With its unique and diverse landscape, bordering Italy to the East and South, and France to the West, the Valais is undoubtedly a land of contrasts. In the mountains you'll find the majestic 4000m peaks and fascinating glaciers, and along the Rhone you'll discover vast vineyards and authentic tributary valleys. In one of these valleys – the Saas Valley – the Free Republic of Holidays, Saas-Fee is waiting for you.
Preparing for your trip
Get ready for a whole lot of holidaying!
So where exactly is the Free Republic of Holidays, Saas-Fee? How can I get there? What's the weather like? (We'll tell you this much: it's very sunny!) When do the shops open? What should I pack? Whatever questions might arise while you're preparing for your holiday, we're always happy to help out!
These times serve only as a guideline and vary depending on the shop and the time of year:
- Monday to Saturday from 8.30a.m. to midday and from 2p.m. to 6.30p.m.
Many shops are also open for a few hours on Sundays during peak season.
- Dialling code for Switzerland : + 41
- Car breakdown service 140
- Road conditions 163
- Timetables enquiries (Train,Bus) +41 90 030 03 00
- Saas-Fee parking office +41 27 958 15 70
- Ski and snow report +41 27 958 11 02
- PostAuto travel service +41 58 454 26 16
Further useful information can be found on the following page : "The A-Z of essentials".
Language - Walliser German
Feel free to join the Valaisians at the table, for they are friendly and curious people. Until midday you should say “Guätun Taag” by way of a greeting, then afterwards “Guäten Abund”. After a bottle of Fendant, the national drink, the Valaisians then go “ämbrüüf” (up) or “ämbri” (down); in the next valley the words for this are “obschi” and “nidschi”. But you will be making your way into a new language that is spoken, written and sung. A new world full of adventures.
The Free Republic of Holidays Saas-Fee, is easily accessible by car, train or PostBus, and the area has ample space for parking. Snowsports fans from England and France can take the direct train from London to Visp for a comfortable and super convenient way to travel. The journey takes about three hours on public transport from the airports of Zurich, Geneva, Basel and Milan.
Further information about arriving in the Free Republic of Holidays Saas-Fee can be found on the page: Arrival.