Swiss Cow fighting / Combat des Reines.

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Combat de Reines or Swiss Cow fighting, is a traditional event held mostly in the Swiss canton of Valais (map), in which a cow fights another cow (unlike bullfighting, in which humans fight bulls, often to the death).

Each year, the Swiss canton of Valais hosts a series of cow fights known as combats de reines (“queen fights”), which began in the 1920s and has drawn as many as 50,000 spectators in a year.

 Also сheck оut мore info: Valais — Switzerland Tourism (myswitzerland.com)

Cows naturally fight to determine dominance in the herd, and this is the behaviour that is exploited in cow fighting, using cows from the local Herens breed. With their horns blunted, the fights are mainly a pushing contest.

It sometimes happens that the cows in a fight refuse to engage in physical contact with each other at all. Each fight can last up to 40 minutes.

The Valais is exactly that: a long, narrow, L-shaped valley in the Swiss Alps. The main cities in this region are along the river Rhone which cuts through the bottom of the valley, between its source at the Rhone glacier in the east and its temporary destination of Lake Geneva in the west. The main tourist destinations lie in the lesser populated side valleys to the north or the south or on plateaus above the main valley.

The train from Geneva airport runs twice an hour along the main Rhone valley through most of the canton, stopping at stations including Saint-Maurice (1:40hr, not all trains stop), Martigny (1:51hr), Sion (2:05hr), Leuk (2:21 hr, not all trains stop), Visp (2:32 hr) and finally Brig (2:41hr).

The train from Zurich Airport runs hourly and stops at Visp (2:22hr) and Brig (2:33hr) passing through the 34-km-long Lötschberg base tunnel.

For a more scenic journey, the route through the old Lötschberg tunnel still runs. It requires a change of train in Bern, Thun or Spiez and takes around an hour longer to reach Brig. It offers a nice view on the Rhone valley as it slowly descends the side of the mountain. This train is popular among hikers, as it has a supplementary stop at Goppenstein (map), giving access to the Lötschental (map), as well as a couple stops on demand along the way to Brig passing through a popular hiking area.

 

Public transport.

Information about all types of public transport.

Swiss Pass – The “Swiss Pass” is now called the “Swiss Travel Pass.”

Also сheck оut мore info: Your journey to Valais (valais.ch) • Swiss public transportation (myswitzerland.com)

BUS: Swiss PostAuto bus network / + EurolinesFlixbus

TRAIN: SBB-CFF-FFS. + TGV LyriaInterCity Express (*Rail travel in Switzerland)

AIRPORT: Major international airports: Genève Aéroport • Zurich AirportEuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg.

FERRY: Association of Swiss Navigation Companies

Finale Nationale de la Race d’Hérens 2018.

Participer à la mythique Finale Nationale de la Race d’Hérens c’est l’occasion de passer une journée inoubliable au cœur des Alpes valaisannes. Rendez-vous les 5 et 6 mai 2018 dans les célèbres arènes de Pra Bardy !

video source: Valais Wallis / youtube.com /

Useful websites.

Links to additional resources with useful information for planning your trip.

VISAS & IMMIGRATION.

You can visit this website to find comprehensive and up-to-date information on visa requirements, application procedures, forms, fees.

Switzerland Mobility.

Switzerland Mobility is provides information on cycling, mountain biking, rollerblading, and other outdoor activities in Switzerland.

Swiss Museums.

The Swiss Museums Association website provides a directory of museums in Switzerland, allowing you to explore collections and exhibitions.

Welcome to the Swiss Alps! | MySwissAlps.com

Map of Switzerland with points of interest | map.search.ch

Swiss Alpine Club | www.sac-cas.ch

The MySwitzerland app is available for both iOS and Android devices. It offers a wealth of information about Switzerland, including destination guides, maps, event listings, and personalized trip planning features.

Switzerland Mobility is another website that focuses on outdoor activities and recreational routes. It provides information on cycling, mountain biking, rollerblading, and other outdoor activities in Switzerland.

The Swiss Parks website offers insights into Switzerland’s national parks and nature reserves. It provides information on the parks’ landscapes, wildlife, hiking trails, and conservation efforts.

Swiss Food and Culinary Traditions (patrimoineculinaire.ch): To explore the culinary traditions of Switzerland, the Swiss Culinary Heritage Foundation website provides information on traditional Swiss dishes, regional specialties, and food-related events.