Crans-Montana in summer


Crans Montana (Canton Valais) is one of the most popular and popular holiday destinations in Switzerland, not only in winter in light of the 140 km of ski slopes, but also in summer, thanks to the path network which allows you to discover every corner of the area that surrounds it.

What to do and what to see

Crans Montana is a Swiss town in the Canton of Valais located on a sunny plateau which, from a height of 1500m, dominates the Rhone Valley below.

It is part of the district of Serre and lends itself to being an ideal destination for summer holidays: during the summer it is in fact easier to discover the luxuriant territory that surrounds this locality, made up of mountain pastures dotted with bays, alpine lakes, verdant meadows, irrigation channels biss and picturesque villages.

Discovering the beauties of Crans Montana and its remotest corners means spending the summer days organizing excursions on foot or maybe even in mountain bike: there are about 320 km of paths and trails that allow both the less trained and the more sporty to visit every corner of the Swiss town.

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Sports lovers themselves will find Crans Montana an ideal place to have fun outdoors, breathing deeply in the clean air that does nothing but bring benefits to the respiratory system.

In Crans Montana, for example, they can be practiced sports such as nature training, Nordic walking, paragliding, canyoning, water skiing and fishing. In particular, water activities are a must in the summer season given the presence in Crans Montana and its surroundings of many lakes, many of which are also suitable for swimming, which make the days truly relaxing and fun.

In Crans Montana there are in particular 3 routes dedicated to jogging called Hesana Trail, with lengths of 5 km, 10 km and 13 km.

Lovers of mountain bike and  e-bike instead they will find themselves pedaling on prepared, well-signposted paths surrounded by fairytale landscapes. For example there are the path Family Forest Loop up to Lake Ycoor, the most technical Escape leading to the Tièche Valley and the path Exercise that winds through the pastures and the forest.

Crans Montana is additionally a resort that enthusiasts of golf they cannot not know. here in fact arises the Crans Sur Sierre Golf Club, the most important in all of Switzerland: the Omega European Master PGA takes place in September at this prestigious club, where games are played in the shade of the Alpine peaks.

Not only young people, sports enthusiasts and hikers will spend a pleasant holiday in Crans Montana, but also the little ones: the families in fact, they will be able to organize pleasant walks in the Moubra wood in the company of Tulipe, a docile dog from St. Bernard of 9 years of age.

Alternatively parents can go with their children to Chermignan D'En-Hout and visit here the yak, in a bucolic environment dominated by the sounds of nature and that of the suggestive Tibetan bells.

even the Vaas Castle it can be a destination that will fascinate young and old: it is a building dating back to the XNUMXth century which has preserved period interiors. The mansion now houses an exhibition and a library dedicated to wine, not surprisingly being flanked by a vigorous Cornalin vine, one of the main winemaking excellences of the nearby Rhone Valley.

Very interesting is also the Grand Lens Museum, also dedicated to the history of viticulture in the area: the name refers to the ancient community that brought together the villages of Lens, Montana, Icogne and Chermignon. The museum, located inside a rural house, extends over 4 floors and houses not only objects related to the craftsmanship of the past, but also portraits and works by Muret and Ramuz.

A must for families is then the Colombire Pasture Ecomuseum site at 1850 m. high along the Bisse de Tsittoret path: one part consists of a relais complete with a visitor center and restaurant with a spectacular panoramic terrace, the other consists of 3 mountain pastures. You can visit the log cabins, also known as mayen, rebuilt and restructured keeping faithful to the ancient style; there is also the opportunity to participate in educational workshops, in the production of cheeses and in tastings of local products.

There is no person who, in front of a model train, does not become a child again and for this reason a visit to the Swiss Model Train Foundation: more than 1300 scale trains, from freight to passenger carriages to locomotives, representing 150 years of railway history. There is no shortage of models that represent, in minute detail, the landscapes of Crans Montana and the Canton of Valais, complete with bridges, viaducts and stations. There are also US model trains, especially from Colorado, as well as a toy exhibit with pieces dating as far back as 1895.

La Foundation Opal it is a museum space dedicated to Aboriginal art: many may think it is an "out of place" museum thinking that Swiss and Aboriginal are two diametrically opposed cultures. In reality, the bond with Mother Nature is strong in both and at the Opale Foundation you can make a full-immersion in the Australian indigenous culture, without missing lunch at the panoramic restaurant.

Excursions in Crans Montana

From Crans Montana it is easy to reach 5 beautiful lakes, starting with that of Etang Grenon: it stands on the Haut Plateau and on its banks the historic Parc hotel was built in 1893.

