If you have followed our adventures so far, you would know that we are ardent dog lovers. We could not contain our excitement when we heard about Foundation Barry, a museum devoted to the national dog of Switzerland-
St Bernard’s, in Martigny.
The barry foundation is named after the legendary avalanche dog “Barry”. They have an exemplary team of dog keepers, vets and specialists to ensure the upkeep of this breed. The activities here include group hiking tours with St.B’s, feeding them and ofcourse playing with them.
How to Book
It is advisable to book the activity in advance as they only allow limited visitors. You can mail them to check availability and confirm your slot.
Martigny is a tiny town and there isn’t much to do here. It is ideal to schedule a morning walk and hop onto the train to your next destination the very same day.
Cost for walk- CHF 30/ $ 32 per person
How to get here
We took a train from Geneva and it took us 2 hours to get here. One thing about Switzerland that you need to keep in mind is that everything shuts down quite early, specially in the country side. When I say early, I mean 3- 4PM. By the time we were done with our walk, it was too late as per swiss standard time. With nothing to do and no trains leaving to our next destination, we had to stay in Martigny the night.
Musee Et Chiens Fondation St. Bernard
Only a 5 minute cab ride from Martigny Railway Station, this museum excited us like none other. A lively museum devoted to St Bernard’s coupled with fun activities with these dogs- our tailor-made heaven! Being the dog lovers that we are, we detest cages and the general environment in which these dogs usually have to live in. But thats just not how it is in here. These champs do not live in cages, but in miniature doggie apartments with proper beds and even a balcony. It is so well maintained that we wouldn’t mind shacking up with them for a day or two and save up on those exorbitant hotel tariffs..Switzerland sure brings out the cheap-skate in us so beautifully!
The fun activities include a hike to the nearby hills with the St.B’s in tow. You get one dog per couple/group and a keeper leads the way. The walk takes about 45 minutes and ends with a fun photo session with the entire pack. The museum in itself includes a cafe/restaurant, souvenir shop and a display of the history of St. B’s. This is a fun activity for children and adults alike.