Martigny, Switzerland

Martigny is the capital of the French-speaking district of Martigny in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. It lies at an elevation of 471 meters, and its population is approximately 15000 inhabitants. There are few more dramatically sited cities in Switzerland than Martigny. Set down on the broad valley floor, with wooded heights soaring on all sides, it’s positioned at a natural crossroads. The Rhône, having flowed almost arrow straight along its valley for over 100km, suddenly makes a sharp right-angled turn at Martigny, heading off between the mountains to Lake Geneva; elevated points within the town give yawning views along both valleys, east and north. The major draw to the town is the Fondation Pierre Gianadda, one of the country’s most prestigious art galleries. A handful of Roman ruins add a further smidgen of interest.

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