From hiking in the mountains on a sunny day, hitting the slopes with friends at one of the numerous skiing resorts, to enjoying local delicacies, life in the Valais offers many unique advantages. It is a beautiful part of the world where the scenery and activities change dramatically with the seasons. Located in the heart of the Swiss Alps, the Valais offers a wide range of housing options.

Unless you have lived in an alpine region before, moving to the Valais will offer you a whole new lifestyle – relaxed, healthy and close to nature. It is a paradise for winter sports and summer activities such as hiking, cycling, climbing and more. You are only a stone’s throw away from two of Switzerland’s most iconic landmarks, the world-famous Matterhorn in Zermatt and the Great Aletsch Glacier, the biggest glacier in the Alps as well as some of Europe’s highest vineyards. Should you miss city life, the Swiss cities of Bern (1 hour), Zürich (2 hours) and Geneva (2.5 hours) are within easy reach for a weekend visit – as is Milan in Italy (2 hours).

Moving to the Valais is your opportunity to enjoy the best of both worlds. You can pursue your career at one of the world's leading suppliers to the pharmaceutical, healthcare and life science industries while enjoying the Valais style of life.

Living and Housing

Whether you decide to settle down in the French or German speaking part of the canton, in a cozy mountain village or a vibrant valley town, there are multiple opportunities to suit every need and lifestyle. Unlike urban centers such as Zürich or Geneva, our beautiful canton enjoys a low cost of living. Learn more about the different municipalities in the Valais.

This is also reflected in the broad, affordable housing on offer. From temporary accommodation, renting an apartment or buying your own real-estate, you can find a broad choice of housing options here.


Across the Valais and in Visp in particular, public transport connections are excellent and reliable, making it easy to reach from the Canton of Bern. Lonza Visp grants all commuting employees a generous travel allowance (75% of travel costs). Learn more about our employee benefits.
Sport, leisure and activities

The Valais is often called the sun centre of Switzerland, as the mild and dry climate of our region brings an average of 300 days of sunshine per year. This makes the Valais a paradise for a variety of outdoor sports and leisure activities. The people of the Valais are passionate about their fantastic mountain landscape and love the vast choice of outdoor activities – among them hiking, climbing, cycling, downhill skiing and ski-touring, snowshoeing or simply relaxing in the soothing thermal spas of the region. At Lonza in Visp, we encourage our employees to take part in different activities as part of the “Lonza Makes You Fit” program.

Language and Culture

People in the Valais are characterized by their down-to-earth outlook and sociability, kindness and strength of character and are proud of local traditions and customs. The German-speaking people of Upper Valais (approximately 80,000) are especially proud of their local dialect “Walliser Deutsch”. This fairly complicated dialect might be hard to comprehend at first, but Valais people are generally also fluent in one of the two official languages of the canton (German and French). Because of the tourism industry in the Valais, English as a second language is also quite common. 

The Valais is known for its strong communities, which have an open-minded, multinational character. Opportunities for celebrations and social gatherings are a key part of the local culture with Carnival being one of the biggest events in the Valais calendar at the end of Winter. In the summer, alpine festivals such as cattle drives and cow fighting are a regular feature on the calendar. 

Family life

The Valais is a very family friendly canton and excellent place to bring up children. The outdoor lifestyle and vast choice of sports and leisure activities are all great for kids and families can benefit from high-performing schools and high-quality healthcare. In addition, the cost of living is lower than in many other parts of Switzerland.

Healthcare and transport connections

Do you have further questions?

The valais4you and info@Visp team will be happy to provide you with useful information and tips on living and working in Valais.