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Why dog lovers need to head to Switzerland this summer


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Dog lovers around the world should head to Switzerland this summer, as the beautiful district of Martigny celebrates the 50th anniversary of the St. Bernard breed.   

Known for their beautiful big coats and involvement in tales of alpine rescues, the celebration of the St. Bernards will take place at the Centre of Exhibition and Reunions of Martigny from 29th June to 1st July this year.

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Switzerland is well known for being the original birthplace of the lovable breed, with the Great St Bernard Pass being a must stop for those visiting. The road pass is the third highest in the country, connecting Switzerland and Italy with breath-taking views of the nearby lake, as well as the famous Swiss mountains.

While you’re celebrating all things St. Bernard, why not take a detour and explore more of Switzerland? The surrounding Valais has stunning sights and world famous resorts, perfect for vistors wanting to make the most out of their trip.

Alcohol lovers should head to Morand Distillery, whose staff have over 120 years of expertise. Expect a delicious taste testing tour of their various cocktails and spirits made with aromatic fresh fruit, as well as information on how it’s all done behind the scenes. Children can do along too, and are sure to enjoy the sweet alcohol-free syrups that are available.

If alcohol isn’t your thing and you want even more information on St. Bernards, the Musee Et Chiens Fondation St. Bernard really is a must. Not only do you get to meet the cuddly creatures once every hour in this museum, you learn more about the history of the breed through films and other interactive, fun methods.

Switzerland has an abundance of history, so a trip to the Martigny Amphitheatre is well needed. As well as being a free experience, the local landmark is sure to take your breath away as your transported back to Roman times as you enjoy the view of the historical site.  

To register for the St. Bernard event, email for more information.

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