Mudflows and the young River Rhone created this landscape, with its wild valleys, year-round snows, hints of the Mediterranean – and plenty of culture, too.
A spectacular hike through the Pfynwald. Come and explore the attractions in this lovely conservation area.
The regional Pfyn-Finges nature park includes a considerable number of protected areas of national significance. The most well-known is Pfynwald with the wild Rotten river between Leuk and Siders. Make sure you follow all signs and directions. Also, while in this area, please stay on the marked trails and do not swim in the ponds. Plants, flowers and bushes are there to be enjoyed, not to be pulled out. Dogs must be leashed at all times. Remember to carry all waste out with you. Fires in Pfynwald are strictly prohibited! Thank you for helping us to protect this magnificent area.
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Experience the wine area and get to know the world of wine. Along the 6 km wine trail you will discover wine villages, the wine regions and the wine technology.www.paerke.ch/The classic wine-path
Reb and Weinmuseum Salgesch
Telephone+41 27 456 45 25
The forest of Pfyn/Finges nature reserve is the centrepiece of the regional nature park Pfyn/Finges. The forest of Pfyn/Finges has been officially protected since 1997, after it had already been included in the KLN inventory in 1963.www.paerke.ch/Pfyn/Finges Nature Reserve
Pfyn-Finges Nature Park
P.O. Box 65
The Illgraben is one of the most active mountain streams in Switzerland with several mudslides per year. These flows of debris can transport several 10,000 tons of rock, stone and earth that are up to 2 m high and flow with speeds of up to 25 km/h.www.paerke.ch/The Illgraben
Huge masses of rock of a post-glacial landslide have shaped the Pfynwald, which could well be referred to as valley of the hills.www.paerke.ch/The Pfynwald hills
Sierre, Salgesch and Umgebung Tourismus
Place de la Gare 10
The monument in Pfynwald stems from 1899. The Obelisk commemorates the defeat of Upper Valais against the French - and the Swiss Revolution troops of western Switzerland in May 1799.www.paerke.ch/Pfyn monument
Living conditions for plants in the landscape characterised by steppes are extremely harsh. The soil is rocky and dry and it can be extremely hot in summer. Temperatures as high as 65 °C have been measured in rotting sand.www.paerke.ch/Pfynwald steppes
Groundwater has formed a series of ponds at the heart of Pfynwald country - with some tongue-twisting names such as Muggotolo, Pfafforetsee, Muggenseeli, Rosensee and Schafsee.www.paerke.ch/Pfynwald ponds
Amid the rolling hills of the reserve.www.paerke.ch/Hilly hike on the Pfynwald round trail
The only section of the Rhone, which could not be channelled, thanks to the constant flow of debris from the Illgraben!www.paerke.ch/Wilde Rhone