Nov 10, 2014 - 3:52 PM
in reply to Askswiss
Greetings from Malaysia!!
On our way to Montreux, we broke our journey at Sion and we glad we did. The old town is relatively small and easy to cover as it is quite flat. The main attraction is the market which they have every Friday and it is very "local" and we were probably the only two Asian there, I think. Most people do not speak English (but friendly). Had raclette and local white wine from the street vendor. Very nice.
We walked up to Basilique de Valère and Chateau de Tourbillon and we had a very nice view of Sion. In my opinion, for those that have limited time, I would suggest that they only do Valère as it is easier to go up there (about 30 mins on foot from old town) as Tourbillon is basically a ruined which I believe is undergoing restoration now.
It was difficult to gauge the old town as the market took the "center stage" the day we were there. But from what I observed, it should be a nice place to stroll along the narrow street, enjoy drinks at the sidewalk cafe and equally important, I think there are not that many tourists. We highly recommend Sion as a stopover or even a day trip for those going or staying in Montreux or Lausanne. It's a smaller town but it has a lot of character.
Thanks again to myswissalps for all the advice and recommendation. We spend 10 nights in Switzerland and the weather has been very kind to us especially in Gornergrat and Jungfraujoch. Bought an 8 day Swiss Pass and traveling was seamless on various transports. Met up with many nice people during our journey starting with a nice greeting at the passport control (with a nice welcoming smile). My only slight disappointment is our journey with Glacier Express from Andermatt to Zermatt. I have taken the journey once but from Chur to Zermatt and I believe we must have missed some very scenic view which must be before Andermatt. Thank you Switzerland. We enjoyed our trip very much and definitely will come back soon. Keep up the good work and you guys are the best!
Warm regards, Annabelle