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Stage 5, St-Martin–Nax
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Stage 4, Veysonnaz–St-Martin
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St-Martin VS

St- Martin sits on a sunny terrace in the heart of the Val d’Hérens. The municipal district comprises 9 typical hamlets where keeping up traditions is daily routine. Alp and cattle farming still play an important role in the local economy
The traditional communal ovens in St. Martin and Luette are still used on special occasions and the whole village joins in (five to six times per year).

St. Martin is still completely shaped by traditional alp farming. The time when the cattle – the Ehringer cows bear the name of the valley – are driven up to the alp in mid-June, is also the time to nominate the «Queen of the Alp». The cow fights take place in a friendly atmosphere before an impressive mountain backdrop. The Alpabzug procession when the cows are brought back down from the alp takes place in September and is naturally another occasion for a festival.

St. Martin’s favourable position meant that it was settled very early on. In the 16th century, an epidemic of plague in Mattertal caused a wave of immigration from Zermatt, so that at times the majority of the population was German-speaking. Numerous St. Martin family names recall this period. Until 1530, the fate of the village was decided by «foreign lords». St. Martin then managed to gain a certain degree of independence. Trials were held on the village square.

The economic situation remained tough until the building of the dam. The electricity industry brought with it new jobs and thus new prosperity.

Of special interest is the Combioula mineral spring with water at 26 °C. It was discovered in the 15th century. Also worthy of mention is the Pont de Praz-Jean, a stone bridge dating from 1636 that crosses the Borgne in an arch.

The area around St. Martin is marked by attractive alp pastures and extensive forest (until summer a rich source of mushrooms). From Louette you enjoy superb views of the Euseigne rock pyramids. Hiking, mountain-biking and mountain tours are particularly pleasurable in these surroundings.

Highlights

  • Authentic village centre with traditional houses
  • «Fours banals», communal ovens still used several times a year in Eison, Luette and St. Martin
  • Hiking, mountain and mountain-biking tours in a variety of intact landscapes
  • Combioula hot mineral spring
  • Historic Pont de Praz-Jean, bridge dating from 1636
St- Martin sits on a sunny terrace in the heart of the Val d’Hérens. The municipal district comprises 9 typical hamlets where keeping up traditions is daily routine. Alp and cattle farming still play an important role in the local economy
The traditional communal ovens in St. Martin and Luette are still used on special occasions and the whole village joins in (five to six times per year).

St. Martin is still completely shaped by traditional alp farming. The time when the cattle – the Ehringer cows bear the name of the valley – are driven up to the alp in mid-June, is also the time to nominate the «Queen of the Alp». The cow fights take place in a friendly atmosphere before an impressive mountain backdrop. The Alpabzug procession when the cows are brought back down from the alp takes place in September and is naturally another occasion for a festival.

St. Martin’s favourable position meant that it was settled very early on. In the 16th century, an epidemic of plague in Mattertal caused a wave of immigration from Zermatt, so that at times the majority of the population was German-speaking. Numerous St. Martin family names recall this period. Until 1530, the fate of the village was decided by «foreign lords». St. Martin then managed to gain a certain degree of independence. Trials were held on the village square.

The economic situation remained tough until the building of the dam. The electricity industry brought with it new jobs and thus new prosperity.

Of special interest is the Combioula mineral spring with water at 26 °C. It was discovered in the 15th century. Also worthy of mention is the Pont de Praz-Jean, a stone bridge dating from 1636 that crosses the Borgne in an arch.

The area around St. Martin is marked by attractive alp pastures and extensive forest (until summer a rich source of mushrooms). From Louette you enjoy superb views of the Euseigne rock pyramids. Hiking, mountain-biking and mountain tours are particularly pleasurable in these surroundings.

Highlights

  • Authentic village centre with traditional houses
  • «Fours banals», communal ovens still used several times a year in Eison, Luette and St. Martin
  • Hiking, mountain and mountain-biking tours in a variety of intact landscapes
  • Combioula hot mineral spring
  • Historic Pont de Praz-Jean, bridge dating from 1636

Arrival and return St-Martin VS

Adresse

Office du Tourisme de St-Martin
Case postale
1969 St-Martin
Tel. +41 (0)27 281 24 74
info@saint-martin.ch
www.saint-martin.ch

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St-Martin VS
Chemin des Bisses
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Stage 5, St-Martin–Nax
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Chemin des Bisses
Chemin des Bisses
Stage 4, Veysonnaz–St-Martin
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Chemin d’Ossona
Chemin d’Ossona
Route 215, Vernamiège, Les Prixes–Ossona–Euseigne, La Luette
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St-Martin VS
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