In memory of this building, which in fact kicked off tourism in the Crans Montana area, a monumental inscription with twelve letters "Crans Montana" was created. From the lake you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Rhone valley and the mountains overlooking the Ubac.


Il Etang Long lake rises instead to 1455 m. high and is the perfect place to enjoy the summer days relaxing on the beach, beach volleyball and the Cable Wake course complete with inflatable games placed on the lake surface.

even the Moubra lake it is a very popular place in the summer due to the various possibilities of carrying out sporting activities such as horse riding, tennis, beach volleyball and fitness: there is also a Vita Path which combines the passion for sport and that for nature.

Much appreciated by local fishermen is then the Chermignon lake, surrounded by luxuriant woods that occupy the banks, making them the perfect shelter on slightly hotter summer days.

A stone's throw from Crans Montana is the Lake of Icogne, well-known starting point for excursions in the surrounding woods.

A little further away from the center of Crans Montana there are other enchanting lakes worthy of a visit, starting from Huiton Lake, reachable through an excursion that starts from the Plaine Morte Glacier located at 2927 m. high, which can be reached by cable car. The trail crosses the historic site of Huiton and then the lake located at 2575m. high, where even in summer there is still some snow.

Then there are the Lake Louche at 1140m. of height in the territory of Lens, near the statue of Christ the King, the Lake Miriouges and Tseuzier lake at 1777 m. of height. The latter is an artificial basin created following the construction of the Rawyl dam and it is possible to circumnavigate it via an easy path that takes you past the dam, skirting the side of the mountain and reaching the Les Loquess and Bisse de Sion springs.


Very famous is the Bisse del Ro route, literally dug out of the rock in the 2020th century: the path bears many information panels relating to the efforts made by the locals to obtain water. In 120, a footbridge was built that is very similar to a Tibetan bridge: it is 70 m long. and is XNUMX m high.. and connects the center of Crans Montana to the Rawyl dam.

Among the most beautiful excursions to do in Crans Montana is the one that starts from Lake Tseuzier and heads towards the pasture of Vatseret: you follow the streams up to the Mondralèche pasture, from which the view sweeps over the Alps and the Plaine du Rhône. The excursion proceeds towards the pastures of Er De Lens and Er De Chermignon, to then reach 2548 m. in height of the Bella Lui mountain through the Col De Pochet.

At this point it is possible to go down to the Cabane des Violettes or to reach the Cry d'Er.
Another route much loved by hikers is the one that leads to wild strubel, connecting the Valais Cnaton with that of Bern: it is very spectacular and is suitable for the most trained, taking about 5 days to complete it.

Starting from Crans Montana, we proceed towards the Bernese Oberland, passing through the village of Leukerbad and the Gemmi Pass. You arrive at Kandersteg and Adelboden, then return to the heart of the Canton of Valais crossing Lens, the Rawil Pass and finally the Bisse du Ro.

Holidays in Crans Montana

The locality of Crans Montana has everything to make a summer holiday fun and relaxing: in fact, there are many places to visit, some close to the center such as five bathing lakes and others not far away, without counting the biss and mountain passes.

Many of the recommended excursions in Crans Montana also require several days, not counting the periods in which they occur institutional events, popular summer events, such as the Festival delle Terrazze and the Wine & Jazz in the local gardens.

To visit them all and leave nothing unexplored, they serve as a minimum 2 weeks: in this period of time you can concentrate on a certain place, without haste and in total calm.


There is no holiday without one or more stops at the restaurants and chalets in the area: certainly picnics on the meadows are one of the most beautiful experiences to have in the mountains, but it is also nice to taste the typical dishes sitting at the table of the dozens of restaurants present (including some with starred ones), perhaps enjoying the spectacular views.

This is especially true in Crans Montana and in the Canton of Valais, where it is possible to taste excellent products such as savory pie cholera, Raclette del Valais DOP, Zafferano di Mund DOP, Carne Secca del Valais IGP, Distillate alla Pear DOP, apricot distillate Abricotine DOP and then the wines, among which Cornaline and Arvine stand out, both PDO.


In and around Crans montana, there is no shortage of accommodation, suitable for all budgets and all needs, of families, sportsmen and young people. There are holiday homes, cabins where you can sleep surrounded by Alpine peaks, family-run hotels and then luxury hotels, such as the Swiss Historic Hotel.

There are no shortage of them Swiss Bike Hotel, perfect for those who choose to spend the summer in Crans Montana to take advantage of the routes dedicated to e-bikes or mountain-bikes, making every useful service available to sports enthusiasts.

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