Relais de Dranse
in Liddes - St. Bernard

The Relais surprises with its family atmosphere and its majestic mountain scenery.

Welcome to the Relais the Dranse!
Two houses

and quite a lot of possibilities:

  • Rental for groups and individuals (prices and conditions)
  • In our language camps, children and teenagers can learn English, French or German in groups of 6 participants coming from all around the world!
  • A unique vacation program, including Family week, a Hike Hostel, Teach Yourself week, Singles' week, Students week and Mushroom week, for a very affordable price: 200 CHF for seven days and six nights and you can join us and enjoy the views in the Valais.
  • During the Winter, we offer you a Ski Hostel. The mountains and the ski resorts in the area are famous, and they can be all your for an amazing price: one week for 650 CHF (half-board accommodation, Ski pass and transfers)
  • A co-working space, for those who want to bring their laptop and keep on working in an incredibly beautiful location!

SHARED ROOMS

three 4-bed rooms, two 6-bed rooms, two 8-bed rooms common shower
Our group house Relais de Dranse
40 + 20 + 10 Beds
Our house, the Relais de Dranse, is located in Liddes in the canton of Valais, Switzerland, 1340 meters above sea level in the mountainous Swiss countryside.
The house has the following bedrooms:
  • 3 rooms with 4 beds
  • 2 rooms with 6 beds
  • 2 rooms with 8 beds
  • 1 large dormitory with 24 beds
  • 10 beds in the neighboring house
  • In addition, there are several renovated toilets and shower rooms available per floor.

Previously, the house served as a restaurant and was converted into a group house in 2014. During the summer months, it serves as the perfect starting point for hikes and bike tours, and in winter, it has easy access to several nearby ski resorts, including Verbier 4 Vallées, the largest ski resort entirely inside Swiss borders - Liddes has a lot to offer all year round!

Esssaal
RECREATION ROOM
Billiards, ping pong, baby foot, 3 sofas, projector & screen, Sonos speakers.

PLAYGROUND

Fireplace, ping-pong, badminton, soccer, volleyball, teepee, slackline
We were here a few nights and totally thrilled! Totally cool guests here from all over the world and so what open. The mountains are breathtaking. We will definitely be back!
Jean van Mourik, Zürich
Surroundings
Sain Bernard
3 ski-resorts in the immediate vicinity (5 min drive)
  • The largest ski area in Switzerland with over 400km of slopes is only 20 min away: Verbier 4 Vallées
  • Liddes is located at the entrance of the nature reserve Combe de l'A
  • Sports hall(s) can be rented on site
  • Off-road playground
  • Near the water
  • A football field of the FC Liddes
  • Countless hikes and 7 SAC mountain huts in the region
SUmmerpass FROM 29 swiss francs
Winterpass FROM 129 swiss francs
St Bernard Pass
Take advantage of St Bernard Pass, an annual pass with more than 15 winter and summer services and public transport from Orsières to La Fouly, Champex-Lac and the Great Saint-Bernard Pass (in particular, skiing in the three smaller ski areas with a total of 50 km of slopes and 12 lifts near our house).
  • All Year Round - CHF 129
  • Summer only - CHF 29
Day passes are also available. Children under five years pay only CHF 5.- for the keycard.
Catering
  • Self-catering (from 25/30 CHF per night)
  • Half board (from 50 CHF per night)
  • Full board (from 60 CHF per night)
A local convenience shop and a cheesemongers are located near the house, as well as two banks, a post office and a tourist office.

Location / Arrival

  • Access to the front of the house is possible by car and car/bus
  • 30 parking spaces for cars, 1 of them suitable for coaches
  • The bus station in Liddes (10 minutes walk from the Relais)
  • 2 village shops
  • Ski area Vichères: 5 minutes by car, during the high season there is a shuttle bus twice a day to the ski area

Rent a car

Do you want to rent a car? We have two Fiat Scudos with 9 seats and a Dacia with 5 seats.
6 days rent cost 500 francs per car
(Gasoline and insurance are at the expense of the renter).

Sauna
We have a small sauna which is available free of charge.
Kitchen
Our kitchen has the following equipment: gas stove, refrigerator, freezer, industrial dishwasher.
History of the valley
Coffee and coffee places
The first inhabitants of the Pays du St-Bernard were probably Etruscans, members of a northern Italian people.

Around 500 - 450 B.C. the Celts invaded the Po Valley. The Veragrians settled in the districts of Saint-Maurice, Martigny and Entremont.

After the annexation of Helvetia and the massacre of the Salassians (Celts from the Aosta Valley), the Romans decided to subjugate the Veragrians in order to secure sovereignty over the pass at Mons Jovis or Mont Joux (Great Saint Bernard).

When they entered the valley via Mons Jovis, they encountered four tribes:

  • The Iberians to the east,
  • the Seduns or "people of the hills" in the center, au center,
  • the Veragrians on the axis of the Great Saint Bernard and
  • the Nantuates in the Lake Geneva region.

These armed tribes founded densely populated centers that gave rise to Sedunum (Sion), Octodurum (Martigny) and Agaunum (Saint-Maurice).

They joined forces against the Roman invaders; an expedition by General Galba in 54 BC to occupy the Great Saint Bernard and the Simplon Pass failed and the legionnaires had to retreat.

After that, the Roman eagles, the Aquilæ, did not return until forty years later under Augustus.

Nothing is known about the living conditions under the Romans. On the other hand, we know that our valleys were devastated after the invasion of the barbarians, Huns and Saracens.

The Saracens destroyed the monastery - the refuge of Bourg-Saint-Pierre - and in 972 the Abbot of Cluny was captured at the bridge of Orsières.

The Pays du St-Bernard belonged to the first kingdom of Burgundy until 1032 and then to the county of Savoy.

In 1475, at the Battle of the Planta, the Valaisans were victorious and the Bishop of Sion became spiritual and temporal lord of Lower Valais, with a governor in Saint-Maurice and a castellan in Sembrancher. This is how it remained until the end of the Ancien Régime in 1798.

Then, after three years of independence and ten years as a department of the Simplon, the history of the Pays du St-Bernard became mixed with that of the Canton of Valais.