Where to buy

Where to buy

Information about areas of Switzerland

The high life!

Glistening peaks and pristine nature of Switzerland invite you to explore and experience life in this paradise for healthy living with its outdoor activities in all the seasons. The serene beauty of the Alps and the glittering lakes are inspiration for many a creative mind. Resorts like Zermatt, Verbier, St Moritz, Interlaken, Gstaad, Verbier, Crans Montana are great places where to buy great Swiss properties. Bustling cities like Geneva, Basel, Lausanne, Zürich and Montreux offer most commercial opportunities.


There are four languages spoken in Switzerland – Swiss German, French, Italian and Romansch – and a fascinating mix of cultures to match. Architecture, arts, music: the event calendar is packed full of varied entertainment.

Where to buy!

The Valais

Capital  SION – the oldest Swiss town

Skiing  4 Valleys – 412 km of pistes


The Valais offers top class educational opportunities, including private and specialized schools.

Where to buy

Buying property

Purchasing property in Valais is relatively easy and straight-forward, also for second homes. Even now after the new law has come into force, there are still building permits held by Swiss builders for new-build second/holiday chalets, for both residents of Switzerland and foreigners. Once these have been completed, new ones will not be available. Existing property can be bought by foreigners if there is a required permit in place (ask first). In Valais there are numerous options available.



Permits for working and living in Valais

Foreigners will need to have either a B- or C-permit to work and live here. Learn more.

Things to do

Apart from the obvious winter sports of skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, sledging, skating, and the outdoor activities in the summer like hiking, mountainbiking, the Valais offers a multitude of activities, the enjoyment of arts and culture.

Languages spoken

French, German
Access to an English-speaking notary is advised



Costs of buying property

Notary and other buying fees amount to circa 2.5 % of the purchase price

Our Opinion

The Valais is a great place where to buy, with very friendly welcoming people, and best of all the weather; the micro-climate the Valaisans enjoy provides over 300 days of sunshine in a year!

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Skip Cole is the director of the Swiss property website (Swissgetaway.com), the largest online shop window for properties for sale in Switzerland.

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