If you’re looking for a trekking holiday that incorporates stunning mountain views, local culinary delights and Swiss village charm – then the Haute route is for you!
For many people a highlight of the Haute Route is visiting the ancient villages that dot the trail from Chamonix to Zermatt. Of these, Grimentz is one of the most picturesque and historic.
Frozen in time
Nestled in the Val d’Anniviers at 5157ft, the village of Grimentz seems to be frozen in time. It’s narrow cobbled streets are lined with rows of tightly packed wooden houses adorned with thousands of red geraniums.
Some of the oldest buildings, such as the Bergher house, date back to the 1500s. Blackened by the sun, they still stand strong in testament to the craftsmanship of their time. The earliest records of the village date back to the 11th century and in the 14th century it became part of the Val D’Anniviers. At that time people of the Val D’Anniviers lived part of the year in the Rhone valley and would travel on foot to villages such as Grimentz in the spring. The home owning residents at that time were burgeoisie; owning alpine pastures, mills and vine yards in the Rhone valley. (To this day the Rhone valley is still a principal wine region of Switzerland.)
Development of tourism
Tourism began in earnest in the 1960s and today Grimentz is a year-round destination for hiking, skiing and sight-seeing. Fortunately it has been developed sensitively in a way that retains its traditional charm.
Historic walking tour
Even after a long day of hiking, it’s worth setting aside a couple of hours to follow the historic walking tour through the village. The tourist office will be happy to give you a booklet which will guide you through the hidden gems of Grimentz. These include the House of the Bourgeoise (1480), the parish church (1828) and granaries dating back to the 17th century .
If you are interested in visiting Grimentz, Alpenwild tours stay overnight on both the Haute Route and Deluxe Haute route trips. We stay in the centre of the village and you will have plenty of time to explore before a hearty three course meal in one of the best restaurants in Grimentz.
If you’re interested in visiting Grimentz as part of the Haute Route trek, you may enjoy our other posts:
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