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Living in Visp

Hello Friends,

I'm looking into a job in Visp and wanted to find out what's life there like if i would rent a house in the city or close by.

I have a family with a 6 year old child.

Any feedback is welcome

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Hello Friends,

I'm looking into a job in Visp and wanted to find out what's life there like if i would rent a house in the city or close by.

I have a family with a 6 year old child.

Any feedback is welcome

Thank you
G.
It’s not a nice place and it’s definitely not a city. I’d either live in a village nearby or go a little further and live in Sierre or Sion.

(I don’t think you need 3 threads on this)
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It’s not a nice place and it’s definitely not a city. I’d either live in a village nearby or go a little further and live in Sierre or Sion.

(I don’t think you need 3 threads on this)



Why does everyone say that? I only pass through Visp while going to better places but still it does not look that bad?
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Re: Living in Visp

I stayed a night there once and it seems a nice town. Just what is wrong with it?
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I stayed a night there once and it seems a nice town. Just what is wrong with it?
It’s fairly ugly and there is nothing there! No decent shops of any kind unless you count Coop & Migros and there’s a H&M in Brig, but it’s pretty poor! You either need to go for village life (prettier) or a small city/town in Sion or Sierre. I mean Visp and Brig aren’t the worst places in the world, but far from the nicest either!
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Re: Living in Visp

Well Visp is German speaking and Sion is French speaking so that is a big difference if you have a child who will attend a local school.
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Well Visp is German speaking and Sion is French speaking so that is a big difference if you have a child who will attend a local school.
Yep. But I’m guessing kid speaks neither German or French, so it won’t matter which one they go to will it! Unless they have a preference! There are also international schools in the Crans Montana area which might be an option.

If German speaking school is wanted, they could live just over the language border near Sierre.
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I stayed a night there once and it seems a nice town. Just what is wrong with it?
I wonder the same. Maybe it's the language...

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I have a family with a 6 year old child.
Well the elementary school is called Primarschule Sepp Blatter... which I find awkward... schools (especially elementary ones) usually don't get named But apperently the former FIFA President went there and he turned out fine
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Re: Living in Visp

One thing to bear in mind is that the only Gymnasium school in Oberwallis is in Brig. So if she learns German she’d need to go to Gymi in Brig. French I assume there is one in Sion not sure about elsewhere.

Edit: https://www.colleges-valaisans.ch/ec...valaisans.html 1 in Brig, 2 in Sion & 1 in Saint-Maurice

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Re: Living in Visp

I'm a bit late to the party, but I hope the following might be useful to others:

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It’s not a nice place and it’s definitely not a city. I’d either live in a village nearby or go a little further and live in Sierre or Sion.
“A village is a small community in a rural area. A town is a populated area with fixed boundaries and a local government. A city is a large or important town.”

Brig and Visp may not be cities, but they are towns.

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It’s fairly ugly and there is nothing there! No decent shops of any kind unless you count Coop & Migros and there’s a H&M in Brig, but it’s pretty poor!
Brig and Visp are both German speaking. Yes, they may be regarded as ugly, unless you're into fairly brutalist concrete architecture. Brig is, by these standards, less ugly. It has some nice old buildings, a few more shops and restaurants than Visp and is slightly livelier. Neither Visp nor Brig are “not nice”, whatever that means. They are pretty standard small Swiss towns. They both have decent shops and they are safe places to live.

Both towns have shops for your daily needs, including pharmacies. Brig has a good sushi (Not that cheap) and a great little Thai restaurant (cheap for Switzerland – their Thai green curry is excellent). Visp has a couple of good Pizzerias and an ok-ish Thai restaurant.There isn't much to do in the way of entertainment in either, but that's not unusual for small – or even big – Swiss towns.

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You either need to go for village life (prettier) or a small city/town in Sion or Sierre.
Village life near Brig or Visp is a very different kettle of fish to living in the valley itself. Most villages have an increasingly elderly population. Although public transport is generally good, the timetable may not suit everybody who needs to get to work and back. There are often no shops, post offices, ATMs, schools or nurseries, or doctors or restaurants.

You won't be welcomed with open arms. The local philosophy is “numu lamachu” which loosely translates to “let them do their own thing”. This applies to locals as well as newcomers. Dinner party invitations from your neighbours will be non-existent. It's not because they don't like socializing, it's just not the done thing in small communities, except for expats from abroad or the cities. On the other hand, if you knock on somebody's door around 6pm, the inhabitants will probably be having “schpys” (cold meats, bread and cheese), and you might be offered a seat at the table. If things get really wild, you'll get an invitation to a raclette evening.

The last bus to your village is unlikely to get you home much after 9pm, so going out for drinks will cost you quite a bit more than just the drinks.

Winters can be a little harsh up in the villages. Given that you'd probably want to drive a car, you'll need to factor in snow shovelling, maybe getting stuck unless you go for a 4-wheel drive and possibly get stuffed because of (sometimes massive) rockfalls which may close the road for some time.

The housing stock is generally old. Depending when the last renovations were carried out, the kitchen and bathroom especially are likely to be quite basic. The interior design will be similar in style to a Swedish sauna. Heating may involve a wood-burning stove, so you'll have to source firewood and keep the fire stoked. On the plus side, the rents are quite cheap.

The children make their own way to the nearest school and back by bus.

Sion is the capital of Wallis/Valais. It's French speaking. It's of course bigger than Brig or Visp and has more shops etc. There's also more variety to activities in the surrounding area.

Sierre is also bigger than either Brig or Visp, it's French speaking but Sion is livelier.

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Well the elementary school is called Primarschule Sepp Blatter... which I find awkward... schools (especially elementary ones) usually don't get named But apparently the former FIFA President went there and he turned out fine
Apparently, the school was adorned with the name by the then janitor and one of his teacher friends. The council subsequently issued a permit to allow the name to stay. There was a petition to change the name of the old school house https://www.petitionfree.com/de_CH/p...-in-visp/10228 which, unfortunately, didn't go anywhere. But who knows, some other kind soul might find the time to have the stain erased.

There are a number of schools in Visp. The Sepp Blatter school house isn't used much these days, so no one should be discriminated against via their cv. Lots of people were educated at the Sepp Blatter school house and turned out ok.
https://www.vispschulen.ch/about/

Having said that, I wouldn't be sorry to see it go, together with Sepp Blatter himself.

If I was a newcomer to Wallis, working in Visp, with children, unable to speak either German or French, I'd rent an apartment in Visp. My partner and/or I would be able to walk to work, the children could make their own way to school and back on foot, and shopping for dinner could be done on the way home.

It has great public transport links, being on the train line between Geneva airport and Milan. Bern, Basel and Zurich are also easy to get to by train. This is also true for Brig. It takes about an hour to get to Zermatt or Saas-Fee by train, if outdoor sports is your thing. There are also many other, much smaller and cheaper resorts nearby.

I'd then spend the family's free time exploring the local countryside, deciding on what matters most to us and how we'd best tackle all the logistics, and then make the decision to move to somewhere better suited.
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