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Guided visit of the 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 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.

Adults: CHF 9.-
Students and concession card holders: CHF 7.-
Children (6-16): CHF 5.-
Free admission for holders of an "Anniviers Liberté" pass


  • du 07.10.2019 au 27.10.2019 chaque vendredi

Practical information

  • At the entrance to the mine (1½ hours’ walk from Zinal)
  • Duration of visit : 45 minutes
  • Bookings not necessary
  • Max. 15 people per visit (first come, first served)
  • Wear sensible shoes and warm clothing
  • Group tours (min. 10) available on request.

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Guided visit of the copper mine / Zinal
3961 Zinal

Opening times

10:00 - 16:00
Starts every hours
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