Rhonetal (Switzerland)

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Rhone Valley (Vallée du Rhône)
View of the Rhone Valley with Brig-Glis and Naters

View of the Rhone Valley with Brig-Glis and Naters

location Switzerland / Valais
Waters Rhone
Mountains Bernese Alps / Walliser Alps
Geographical location 596 207  /  119362 coordinates: 46 ° 14 '  N , 7 ° 23'  O ; CH1903:  596 207  /  119362
Rhone Valley (Canton of Valais)
Rhone Valley
Type Trough valley
length 80 km
particularities Largest wine region in Switzerland
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The valley of the Rhone from Brig-Glis to Saint-Maurice is called the Rhone Valley (also Walliser Rhone Valley , Swiss Rhone Valley , locally also Rottental ; French Vallée du Rhône ) .


The Swiss Rhone Valley is the main valley of the canton of Valais . It is a trough valley that was formed by the Rhone glacier .

The upstream district of Goms , like the Chablais downstream between Saint-Maurice and Lake Geneva , is not referred to as the Rhone Valley, although these areas are also crossed by the Rhone.

Language areas

In the upper part of the Rhone Valley (and Valais in general) German is spoken, in the lower part French. The language border lies with Sierre ( French: Sierre ).


The valley is accessible with the main road 9 and the A9 motorway as well as with the railway ( Simplon route ). Through the Lötschberg tunnel with car transport and the Lötschberg base tunnel , the valley can be reached all year round from the Bernese Oberland without having to use the access from Lake Geneva. The valley is connected to Italy via the Simplonpassstrasse and the Simplon railway tunnel as well as the Grosser St. Bernhard Pass and the Grosser St. Bernhard road tunnel .

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