Sion spoils visitors with over 7,000 years of history, rich culture and stunning alpine scenery. It has a lively old town and offers easy access to some of Switzerland’s best wineries. Whether you want to enjoy a summer escape to the mountains or carve up the slopes at a nearby ski resort, Sion is perfect for exploring the canton of Valais.
Things to do in Sion
Sion is best known for its pair of hilltop forts that watch over the city. Both Tourbillon Castle and Valere Basilica are open to the public and offer a fascinating glimpse at Sion’s history in addition to sweeping valley views.
Most visitors gravitate towards the picturesque Old Town of Sion. Here you’ll find an enchanting mix of sidewalk cafes, pint-sized museums and artisan chocolatiers. Every week, the old town throws a fantastic market where you can pick up everything from artisan cheese to local wine.
In winter, Sion transforms into a snow sports hub. A string of resorts dots the Valais valleys attracting legions of skiers and snowboarders. Staying in Sion means you can ski by day then return to a bustling après ski scene loaded with bars, cafes and fondue restaurants.
Sion sits in the middle of one of Switzerland’s most important wine-growing regions. Touring the vineyards of the Valais is a must for wine lovers and will give you a chance to sample Fendant, the region's flagship white wine blend.
Getting around Sion
In the Old Town, walking is the easiest way to get around. If you want to explore the side valleys of the Valais, rent a car or take advantage of public buses that run to nearby towns and ski resorts.