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Wine trail

Cyclingroute
Time required: 2 - 4hLength: 15.00 km
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Season

All season

Contact

Regionaler Naturpark Pfyn-Finges
Postfach 65
3970 Salgesch
Tel. +41 (0)27 452 60 60
Fax +41 (0)27 452 60 65

www.pfyn-finges.ch

Naturpark Pfyn-Finges - On the way through vineyards and wine villages in the nature park.

Discover in a day the wine region of Leuk, Varen and Salgesch. The trail goes from Leuk railway station to Sierre. At Leuk railway station it is possible to hire a bike from "Wallis rollt". Besides the vineyard landscape the route also offers numerous surprises such as crossing the Dala, the open panorama of the forest of Pfyn/Finges or the Raspille, the language boundary of the Canton of Valais.

Route-information

Route-information

Length
15.00 km
Vertical heigth
100 m
Altitude difference ascent
370 m
Altitude difference descent
470 m
Time required
2 - 4h
Level technique
Easy
Level condition
Middle
Height profile view map

Details

Points of interest:
- Visit to Leuk-Town (the town hall, St Stephens Church, the oldest vineyard in Switzerland, the charnel house, Ring Acker chapel, and the village itself.
- Dala Bridge/ Dala gorge
- Varen church
- Salgesch village (Nature and Landscape Centre, wine Sensorium, wine museum)
- Gironde Lake
- Town of Sierre (wine museum, Rilke museum, etc...)

Equipment rent

Wallisrollt! Rental stations at Leuk and Chippis
(End of mai until end of october)

Leuk rolls
Leuk-Susten railway station
+41 (0) 79 127 50 20

Wednesdays to Sundays (Mon - Tue closed) 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. /1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Equipment: 18 bicycles for adults, 2 electro-bikes, children: 2 bicycles, 2 children's seats and 1 bicycle trailer and for your safety helmets are provided.
Deposit; up to 5 bicycles / CHF 20 per bike, 5 or more CHF 100.
Identity card: must be shown.
Reservation: 5. - per bicycle.
Hire a bike here and return it there? 5. - per bicycle. (Max 50.- per group)

Chippis rolls
Rue de Bellerive 1
+41 (0) 79 127 50 21

Wednesday to Sunday: 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m./1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Equipment: 18 bicycles for adults, 2 electro-bikes, children: 2 bicycles, 2 children's seats and 1 bicycle trailer and for your safety helmets are provided.
Deposit; up to 5 bicycles / CHF 20 per bike, 5 or more CHF 100.
Identity Card: Must be

Signalization

No signalisation

Safety advices

Traffic rules, helmet

Possibilities for catering

Pfyn-Finges Nature Park partner companies:

Cave du Rhodan Mounir Wines AG, 3970 Salgesch
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. – 12:00 midday & 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Domaines Chevaliers SA, 3970 Salgesch
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. – 12:00 midday & 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Franz-Josef Mathier AG, 3970 Salgesch
Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. – 12:00 midday & 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 12 midday

Albert Mathier & Sons AG, 3970 Salgesch
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. – 12:00 midday & 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 12 midday

C. Varonier & Sons AG, 3953 Varen
Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 12 midday & 2 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 12 midday & 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. (January -March)
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.(April – December)

Mathieu bakery and tea room, 3953 Leuk-Town
Monday - Friday: 6:30 a.m. - 12 midday
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: 6:30 a.m. - 12 midday

Restaurant Piccolo Casa Villa, 3953 Leuk-Town
By reservation o

Price information

Depends on the booked services

Infrastructure

Viewpoint Varen (by the church)

  • Playground
  • Picnicplace
  • Toilet

Arrival

Starting point
Leuk SBB (Altitude: 624 m)
Arrival by public transport
Leuk, Bahnhof Timetable SBB
Destination
Sierre (Altitude: 554 m)
Arrival by public transport
Sierre/Siders, gare Timetable SBB

Suitable for

The offer is suitable for

  • Adults
  • Children >12 years
  • 50+

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Church in Varen - © Naturpark Pfyn-Finges
Naturpark Pfyn-Finges

Church in Varen

The parish church in Varen is not only architecturally interesting. Its location offers a unique viewing point. Enjoy the view from the church of the Rhone valley and the forest of Pfyn/Finges nature reserve.

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Restaurant piccola Casa Villa - © Restaurant piccola Casa Villa
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Restaurant piccola Casa Villa

The entertainer and singer Michel Villa will welcome you to the piccola Casa Villa. The ‘Salon de Werra’ seats 30 people. You can make a booking to dine here with 15 people or more. Rooms at the town hall can also be hired out at any time.

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St. Stephen's Parish Church - © Leuk Tourismus
Naturpark Pfyn-Finges

St. Stephen's Parish Church

The parish church of St Stephen is in the centre of Leuk. The towering and imposing bell tower draws the visitor's attention to the stately building.

Historical building
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Leuk's Castle - © Leuk Tourismus
Naturpark Pfyn-Finges

Leuk's Castle

For the bishops this was the summer residence - for rogues and criminals it was dungeons and the torture chamber: the bishop's castle or "rogues' tower".

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Leuk-Town Hall - © Leuk Tourismus
Naturpark Pfyn-Finges

Leuk-Town Hall

The distinctive corpus of the Town Hall tower with its pentagonal base is situated at the entrance to the town in the immediate vicinity of the bishop's castle.

