This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Sion. To help you make friends with Sion before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Sion (Sitten), Switzerland, is located in the French-speaking part in the southwest of Switzerland. In order to avoid confusion, keep in mind that it is the French name; in the German part of Switzerland, the term Sitten is common. The smaller, Italian-speaking part prefers the name Seduno. It is the capital and the economic centre of the Swiss canton of Valais. The town, with a population of approximately thirty-four thousand people, lies in the valley of the River Rhône and is surrounded by a beautiful mountain range, which includes the mountains Haut de Cry and Grand Chavalard. Both mountains are just under three thousand metres high. It is well connected to other major Swiss cities by the railway network and the A9 motorway. Sion has also a small regional airport with a few international air links.
The capital of Valais offers several worth-seeing landmarks such as Basilique de Valère, a fortified church constructed on a hill, and Château de Tourbillon, a beautiful castle on the opposite hill of Basilique de Valère. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy numerous activities such as hiking, mountain biking, and golfing. Summers in Sion are comparatively warm. The maximum daily temperatures reach between twenty-four and twenty-six degrees Celsius. In winter, visitors can expect average maximum temperatures around five to six degrees Celsius.
In and around the area you can find a place to stay in numerous hotels as well as budget accommodation like camping sites, guesthouses, and hostels in Sion (Sitten), Switzerland. Your Sion (Sitten), Switzerland hostel is of excellent quality, but keep in mind that it can be really busy during the summer and winter holidays and may also be popular with school classes. Your Sion (Sitten), Switzerland hostel will be centrally located and is a suitable starting point for various outdoor and cultural activities in the valley.
Sion is nestled in the Rhône Valley, which has a rich history. There are in total four castles on the hills surrounding the town. Château de Tourbillon burnt down in the late eighteenth century and was ruined subsequently. It is National Heritage site. Originally, the scenic castle was built between the late thirteenth century and the beginning of the fourteenth century. It is open to public from March to November. The impressive Basilique de Valère is more like a fortified village than a classic castle from the Middle Ages. The church was built in the twelfth century in the Roman style. It also used to be the seat of the Venerable Chapter of the cathedral church. The region around Sion also offers really good conditions for vineyard cultivation and wine tours are available all year round.
Written by local enthusiast for Sion hostelsFlo