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The Local Resident’s Card of the Valais municipalities provides an easy way to save money. Many cable car companies offer discounts to local residents, as does the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway on journeys in the Mattertal valley. The offers aren’t usually obvious at first glance, so it’s worth asking for clarification before you buy your tickets. For example, some ski schools and thermal baths also offer discounts with a valid Local Resident’s Card. The Card is issued by the municipalities and must be renewed at the municipality every year. Fees for issuing and renewing the card vary by municipality. The fee charged for issuing the Card is often CHF 10, while renewal is generally free.
A worldwide unique visitors-, study and congress center in Naters is the base camp of the UNESCO World Heritage Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch. In the interactive exhibitions the visitor will experience with all its senses the property and immerse into the thrilling and varying sceneries of the Alps.World Nature Forum
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A great outlook for body and soul
As an outdoor sports paradise, Valais attracts thousands of enthusiasts to its fantastic mountain landscape in summer and winter. The people of Valais are passionate about sport and love open-air activities – including hiking, climbing, downhill skiing, ski touring, mountain biking, cycling, snowshoeing, or simply relaxing in the soothing thermal spas. Spiritual needs are as well catered for as physical ones – variety is the spice of life! Traditions and customs including cow fighting, Alpine festivals and the colourful carnival are still alive and well here. A lively arts and culture scene offers exhibitions, events and performances on stages of all sizes to round out the cultural offer. For those who occasionally still feel the call of the city, the rest of Switzerland and its neighbouring countries are just a short journey away thanks to Valais’s central location. The excellent public transport networks mean you can visit museums in Zurich, attend concerts in Geneva, or go on shopping trips to Milan at any time.