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Imposing geology - Landslide of Salgesch / Sierre

Geological excursion in the Nature Park


09:00 - 17:00


Naturpark Pfyn-Finges
3970 Salgesch

Meeting place

Salgesch, Station

About 10,000 years ago, the landscape of the Sierre region was profoundly changed by a gigantic landslide of over 1km3 (cubic kilometer) of rock.

Bergsturz von Salgesch
Image: Naturpark Pfyn Finges

Following the retreat of the great Rhone glacier some 10,000 years ago, the landscape of the Sierre region was profoundly altered. A gigantic landslide of more than 1km3 (cubic kilometer) of rock suddenly descended from the heights of the Varneralp. The regular slope of the Flottuwald, an almost bare limestone slab that is still very visible today, represents the plane of the landslide. Between Salquenen and Granges, small hills break the monotony of the plain. The excursion goes in search of evidence of this prehistoric event.

Number of participants is limited. Registration is required by 4.00 p.m. on Friday.

Intended for

  • 6-10
  • 10-14
  • 14-18
  • 18+
  • 20-40
  • 55+
  • Family
  • Group


Content: simple

Interactivity: active

Inside/outside: outside


Adults: CHF 30.-
Children: CHF 15.-
Family: CHF 60.-
Members: free of charge

Transport costs not included
Equipment: Clothing suitable for the weather, good shoes, drinks, picnic (lunch)
Pure walking time: approx. 4 hours in several stages / Walking distance 12 km / difference in altitude 300 meters
Minimum age of children: 10 years
Languages: English, German, French
Weather dependent? Yes
Does it cost anything? Yes