Historical building
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Ring Acker Chapel - © Leuk Tourismus
Naturpark Pfyn-Finges

Ring Acker Chapel

The Ring Acker chapel is considered to be one of the most magnificent baroque buildings in the Valais. It stands on a plateau between Susten and Leuk-Town. Nothing is known about its architects.

Historical building
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Château de Villa - © Chateau de Villa
Naturpark Pfyn-Finges

Château de Villa

The Château de Villa, an old patrician house form the 17th century, houses a wine cellar and a speciality restaurant. Enjoy the traditional terroir dishes and discover over 650 wines from the different Valais vineyards.

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Town of Sierre - © Naturpark Pfyn-Finges
Naturpark Pfyn-Finges

Town of Sierre

The town of Sierre lies on the border between the Upper and Lower Valais and is thus also the language boundary for German and French. Sierre lies on hills and between vineyards in the heart of Valais in the middle of the Alps.

Historical place
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BnB Varen
Naturpark Pfyn-Finges

BnB Varen

Small wine village with a view over the Pfyn Forest in sunny Valais. Old, newly renovated house. Quiet area. Many hiking possibilities and mountain bike paths, ski pists, hot springs, and golf. Homemade jams, jellies and soaps.

Bed and Breakfast
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Albert Mathier & Sons AG - © Albert Mathier und Söhne AG
Naturpark Pfyn-Finges

Albert Mathier & Sons AG

The winegrowing family Albert Mathier & Sons have been producing exquisite Valais wines with passion and commitment since 1928. We are very proud to demonstrate 80 years of family and winegrowing tradition.

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Domaines Chevaliers - © Domaines Chevaliers
Naturpark Pfyn-Finges

Domaines Chevaliers

The DOMAINES CHEVALIERS wine cellar is a traditional flagship of the Valais wine industry. The founders have applied their foresight and pioneering spirit to become the first to offer their wines under the appellation «Salgesch / Salquenen» label.

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FJ Mathier wine cellar - © Franz-Josef Mathier AG
Naturpark Pfyn-Finges

FJ Mathier wine cellar

The Felizitas Mathier Benicchio family business is now in its 3rd generation of managers and has been undertaking pioneering work in natural winegrowing dedicated to the wine varieties of Valais for the last half a century.

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Nature and landscape centre - © Naturpark Pfyn-Finges
Naturpark Pfyn-Finges

Nature and landscape centre

The nature and landscape centre Salquenen is the administrative headquarters of the nature park. There you will find the reception, the shop, the library, and the office premises.

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Pyramids in Salgesch - © Christian Pfammatter
Naturpark Pfyn-Finges

Pyramids in Salgesch

The pyramids in Salgesch have arisen through irregular erosion of the rocks.

Natural monument
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Collection of Grape Varieties - © Naturpark Pfyn-Finges
Naturpark Pfyn-Finges

Collection of Grape Varieties

Every variety of grape found in the Valais have been planted here on a single plot and labelled.

Museum / Exhibition
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Weir in Susten - © Naturpark Pfyn-Finges
Naturpark Pfyn-Finges

Weir in Susten

Because particularly in winter a lot of water is taken from the weir in Susten, sometimes the river here seems to be just a trickle.

Historical building
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Wine Museum - © Weinmuseum Salgesch
Naturpark Pfyn-Finges

Wine Museum

The Vine and Wine Museum, Sierre - Salgesch is devoted to viticulture. Though the exhibitions in the Zumofenhaus and the Château Villa deal with differnt topics, they are linked with a 6-km long nature trail and as such also form one entity.

Museum / Exhibition
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Hammer mill - © Leuk Tourismus
Naturpark Pfyn-Finges

Hammer mill

The Hammer mill with the Dala bridge gate tower built in the 14th century. This is one of the three historical bridges that enabled access to the town.

Historical building
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Leuk-Stadt - © Leuk Tourismus
Naturpark Pfyn-Finges

Leuk-Stadt

Leuk has one of the most interesting and historical townscapes in the whole of Valais. Thus even today there is a medieval atmosphere that can be felt in the alleys and squares of this little town.

Historical place
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Pfyn-Finges Nature Reserve - © Roland Gerth
Naturpark Pfyn-Finges

Pfyn-Finges Nature Reserve

The forest of Pfyn/Finges nature reserve is the centrepiece of the regional nature park Pfyn/Finges. The forest of Pfyn/Finges has been officially protected since 1997, after it had already been included in the KLN inventory in 1963.

Natural landscape / Habitat
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C. Varonier & Söhne AG Cellar - © C. Varonier & Söhne AG
Naturpark Pfyn-Finges

C. Varonier & Söhne AG Cellar

Wine production with tradition
The C. Varonier & Söhne AG cellars have been operating in the picturesque Varen region for 3 generations. Company was founded in 1969 and has prioritised hospitality, warmth, innovation and authenticity from the outset

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Cave du Rhodan Mounir Weine - © Cave du Rhodan Mounir Weine
Naturpark Pfyn-Finges

Cave du Rhodan Mounir Weine

Sustainability
This family business has been characterised by its pioneering spirit and innovative skills for generations

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Wine Sensorium Salgesch - © GIlles Florey
Naturpark Pfyn-Finges

Wine Sensorium Salgesch

Discover the world of good wine taste and train your sensory perception.

Museum / Exhibition