Martigny is a vibrant mountain town with a passion for art, music and gastronomy. The town is surrounded by orchards and vineyards, with rugged mountains forming a dramatic backdrop. Discover the town’s Roman past, visit world-class museums and explore an 800-year-old chateau.
Things to do in Martigny
Admire works by Picasso, Van Gogh and other masters at Fondation Pierre Gianadda. The gallery is made up of several unique spaces, including an automobile museum filled with gleaming vintage cars. The sculpture park features a café, picnic lawn and sculptures by Henry Moore and Joan Miró. Classical music recitals are held in the Concert Hall and spotlight Swiss musicians.
Learn about Switzerland’s most loved dog breed at Musée et Chiens du Saint-Bernard. Meet real-life Saint-Bernards in the kennels and sign up to walk them around the grounds. The puppies will melt your heart with their droopy eyes and ears. Exhibits trace the roles of Saint-Bernards over the centuries, including as mountain rescue dogs.
Follow the steep path up to Château de la Bâtiaz, a centuries-old castle perched on a crag overlooking the town. The views over the surrounding forests, vineyards and valleys are stunning. Visit the on-site museum and enjoy medieval-inspired cuisine at the bistro.
Plan a ski trip and use Martigny as a base to visit winter sports like 4 Vallées, Ovronnaz and Portes-du-Soleil. You’ll be amazed by the grandeur of the snow-dusted mountains. After a day on the slopes, warm up with gooey raclette cheese and pots of creamy fondue.
Getting around Martigny
Martigny is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. The town is in the canton of Valais, a 1.5-hour drive from Geneva and Bern. Good road connections make it easy to drive to Italy and France. The Mont Blanc Express runs between Martigny and Chamonix in 1.5 hours. The Sankt Bernhard Express runs between Martigny and Orsières in 30 minutes.