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Martigny is a town in the French-speaking part of Valais. It lies in the Rhone valley and is one of the economic centres of the region.

Forum Claudii Vallensium


Martigny looks back on a long history starting out as Gaulish and Roman cities of Octodurus in the first century BCE and Forum Claudii Vallensium around 45 CE. During its zenith the city was a regional capital of the Roman Empire. Traces of this time can still be found in form of ruins around the city.

Get in[edit]

Martigny lies on the main train line from Geneva to Brig with trains every 30 minutes in both directions. The Mont Blanc Express runs hourly from Chamonix to Martigny.

Get around[edit]


  • 1 Forum Claudii Vallensium. Q3008539 on Wikidata
  • Boulevards.
  • 2 Le château de la Bâtiaz. A castle at a mountain next to the town, overlooking it. La Bâtiaz Castle on Wikipedia Q1012791 on Wikidata
  • 3 Fondation Pierre GianaddaRue du Forum 59 +41 27 722 39 78. 09:00-19:00 or 10:00-18:00 depending on the exposition. This arts galleries usually hosts art exhibitions of famous artists. There is also a permanent exhibition on the Roman past of the city. Fondation Pierre Gianadda on Wikipedia Q687778 on Wikidata







Go next[edit]

  • Chamonix with Mont Blanc
  • Aosta Valley, through the Great St. Bernhard tunnel or the magnificent eponymous mountain pass.
  • Visit Finhaut, a small village between Chamonix in France and Martigny in Switzerland. It is located at 1223 meters and is of pastoral economy. The backcountry feel of Finhaut is well known through its history along with Les Marecottes and Le Salvan and Le Triente when the English built the Mont Blanc Express cog train 100 years ago. The Mont Blanc Express still runs from Martigny to Chamonix and stops in Finhaut on its way. Lac d'Emosson is a reservoir partially located in the municipality.
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