Albinen is a municipality in the district of Leuk in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. Albinen is first mentioned in 1224 as Albignun. Later, it was known as Albinnon or by its french name Arbignon. Albinen has an area, as of 2009, of 15.5 square kilometers (6.0 sq mi). Of this area, 7.19 km2 (2.78 sq mi) or 46.4% is used for agricultural purposes, while 6.11 km2 (2.36 sq mi) or 39.5% is forested.
The local business is mainly depending from the tourism. Albinen profits from its calm and sunny location but still offers, being situated in the middle of the tourist region “Valais”, good connections to some of the most famous stations in the Swiss Alps (Zermatt
, Saas-Fee, Montana, Verbier
) and the alpine resort Leukerbad at arms length.
A regular bus service connects the town with the local main town Leuk (approx. 20 min. / access to the Swiss Train Network) and the alpine resort Leukerbad (approx. 15 min.) with its hot water pools.
Albinen Tourism maintains an extensive hiking network that offers tracks of different lengths and difficulties. A highlight is the “Albinenleitern” - a couple of ladders leading over a rock face. In former times this was the main connection between Albinen and Leukerbad.