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Monthey Coat of Arms
State : SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : Canton of ValaisCanton of Valais Valais (VS)
District : Montheyw
BFS no. : 6153i1 f3 f4
Postal code : 1870
UN / LOCODE : CH CHX (Choëx)
CH MON (Monthey)
Coordinates : 562315  /  122181 coordinates: 46 ° 15 '0 "  N , 6 ° 57' 0"  O ; CH1903:  562315  /  122181
Height : 430  m above sea level M.
Height range : 382–2250 m above sea level M.
Area : 28.70  km²
Residents: i17,785 (December 31, 2018)
Population density : 620 inhabitants per km²


Location of the municipality
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Monthey is a political municipality , a civil parish and capital of the district of the same name in the canton of Valais in Switzerland . The municipality is located on the Vièze river , which flows into the Rhone here , and is part of the Swiss part of the Chablais landscape .

Historic aerial photo by Werner Friedli from 1949


Monthey is located on the Rhone , which is the municipality boundary in the northeast and the border with the canton of Vaud , between Lake Geneva and Martigny . The neighboring municipalities are Collombey-Muraz , Troistorrents , Vérossaz , Massongex , Bex , Ollon . An exclave of Monthey is located around 10 km southwest of the city center. This uppermost part of the Val de Morgins borders the municipalities of Troistorrents and Val-d'Illiez as well as France. The highest point of Monthey is in this exclave, Pointe de Chésery at 2249  m above sea level. M. Monthey has four other exclaves within the parish of Collombey-Muraz. The lowest point is the Rhône at 390  m above sea level. M.


The city had been under the rule of the House of Savoy since the 11th century and was administered by victumen and house warriors . From 1536 to 1798 Oberwalliser land bailiffs ruled.


Population development
year 1329 1422 1850 1900 1950 1970 2000 2010 2012 2014 2016
Residents 82 fireplaces 56 1841 3392 5608 10114 13933 16408 16880 17409 17573


Mayor is Stéphane Coppey (CVP, as of 2016).

National Council elections

In the Swiss parliamentary elections 2019, the share of the vote in Monthey was: FDP 28.5%, SP 21.1%, CVP 16.2%, SVP 16.1%, Greens 14.1%, CSP 2.3%.


Are partner municipalities of Monthey

  • Diekirch in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, since 1954
  • Ivrea in Piedmont (Italy), since 1954
  • Tübingen in Baden-Württemberg (Germany), since 1959
  • Göd in Hungary, since 2007


Monthey is an important industrial location in the canton of Valais. There are many chemical plants : the most important are BASF , Syngenta and Cimo, a joint venture of the first two companies. The mechanical engineering company Giovanola had to give up in 2004 due to insolvency . The engineering company Bolliger & Mabillard designs roller coasters around the world . The Satom SA waste incineration plant is also located in Monthey . An oil refinery in neighboring Collombey was closed in 2015.


The A9 motorway , the St. Maurice - Saint Gingolph SBB line and the Chemin de fer Aigle-Ollon-Monthey-Champéry ( AOMC ) narrow-gauge railway pass through Monthey. The nearby “ Portes du Soleil ” ski area can be reached in about 30–45 minutes by AOMC trains or by car .

Guggenmusik at the
Carneval de Monthey


The sporting figurehead of the city is the 2-time basketball champion, the BBC Monthey .


Monthey is known throughout Switzerland for its carnival , which is one of the largest regional events after the activities in Basel and Lucerne and attracts Guggen music from all cantons every year.


The Catholic parish church of Notre-Dame-de-l'Immaculée-Conception is a classicist, three-aisled basilica with a gable -topped portico , which was built by Emile Vuilloud from 1851 to 1855 . The decor and furniture date from the 19th to 20th centuries.

On the Rue du Château is the New Castle , which was first mentioned in the 15th century and built from scratch by the Upper Valais bailiffs in 1663–1664. The building, which includes a medieval tower, consists of three wings around an arcaded courtyard.

The armory , a former tower from the Middle Ages that was remodeled in the 17th century, can be found on Rue de Bourg-aux-Favres.

On the Place de l'Hôtel de Ville is the baroque chapel Notre-Dame-du-Pont , a building with an oval floor plan with a vestibule that was rebuilt in 1775. Inside there is a rococo altar with Pietà from the 15th century.

A covered wooden bridge from 1809 crosses the Vièze river.

On the right bridgehead you can see the figure “Unleashed Vièze”, created in 1917 by the sculptor J. Casanova .

The Delacoste house , which was built in the 17th century for Bishop Hildebrand Jost over a former fortification, stands on Rue du Commerce.

Le Crochetan at 10–12 avenue du Crochetan is a former fortification that was owned by the Du Fay family until 1875. The curtain wall with two corner towers and a gate with a weir bay are preserved from the medieval building . The residential wing dates from 1734.

One of the largest glacier boulders in Switzerland, the Pierre des Marmettes, can be found in Monthey . The mighty stone and the many other boulders on the western mountain slope, which come from the old lateral moraine of the Rhone glacier, give a good picture of the dimensions of the glacier in the last ice age, they are therefore in the federal inventory of landscapes and natural objects of national importance with the Part number 1709.



Web links

Commons : Monthey  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Permanent and non-permanent resident population by year, canton, district, municipality, population type and gender (permanent resident population). In: bfs. . Federal Statistical Office (FSO), August 31, 2019, accessed on December 22, 2019 .
  2. ^ Federal Statistical Office : NR - Results parties (municipalities) (INT1). In: Federal Elections 2019 | August 8, 2019, accessed August 1, 2020 .
  3. Syngenta Crop Protection SA on ETHorama
  4. May Rivier: L'église paroissiale de Monthey et la cure. (Swiss Art Guide, No. 570). Ed. Society for Swiss Art History GSK. Bern 1994, ISBN 978-3-85782-570-5 .
  5. ^ Frédéric Giroud: Anton de Augustini. In: Historical Lexicon of Switzerland . February 18, 2010 , accessed April 27, 2020 .