This mountain village is well worth a detour because of the historic houses that bear witness to its former commercial success. The “Tell House” is decorated with William Tell frescos depicting the famous apple-shooting scene, said to be the oldest in Switzerland. Ernen was awarded the Wakker Prize in 1979 and is now best known as a “music village”. The Musikdorf Ernen Society organises a classical music festival each year in the richly decorated baroque church, with a deliberate emphasis on lesser-known works.
Another place worth visiting is the neighbouring village of Mühlebach, which features Switzerland's oldest compact village centre constructed in wood. There are also many beautiful spots and small chapels to discover in Ausserbinn and Steinhaus. The “Magic Forest” (between Ernen and Ausserbinn) invites families with children from 3 to 10 to participate in creative games with natural materials at around 20 stations.
Lovers of classical music will know "Ernen Musikdorf" (music village) with its writing seminar under the direction of Donna Leon, its baroque, piano and organ weeks and the Festival der Zukunft (festival of the future) presenting international musicians. Enjoy together with us the symphony of the four seasons in our holiday region. Golden opportunities in spring, setting the tone in summer, colourful in fall and magical in winter.
In the winter skiing and snowboarding prevail in the Aletsch region. Of course you may also explore the snow covered area on foot, with snowshoes or cross-country skis.
- Musikdorf Ernen – classical concerts with international musicians (July and August).