What to do in summer > Culture, heritage and discovery > The La Lée copper mine

The 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 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.

Guided tours of the copper mine

Visits :


On Wednesday (visits possible between 11:00-15:00)

On Friday (visits possible between 10:00-16:00)



On Wednesday (visits possible between 11:00-15:00)

Meeting point :

At the entrance to the mine (1½ hours’ walk from Zinal)

Duration of visit :

45 minutes

Bookings :

At the tourist office until 5pm the day before

Prices :

  • Adults: CHF 9.-
  • Students and concession card holders: CHF 7.-
  • Children (6-16): CHF 5.-

Free admission for holders of an "Anniviers Liberté" pass

Please note :

  • Wear sensible shoes and warm clothing
  • Group tours (min. 10) available on request.
  • Group rates:
    • Adults: CHF 7.-
    • Students and concession card holders: CHF 6.-
    • Children (6-16): CHF 4.-

Partnership with Objectif Sciences International

  • From 9 July to 6 August 2017  (during the mine opening hours)

Anniviers Tourisme is joining with Objectif Sciences International to tell visitors all about the La Lée copper mine in Zinal and its production methods. As part of their participation in the scientific holidays organised by the Très’OR des MINES (Goldmine of Learning) scheme, a group of children will be stationed along the access way during the opening hours of the mine


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)


Information and registration
Yanis Chauvel
+41(0)78 792 35 52



You may also like
The spectacular and unusual St-Léonard underground lake is the largest such lake in Europe.