10 Things to Do in Crans-Montana That You Shouldn't Miss

January 24, 2018 Hana Mouser

Crans-Montana actually comprises two ski resorts, Crans-sur-Sierre and Montana-Vermala, although for all intents and purposes, they function as one. Popular with affluent Italians, the skiing is good (best for beginners and intermediates), but the shopping, eating and drinking are even better. The resort claims to be on the sunniest plateau in the Alps, and indeed the snow is often lacking, but the views over the Rh™ne are superb. Every September, the resort hosts the European Masters golf tournament.
Restaurants in Crans-Montana

rue du Prado 29, Crans-Montana 3963, Switzerland +41 848 221 012
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4 based on 382 reviews

Crans-Montana

Stretching from the Rhone valley (altitude: 500m) to the Plaine Morte Glacier (altitude: 3,000m), Crans-Montana is a sunny region with a breathtaking view over a string of mountain peaks that unfold from the Dufourspitze to Mont Blanc via the Weisshorn and the Matterhorn. With its lakes, Forests, glacier and vineyards, the region has something to offer every nature lover. Sports fans, too, will be delighted to discover a large array of amenities dedicated to sporting activities, whilst cultural devotees will enjoy the wide range of museums, events and festivals. In fact, Crans-Montana combines all the benefits of the urban lifestyle within a mountain setting, with a wide selection of eateries ranging from mountain huts to award-winning restaurants, numerous boutiques and shops, a wellness centre, a variety of entertainment and a vibrant nightlife.

Reviewed By FormerCaliBoy - Zurich, Switzerland

Crans and Montana are neighboring communities connected and shared by the little mountain lake. There are nice little outdoor cafes, restaurants with sidewalk Seating and this place was rather hectic during our fall visit. There was a show horse event in town during our stay, which was free and open to the public so we went down briefly to check it out.During the Swiss National Holiday there were fireworks set to music over the mountain lake.
The place is even more popular during the winter season as the skiers take over the town. The ski lifts are very close and within walking distance and once at the top there are more connecting trails along the ridges and a large lounge with openair patio.
Crans-Montana is a somewhat exclusive resort town for those that love to ski and/or love to be pampered. .

2. Fondation Pierre Arnaud

route de Crans 1, Lens 1978, Switzerland +41 27 483 46 10
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4.5 based on 54 reviews

Fondation Pierre Arnaud

Reviewed By HarryDubois - Geneva, Switzerland

Nice collection of impressionist pointilliste paintings at the time we visited. Museography of good quality. A special media allowing interaction between visitors and a particular painting reproduced with digital technology is amazing and bring a lot to enjoy the maestria of the painter.
Some special deals are available when you purchase tickets. Reception staff do not promote it.... Be carefull. Watch out.

3. Anzere Spa & Wellness

Place du Village, Anzere 1972, Switzerland +41 27 398 77 77
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4 based on 116 reviews

Anzere Spa & Wellness

In the mountain resort of Anzère, on the way to the village centre, the new Spa & Wellness offers you a peaceful environment to relax with an amazing landscape. Free your senses to the rhythm of the seasons in the three areas :The Pool Area : Whether in the indoor or outdoor pool, relax in a 33°C water. Enjoy the pure mountain air and the sunny environment with a panoramic view of the surrounding Alps.

Reviewed By Peter P - Mount Wilson

A great edition to Anzere contributed to by many owners and the Commune and Canton.the view from the pool is second to none an experience that will be remembered. The gym facilities are limited but of excellent quality. A visit is a must if staying...MoreDear Customer, We would like to thank you for your comment and are pleased to read that you enjoyed your relaxing moment at Anzère Spa Wellness. We are looking forward to see you soon Best Regards The Team

4. Lac Souterrain, St-Leonard- Day Tours

rue du Lac 21, St-Leonard 1958, Switzerland
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4 based on 222 reviews

