Situated in the south-western part of Switzerland in the canton of the Valais, Verbier is bordered by France to the west and Italy to the south. Drawing its alpine charm from the many traditional chalet-style buildings that harmoniously nestle into the hillside, it has a south-westerly orientation meaning it benefits from being in the sunshine all day long. So, there are many sun terraces for you to kick back and relax on.
Place Centrale is where everything big tends to happen in Verbier. Chalet style buildings surround you in all directions, with the mountains as the perfect backdrop behind. Hotels, ski shops, banks, bars and retail shops are all within a 100-metre radius.
History & Culture in Verbier - Centre
The first account of skiing in Verbier dates back to 1925 when a group of skiers hiked up from Sembrancher with the sole purpose being to ski back down. At this time the town was inhabited by a few cows and a couple of herdsmen. After the war the Swiss government decided it would make a great place for a ski resort and then in 1946 the first lift system was built. It wasn't until the ski boom of the 1960's that it became a popular destination and cemented itself as one of the leading resorts in the Alps.
Sights & Attractions in Verbier - Centre
Centre Culturel du Hameau in Verbier has a small Alpine museum, gift shop and small church all located in a small private square at the bottom of Les Esserts ski slope. A bit further up at the top of Les Esserts you have Carrefour, which in winter is as high as the road goes and offers you a panoramic view of the surrounding mountain ranges, Rogneux, Combin and Mont-Blanc.
Verbier has two lift stations, Medran (the main one) and Savoleyeres. Medran connects you to Verbier's main pistes and also down to Le Chable. As a part of the 4 Vallees ski area, which includes the resorts of Nendez, Veysonnaz and Thyon, there’s a whopping total of 92 ski lifts and 412km of pistes to ski and snowboard. Medran and Savoleyeres lift station are both easily connected via the free bus service.
Events in Verbier - Centre
Home of Xtreme Verbier, the most prestigious extreme skiing and snowboarding contest in the world, the Freeride World Tour, makes its final stop in Verbier on the famous Bec des Rosses mountain every March.
Plenty of events take place throughout the summer and winter months, so take a look at our events calendar for all the latest ones.
Things to Do in Verbier - Centre
The main activity in Verbier in winter is of course skiing and snowboarding, but you can do snowshoe walks, sledging or take a ride in a husky sledge. Off the mountain the 'centre sportif' provides swimming, squash, snow and ice karting, ice hockey and ice-skating. There is also a gym which provides private classes for every member such as Pilates, Yoga, Spin, Boxercise and more.
Verbier has a local golf club that is situated at Le Hameau which is only open in the summer. It has an 18-hole golf course and is located above the main town of Verbier only a five minute drive away. The golf course is situated on the winter piste called 'Les Esserts'. There is also an 18-hole short pitch and put course at 'Les Moulins' which is a five minute walk from Place Centrale, just behind Cordee Des Alps hotel.
Dining in Verbier - Centre
Verbier has an extensive range of restaurants all over town from Route De Verbier station all the way up to Rue De Medran. You can choose from traditional Swiss restaurants or for a more varied menu head to Chez Martin, La Pergola, Borsalino or Fer a Cheval. For a fine dining experience try Nomad Sushi Lounge, Cordee Des Alps, La Grange and The W Hotel. A little bit further away from the centre you’ll find Le Rouge, Chalet Adrien, Le Hameau restaurant, Le Sonalon, Carrefour and for great pizzas try Al Capone.
Nightlife in Verbier - Centre
Verbier is known for some of the best partying in the Alps and it certainly does not disappoint with a wide range of options to choose from. From the Medran lift station down to Place Centrale you have between 10-15 bars open in winter from après until around 02:00. For a late night option you have The Etoile Rouge, Twin Peaks and Farm Club all within the surrounding areas of Place Centrale and no longer than five mins walking distance in each direction.