sion Swiss book festival

The Festival du Livre Suisse, newly installed in the beautifully restored Arsenaux of Sion, had so many events during its three days any visitor was bound to miss most.

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25-27 May 2017

Valais wines (before the disaster): a bumper year on show

The icy weather of 19th of April 2017 launched catastrophe week in Switzerland's finest winegrowing region. The Valais "wine village" of Salgesch/Salquenen will probably lose 80-90% of its harvest, growers predict, as a result of frost damage to the vines (and apricot trees).

Nevertheless, the canton's wine cellars will be open to visitors on 25-27 May, the weekend of Ascension. So this might be the best time to take a trip and grab the good wines they have on offer. 2016 provided a bumper crop.

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February-11 June 2017


The most iconic Impressionist painting comes to Switzerland

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July 2017

22-30 July 2017

Saas-Fee, Valais

Fourth Talis Academy

The fourth international Talis chamber music academy takes place on 22-30 July 2017 in Saas-Fee. "There will be something for everyone: from brunch concerts, children’s afternoon filled with music and fairy tales all the way to favorite classics, discoveries from around the world and of course, contemporary music," notes Founder and Artistic Director Maria Wildhaber.

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