In this article, we found 10 fun things to do in Martigny when visiting the Swiss town based upon tourist reviews and ratings.
Martigny is located at the end of the Rhone valley in the Kanton (municipal) of Valais. From the town, you’ll reach both Italy and France within minutes and it connects several famous ski resorts with Verbier being the most famous.
Let’s have a look at the 10 most popular things to do in Martigny this year!
10. Pont de la Bâtiaz
Pont de la Bâtiaz is a place that has become popular with time. Built on the River Dranse and first washed away in 1635, it is one of the oldest bridges in the area. Over the centuries, it was destroyed several times. The present structure came into existence in 1920.
It is a beautiful structure, and you should definitely visit it while you are at Martigny. Enjoy a pleasant outing alone or with family and friends. You can also visit the surrounding attractions like the castle when you are there.
Besides the ten places/attractions mentioned above, you can check out several other unique locations to make your vacation even more memorable.
9. Musée de l’automobile
The automobile museum is housed at the Fondation Pierre Gianadda, and it came into existence in 1981. It has some of the most unique and oldest vehicles from 1897 to 1939. There are at least fifty such vehicles which are all made in Switzerland.
If you love antique cars and their history, you will have the most pleasant experience there. Over the decades, the collection of vehicles has grown tremendously, and they come from all around the world. It may be noted that almost all the cars work just fine. Whether you love Bugatti, Mercedes-Benz, or a Rolls-Royce, you will see them all.
8. Gorges Du Trient and Du Dailley
Sometimes, staying too long in a town or city can be boring. A visit to the Gorges Du Trient and Du Dailley can be a unique and pleasant distraction. It takes only about five minutes from Martigny to reach the area. Enjoy the view, take a tour of the Vernayaz village and experience some rural life.
Also, witness the splendid Pissevache waterfall dropping down at least one hundred and sixteen meters. It may take about one hour on foot to reach the waterfall if you go around the village. If you have time to kill, it would be pretty enjoyable.
7. Western City Martigny
If you have always loved Western movies or history, this amusement theme park is a must-visit location. Based on the far west, it offers an incredible experience to everybody. There are plenty of things to do, and you certainly won’t be disappointed.
But kids are sure to enjoy it more than adults because most games are perfect for them. You can take your kids or young relatives to the park and let them have fun. They can take part in various games like obstacles, shooting, scooter race, etc.
The Western City Martigny also has a picnic location. Hence, if you feel a bit bored, enjoy a picnic with friends and family.
6. Museum of Science of the Earth
Geology is an exciting subject. But not many people are fortunate to see minerals and other substances found in the earth in their natural state. The Museum of Science of the Earth offers the chance to those people to experience geology and mining first hand.
The museum comprises three floors, with each providing a different experience. Established in 2008, the museum holds an exhibition annually, with geology being the primary subject. The display includes substances found in Valais and also from around the world.
Kids, as well as adults, can have a wonderful experience at the museum. The underground level is considered the most exciting part, especially for kids. It represents the Valais mining tradition with exhibits of numerous items related to mining and geology.
A lovely indoor playground for kids up to 12, Monstrofun certainly lives up to its name. You can take your kids to enjoy a wonderful day during the holidays or even plan a birthday party.
Kids can have fun in different ways. They can enjoy on the trampoline, inflatable castles and play exciting games. Children are always hungry, and so the place has an area for ordering food too. The menu is extensive, and so everyone can eat something they love.
There is also a play area for kids under two years of age. Hence, if you have toddlers, it would be a great place to let them have fun.
4. Mont-Blanc Express
You should get on the Mont-Blanc Express if you want to enjoy the scenic beauty of Switzerland. Starting at Martigny, it goes to Chamonix in France and beyond. Established in the early 20th century and more than a century later, the express line continues to remain popular. During the journey, you will witness lovely villages, snow-white waterfalls, mountains, and rivers.
You can book accommodation in Chamonix for a day or two to enjoy the alpine mountains. Traveling the express will undoubtedly be a memorable experience, especially if you live in a bustling city. Only the sound of nature will fill your ears as you travel on the train.
3. Musée et Chiens du Saint-Bernard
If you are fond of dogs, especially St. Bernard, then the Saint-Bernard Museum, also called Barryland, is something you should see. Experts provide training to men’s best friends for various services. There is also an exhibition area and a puppy enclosure.
The attraction came into existence in 2006. Since then, it has become a popular fun destination for residents and visitors alike.
You can go to the zoo with family, friends, and kids and enjoy watching the dogs. However, it can be disappointing because the management doesn’t allow visitors to pet the dogs.
2. Zoo Et Piscine des Marécottes
Animal lovers should visit this zoo. If you are interested in seeing and learning more about Alpine fauna, Zoo Et Piscine des Marécottes is worth visiting. Situated at an elevation of 1,100 meters or about 3609 feet, it is the highest zoo in Europe.
Currently, about one hundred and fifty species inhabit the zoo. When you are there, you will get an opportunity to see deer, foxes, marmots, bears, lynx, and many more. Not only will you enjoy watching the beautiful creatures, but you will also be mesmerized at seeing the enchanting scenery.
If you are up for some cold dip, get into the pool. You can also enjoy a picnic with family and friends.
1. Fondation Pierre Gianadda
The Pierre Gianadda Foundation lies in the southern part of Martigny, and it is one of the main attractions in the city. Constructed and opened in 1978 in the memory of Pierre Gianadda by his brother Leonard, it manages shows and museums in the city. The famous museums and exhibitions include Gallo-Roman Museum, Automobile Museum, Sculpture Park, and Chagall Court.
It also houses an extensive collection of art pieces by various artists. If you are fond of history, art, and culture, it is a must-see place during your visit to the area. The exhibition hall also hosts an orchestra regularly. Hence, if you happen to be there, you may get a chance to enjoy a lovely concert.
If you feel hungry on a visit, check out the cafeteria indoors and the restaurant in the winter garden.