Melodious and expressive
Valais has a lively art and culture scene featuring events, exhibitions and performances on stages of all sizes. The World Nature Forum (the UNESCO World Heritage visitor centre) in Naters and other museums showcase the unique nature, culture and history of Valais. At the Fondation Pierre Gianadda in Martigny, you will find internationally renowned art by Picasso, Mirò and Chagall. The Leukerbad International Literature Festival, the Musikdorf Ernen Festival and the Verbier Festival also enjoy international recognition. Popular music festivals like the Openair Gampel, which attracts more than 115,000 visitors, or the atmospheric acoustic festival Zermatt Unplugged are also major crowd-pleasers. The PALP Festival mixes together contemporary music, art and other shows with the discovering of heritage and local goods and traditions.

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Cultural sites

Visitors to the Valais are often surprised by the number of cultural highlights. The cultural wealth is on display in the many museums, exhibits and galleries. Visitors of will be thrilled by the many diverse exhibitions focusing on nature, traditions, historic lifestyles or contemporary art works – an inspiring and thought-provoking experience, and ideal for an outing on rare occasions when the weather disappoints.

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Valais’s cultural heritage

Valais is a land where people continue to actively shape the region with their traditions and customs. Valais’s numerous museums bear witness to this, and it is also documented in the canton’s media library, the Mediathek Wallis. The library is spread over four locations: St-Maurice, Martigny, Sion and Brig-Glis. In addition to documenting Valais’s cultural heritage, the Mediathek Wallis hosts a wide range of media and diverse cultural events.

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