Nature

Savour a whole host of different nature experiences at Riversong. You choose the options that best suit you. When you return, a salt water spring bath with panoramic views of the Alps will pamper you into perfect relaxation!

Barefoot trail
At RIVERSONG, a barefoot path between forest and pond will grant you the many health benefits of reflexology: by acting on the nerve endings of your feet, it will help you eliminate stress, anxiety, depression, fats and toxins, strengthen your nervous system, stimulate your blood circulation, improve oxygenation – contributing to better health overall.

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Gorges de l’Avançon
RIVERSONG is located on the banks of the river Avançon, whose ancient flow has fashioned spectacular gorges that you can follow through the woods down to Frenières or up to Pont de Nant.

Thomasia Botanical Gardens and Pont de Nant Nature Reserve
About 20 minutes walk from RIVERSONG, you can admire the oldest alpine botanical gardens. Created in 1891, the Gardens bring together mountain plants from around the world – from the Alps to the Himalayas, through the Andes, Japan and the Arctic.

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At the end of La Thomasia, be sure not to miss a visit to the beautiful nature reserve of Pont de Nant – the path is dotted with interesting educational panels displaying its exceptional fauna, geology and flora!

The Thomasia Botanical Gardens (* in french)

Natural reserve of Pont de Nant

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Walks
Starting off from RIVERSONG, you can go on beautiful hikes of one to five days: discover the alpine pastures (Pont de Nant, Vare, Javerne, Bovonne …), the nature reserve of the Pont de Nant, the Trou à l’Ours, the neighboring mountain ridges (Croix de Javerne, Muverans tower, Col des Essets, Pas de Cheville …) or the village of Derborence made famous by the Swiss writer C.-F. Ramuz.

In winter, these hikes are done by cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or ski touring.

Salt Trail
If you want to learn about the history of the salt that we use for our RIVERSONG baths and which constitutes the original mining in the region – do visit the Salt Trail. Interesting information panels along with guides in period costumes (on request) will bring to life the Swiss ‘white gold’ rush as you drive through forests, meadows, vineyards and waterfalls! The Salt Trail can be extended by visiting the salt mines of Bex.

www.sentierdusel.ch (* in french)

www.mines.ch

Outdoor activity area for children
Children and young people will have the opportunity to frolic in the open air, all over the beautiful grounds of RIVERSONG.

Texts : Sandrina Cirafici. Photographs : Stéphane D. Schlup, Sandrina Cirafici, Bernard Pulfer, Sentier du Sel, Mines de sel de Bex