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"La Lée" copper mine

Zinal - 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 from June to October.

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, it contains 500 metres of galleries hollowed out by human activity.


  • Guided tours from June to October

Practical information

  • The copper mine is ~ 1h30 walk from Zinal

Useful documents

Minerals game

Look for the mountain's hidden treasures

  • Information boards
  • By the river Navizence – along the Plats de la Lée path – towards the copper mine
  • Leaflet available from the Tourist Office (in French and German only)



Office du Tourisme de Zinal
3961 Zinal
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