Visp is a German-speaking town in the Swiss canton of Valais. It is located in the Rhone valley and is a major industrial centre in the region. Its location at the intersection of three train lines and a big bus interchange make it a gateway to many of the towns and resorts in the upper part of the Valais.
Virtually everyone travelling to one of the destinations in the region (including Saas-Fee and Zermatt), as well as people coming from Berne and Zurich travelling on to the lower Valais have to transit in Visp now. Most of the sights can be visited in a few hours and it may be interesting for a short stop on to the way to your final destination.
phone: +41 27 946 18 18address: Balfrinstrasse 3
If you are driving, you will most probably be coming in via the main road (N9) which leads through the town centre. Be sure you follow the main road and don't take the bypass (Umfahrung). There are several car parks (mostly underground) around the town centre, notably at the two supermarkets (Migros and Coop) and the railway station.
Burgerkirche Heilige Drei Königeaddress: KaplaneigasseThe tower of this catholic church is from the 14th century, whereas the church was built in 1710-1730.
Schulhaus Sepp Blatteraddress: Auf der MauerThis school building named after the former FIFA president is nothing special. If you are a football fan though, you might be interested to stop by and take a picture of the building with the name written on its facade.
St. Martinskircheaddress: St. MartiniplatzThis is the more modern of the two churches. It was built in the 17th century, but then modified in 1953, giving it a rather modern look.
address: LitternawegCatch a match of the local Ice hockey team EHC Visp at their home arena. They only play in the National League B, but are very popular among the locals.
Planetary trailA marked out trail that leads to the town of Stalden. It is a scale model of the solar system on a 1:1 billion scale with models illustrating the size of the planets at intervals corresponding to the distance between them. The trail starts behind the cemetery and is marked. It leads through the Visp valley to the town of Stalden, which is located at a very exposed spot overlooking the valley. The trail is rather flat and does not require you to be in a very good shape.
There are a couple of small shops in the railway station. A big Migros supermarket is right behind the bus interchange in front of the railway station, while a bigger Coop supermarket is located on the other side of the street, opposite Migros. Most of the other stores line the Bahnhofstrasse which runs from the railway station, crossing the main road all the way to the core of the old town.
address: Bahnhofstrasse 22This is a second-hand shop run by a social enterprise. However more interesting are the wooden souvenirs they sell, mostly household items such as chopping boards.
PürumärtA weekly market along the Bahnhofstrasse up to the old town. Sells among other products from regional agriculture such as cheese and sausage.
address: Bahnhofstrasse 21Small bookshop. Has a limited range of English books. They also have a lot of local/regional books.
phone: +41 27 720 67 37address: Brückenweg 10Another option for a quick bite or a meal while changing trains at a decent price. Also have take-away.
phone: +41 27 948 40 30address: Talstrasse 9A rather pricey restaurant a bit outside of Visp. Definitely one of the best in the region in terms of food quality.
address: Bahnhofplatz 1This is a bakery and café inside the railway station building. If you are changing train and have to wait for your connection and it's cold outside, this is the most convenient option to sit down and have something to eat. While they do serve some proper meals, the pastries and desserts are what they are known for. They also have some regional specialities such as rye bread.
phone: +41 27 946 74 74address: St. Jodernstrasse 17A catholic institute which also offers rooms to individuals. Full board, half board and breakfast is also available.
phone: +41 27 946 20 84address: Mühleye 7This camping ground also has a swimming pool which can be used without staying at the camping ground.
phone: +41 27 948 06 00address: Bahnhofplatz 7
phone: +41 27 948 38 00address: Bahnhofstrasse 2
The town of is reachable by train in a couple minutes from Visp. It is notable for the following sights:
Burgkirche St. RomanusThis church is located on a hill overlooking the town. It was built in the 16th century on top of the ruins of a castle, hence the name of castle church. The church is known for the ceiling fresco depicting the Last Judgement. On the southern side of the church lies the tomb of the writer Rainer Maria Rilke
FelsenkircheBuilt in 1974 this church is much newer but nevertheless not any less interesting than the Burgkirche. This church is built in an artificial cave under the hill, almost directly under the Burgkirche. Inside the church, the cave walls have been left as they were, giving the church a very unique feel.
- The mountain resorts of Zermatt and Saas-Fee are reachable in about an hour from Visp via train (Zermatt) or bus (Saas-Fee). Go there for skiing in winter or hiking in summer.
- If you are more into spa, head to Leukerbad. You will have to take the train to Leuk and take the bus from there.
- Head northwards by train towards Berne or Zurich if you are missing a proper city after your stay in rural Valais.