Lac Souterrain, St-Leonard- Day Tours

Reviewed By UrbanDrifter - Melbourne

31 students, 5 staff and we virtually fill up the boat. There were a half dozen other adults on the quick journey and they were patient with our excited teenagers. This trip is by no means scary and in fact, quite beautiful. Of course, as a seasoned traveller I've seen some amazing underground lakes and this was very good but not the best I've seen. But for the meer cost of 10 francs it's worth it for 20 minutes and about 300m. When we got to the end I was like "is that it?" but heck - you gotta make a buck somewhere. Some might find it a tourist trap but we all enjoyed it.
The guides ask what languages we spoke so they could cater for all of us. It's nice in cool inside but we were there in June but I wonder if it's open in the colder months and what it would be like.
The lights they have to illuminate the water and you can see the very large fish is wonderful. Even the lighting on a dinghy is something special (see my pics).
As we were travelling with a choir group I asked them to sing and they sand a beautiful classical piece that had the other tourists in tears. The acoustics were wonderful. They sang one more and when we got off the boat they applauded us.
The gift shop got a hammering from the students who bought so many things such as bracelets, rocks, pocket knives as well as soft drinks and ice cream. The owner shut the doors after we left because I think she'd made alot of francs that day.
We caught a train from Sion to this destination. Pretty easy to do and a 20 minute walk from the station to the start of it. You may need a map or get the Google machine to show you the way.
Toilets are good. Food good. Drinks cold. There is a Seating area outside as well.

5. Espace Ludique OBABAO

Venthone 3973, Switzerland
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5 based on 7 reviews

Espace Ludique OBABAO

This outdoor adventure playground is aimed at families. Admission is free and there is a picnic area nearby. Covering an area of over 9000m2, this obstacle course is rather like a human-scale game of snakes and ladders, and involves travelling through 100 squares, negotiating slides, zip-wires, sets of ropes, Bridges, tunnels and balance beams along the way.

Reviewed By GiuLeo - Vionnaz

Un dimanche en famille comme on les aime, belle découverte de cet espace ludique avec un jeu de l'oie réalisé en famille, fous rire garantis on a passé un super moment. C'est sur on y reviendra et on vous le recommande

Rue du Foulon 24, Granges 3977, Switzerland +41 27 458 34 25
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4 based on 100 reviews

Happyland

Reviewed By Swiss_traveler_70 - Geneva, Switzerland

excellent place for the little ones (0-8 yrs old), lots of fun, food typical fast food.

7. Barrage de Moiry

Val D'Anniviers, Anniviers, Switzerland
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4.5 based on 25 reviews

Barrage de Moiry

Reviewed By Plymouthtraveller8 - Plymouth

This Barrage is well worth the drive from the Rhone Valley, as in all Alpine Valleys the roads are narrow and can be a little daunting if you are not used to such roads. However when you drive out of the tunnel and up onto the barrage (or dam) you instantly realise that it was worth the effort to get here.
However, continue driving alongside the man made lake until you come to the end of the road, park your car in the parking area and then walk up to the glacier. It's steep and narrow in parts and involves a a bit of a scramble over rocks but again well worth the effort.

8. Valais Wallis Adventures

Salgesch 3970, Switzerland
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5 based on 14 reviews

Valais Wallis Adventures

We are an Outdoor Whitewater Sport Center. We are based on Switzerland, in the heart of the Rhone valley in the Valais region. Our activities include Family and Adrenaline Trips of: -Whitewater Rafting -Canyoning -Inflatable Kayaks -Wild Stream Tubing -Whitewater Kayak School -Whitewater Kayak Guided Tours of our local rivers and European Expeditions. Come visit us! This summer, nature is our playgroung!

Reviewed By Stuart_Overton - London, United Kingdom

Rafting on the Rhone with Valais Wallis Adventures was fantastic. We were a group of seven - ages from 5 years old to 72 years old! Three adults and four kids.
We were well looked after, safe at all times and everyone said it was the highlight of their holiday.
Do not come to this region without experiencing the alps and the valley floor from this unique angle.

9. Cave La Romaine

route de Granges 124, Flanthey 3978, Switzerland +41 27 458 46 22
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5 based on 4 reviews

Cave La Romaine

Reviewed By PrettyflyMax - Basel, Switzerland

Went past the cave and had its proprietor show us around their facilities, the wine making process, as well as tasting room - tried some fantastic wines, very interesting - helpful to speak french if you go.

10. Les Bisses Du Valais

rue du Pissieu 1 | Botyre-Ayent, Ayent 1966, Switzerland +41 27 398 41 47
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5 based on 20 reviews

Les Bisses Du Valais

Reviewed By Pmrbrito - Lisbon, Portugal

If you enjoy nature walks, will have much to explore in Valais.
There are dozens of old water channels (bisses) that carried water from the Mountains to the villages. All pathways are well identified and preserved. Any tourist office can provide detailed information about these pathways. Often there are small restaurants along the way promoting typical products of each region through which the water channel. The downside, not only this attraction, but of the whole Valais, is the constant noise of airplanes, helicopters, planes, motorways, trains, very unusual for a rural area like this...

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