Château de Tourbillon

Top choice in Valais

Lording it over the fertile Rhône Valley from its hilltop perch above Sion, the crumbling remains of this medieval stronghold, destroyed by fire in 1788, are worth the stiff trudge for the postcard views alone; wear solid shoes as the rocky path is hairy in places.

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