town in Valais, Switzerland

Sierre (German: Siders) is a city in Central Valais. While the city is in the French part of Valais, there is a large German-speaking population and you will encounter many people being fluent in both languages. Sierre has a rich cultural heritage but is also known for its wine.

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By train edit

The 1 SBB/CFF train station is in the city centre. There are half-hourly trains from Brig and Visp, as well as from Sion. Lausanne and Geneva. Half hourly regional trains connect to the smaller towns.

The 2 funicular railway is around 500 metres from the main station and links to Crans Montana.

By car edit

From the A9 motorway north of the city, either exit Sierre-Ouest or Sierre-Est can be taken to access Sierre.

Get around edit

The city centre is quite compact and it is possible to walk to most places.

See edit

  • 1 Hôtel de Ville (Right outside the main entrance to the train station). This building which serves today as town hall was built during the 17th century by Jean-François de Courten as a residence. It served as a hotel for a long time, where a lot of famous people stayed for long periods.
  • 2 Château des Vidômes. Not accessible to the public. A castle from the 15th century and Sierre's oldest building.
  • 3 Church Sainte-Catherine. Baroque style church from the 17th century.
  • 4 Notre-Dame des Marais. The old church of Sierre, built in the 14th century.

Do edit

  • 1 The Wine Museum in Sierre-Salgesch, Rue Ste-Catherine 6, +41 27 456 35 25, . March-October W-F 14:00–18:00, Sa-Su 11:00–18:00. This museum about all things wine is spread out over two villages, with one exposition in Sierre and a different one in nearby 2 Salgesch. Both museums are linked by a 6 km long trail through vineyards. Fr. 6 for both museums.
  • Foire de Ste-Catherine. Monday and Tuesday of the last or second last week of November.
  • 3 VINEA wine fair (Around the Hôtel de Ville), +41 27 456 31 44, . Two days in early September. Wine fair showcasing wines from around Switzerland. Fr. 30 per day.
  • 4 Fondation Rilke, Rue du Bourg 30, +41 27 456 26 46, . Tu-Su 14:00-18:00. A museum dedicated to the work of the poet Rainer Maria Rilke. It is situated in the 18th century Maison Pancrace de Courten.

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Eat edit

  • 1 Didier de Courten, Rue du Bourg 1, +41 27 455 13 51, . Tu-Sa 12:00–13:00, 19:00–21:00. This two-Michelin star restaurant is owned and operated by a renowned Swiss chef. Offers special menus for vegetarians and other dietary restrictions. Mains from Fr. 80, set meal from Fr. 180.

Drink edit

Sierre is known for its wine.

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  • Take the funiculaire up to Crans Montana.
  • Sion, the capital of the canton, is only 10 minutes away by train.

Routes through Sierre
LausanneSion  Geneva Airport   Brig  VispBrig

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