Mine de Cuivre de la Lée - Zinal

Copper mine and guided tours


A living witness to the mining industry in the Val d’Anniviers, the La Lée Copper Mine is currently the only one in Switzerland that is open to the public. Frequent guided tours are organised between mid-June and September .

The Val d’Anniviers has seen more mining exploration than most other valleys in Switzerland. Discovered in 1832 on the La Lée mountain above Zinal, the copper mine had to wait until the end of the century before it was exploited. It was the mineral seam containing copper ore that attracted attention at the time, but the copper content was ultimately deemed to be too low, and all mining activity soon ceased.

Of the twenty or so mines recorded in Anniviers, only the La Lée copper mine is open to the public. At an altitude of 1937 m, 1½ hours’ walk from Zinal, it contains 500 metres of galleries hollowed out by human activity.

- Duration of visit : 45 minutes
- Max. 15 people per visit
- Wear mountain shoes , warm clothing and battery lamp
- Group tours available on request.

Visits in French

Visits in English

Access: 1 hour 30 minutes walk from Zinal

For group bookings (>6pers.), please contact Anniviers Tourisme by e-mail ( We reserve the right to cancel your bookings in the event of non-compliance.


Individual priceAdult : CHF 9.- Child (6-16 years) : CHF 5.- With Pass Anniviers Liberté : Free
Useful information

Meeting at the entrance to the mine (1½ hours’ walk from Zinal)
Activity in French or English
Booking online or to the Tourist Offices until the day before at 5 pm

Location Zinal
Visites guidées de la Mine de Cuivre de la Lée
Mine de Cuivre de la Lée
CH-3961 Zinal
Ticketing / booking +41 027 476 17 05
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