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Tour des Alpes Vaudoises
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Sentier du Sel
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Sentier des vignes de Aigle à Bex
Route 106, Aigle–Bex
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Saanenland–Freiburgerland
Saanenland–Freiburgerland
Stage 1, Bex–Les Diablerets
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Rhone Route
Rhone Route
Stage 5, Martigny–Montreux
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Alpes de la Région du Léman Bike

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Rhône Skate
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Stage 4, Martigny–Aigle
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The village of Bex in Canton Vaud is located on the eastern edge of the lower Rhone Valley and is famous for its salt mine. The large municipality extends far up into the Vaud Alps and offers sightseeing attractions including an Alpine botanical garden.
The nearly 100 km2 municipal area extends from the valley floor up to the summit of the Diablerets massif. Over 100 hectares of vineyards as well as chestnut woods are tended on the southern slopes while agriculture and fruit-growing dominate on the Rhone plain. The higher areas up to the extensive Alpine zone are used for dairy farming and cattle breeding.

The main tourist attraction in Bex is the salt mine: a multitude of tunnels, shafts, stairways and huge caverns, total length 50 km. A section of this subterranean labyrinth is open to the public with a mine train taking visitors into the depths of the mountain. On the tour, visitors learn about methods of salt mining from the building of the first tunnel in 1684 to the present day.

In the 19th century, the fashion for thermal spas brought another economic boom and countless hotels were built. The heyday at the beginning of the 20th century was followed by a slump as a result of the First World War and the hotels were forced to close again. However, neighbouring Lavey-les-Bains has managed to retain its spa tradition: here Switzerland’s warmest thermal baths offer a varied spa culture with indoor and outdoor pools, a Turkish bath and Nordic sauna. The spa is coupled with a Grand Hotel.

The picturesque centre of Bex has the Hôtel de Ville (town hall) from 1747 and several townhouses dating from the 17th to 19th centuries. On a hill to the south of the town stands the Tour de Duin, a round tower and the remains of a 12th century fortress built at the entrance to the Valais and the Great St Bernard Pass and destroyed in 1476 during the Burgundian War.

The Thomasia Alpine Botanical Garden of Lausanne University is found in Pont-de-Nant at Les Plans-sur-Bex (1260m). Home to over 3000 species of plants, the Alpine garden is at the entrance to the Tal der Avancon de Nant, an unspoilt little valley which because of its vast variety of vegetation has for decades been a nature reserve.

Highlights

  • Salt mine – a mine train takes visitors on an hour-long tour of the enormous mining zone in the depths of the mountain.
  • Alpine garden – the University of Lausanne’s Botanical Alpine Garden, with 3000 species of plants, lies at the entrance to a particularly unspoiled mountain valley.
  • Bex–Villars–Bretaye – the tiny mountain railway belonging to the Transports Publics du Chablais is 17 km long and runs from Bex via Villars-sur-Ollon up to the Col de Bretaye. Several cogwheel sections.
  • Croix de Javerne – vantage point above Bex. Lovely views of the Chablais region, popular for hikes as well as snowshoe treks and ski tours.
The village of Bex in Canton Vaud is located on the eastern edge of the lower Rhone Valley and is famous for its salt mine. The large municipality extends far up into the Vaud Alps and offers sightseeing attractions including an Alpine botanical garden.
The nearly 100 km2 municipal area extends from the valley floor up to the summit of the Diablerets massif. Over 100 hectares of vineyards as well as chestnut woods are tended on the southern slopes while agriculture and fruit-growing dominate on the Rhone plain. The higher areas up to the extensive Alpine zone are used for dairy farming and cattle breeding.

The main tourist attraction in Bex is the salt mine: a multitude of tunnels, shafts, stairways and huge caverns, total length 50 km. A section of this subterranean labyrinth is open to the public with a mine train taking visitors into the depths of the mountain. On the tour, visitors learn about methods of salt mining from the building of the first tunnel in 1684 to the present day.

In the 19th century, the fashion for thermal spas brought another economic boom and countless hotels were built. The heyday at the beginning of the 20th century was followed by a slump as a result of the First World War and the hotels were forced to close again. However, neighbouring Lavey-les-Bains has managed to retain its spa tradition: here Switzerland’s warmest thermal baths offer a varied spa culture with indoor and outdoor pools, a Turkish bath and Nordic sauna. The spa is coupled with a Grand Hotel.

The picturesque centre of Bex has the Hôtel de Ville (town hall) from 1747 and several townhouses dating from the 17th to 19th centuries. On a hill to the south of the town stands the Tour de Duin, a round tower and the remains of a 12th century fortress built at the entrance to the Valais and the Great St Bernard Pass and destroyed in 1476 during the Burgundian War.

The Thomasia Alpine Botanical Garden of Lausanne University is found in Pont-de-Nant at Les Plans-sur-Bex (1260m). Home to over 3000 species of plants, the Alpine garden is at the entrance to the Tal der Avancon de Nant, an unspoilt little valley which because of its vast variety of vegetation has for decades been a nature reserve.

Highlights

  • Salt mine – a mine train takes visitors on an hour-long tour of the enormous mining zone in the depths of the mountain.
  • Alpine garden – the University of Lausanne’s Botanical Alpine Garden, with 3000 species of plants, lies at the entrance to a particularly unspoiled mountain valley.
  • Bex–Villars–Bretaye – the tiny mountain railway belonging to the Transports Publics du Chablais is 17 km long and runs from Bex via Villars-sur-Ollon up to the Col de Bretaye. Several cogwheel sections.
  • Croix de Javerne – vantage point above Bex. Lovely views of the Chablais region, popular for hikes as well as snowshoe treks and ski tours.

Arrival and return Bex

Adresse

Office du Tourisme d'Aigle
Rue Colomb 5
Case postale 100
1860 Aigle
Tel. +41 (0)24 466 30 00
info@alp3000.ch
www.alp3000.ch

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Natural treasures in the Vallon de Nant
Natural treasures in the Vallon de Nant
Salt Mines Bex
Salt Mines Bex
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Hiking in

Bex
Tour des Alpes Vaudoises
Tour des Alpes Vaudoises
Stage 8, Gryon–Aigle
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Sentier du Sel
Sentier du Sel
Route 132, Plambuit–Bex
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Sentier des vignes de Aigle à Bex
Sentier des vignes de Aigle à Bex
Route 106, Aigle–Bex
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Cycling in

Bex
Saanenland–Freiburgerland
Saanenland–Freiburgerland
Stage 1, Bex–Les Diablerets
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Rhone Route
Rhone Route
Stage 5, Martigny–Montreux
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Mountain biking in

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Alpes de la Région du Léman Bike

Skating in

Bex
Rhône Skate
Rhône Skate
Stage 4, Martigny–Aigle
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