Nendaz, the Capital of the Alphorn

Nendaz

Haute Nendaz: Nendaz (Siviez) - Novelli

Haute Nendaz: Nendaz (Siviez) - Novelli

Haute Nendaz: Nendaz - Lac de Tracouet

Haute Nendaz: Nendaz - Lac de Tracouet

Haute Nendaz: Nendaz - Combatseline

Haute Nendaz: Nendaz - Combatseline

Haute Nendaz: Nendaz - Plan du Fou

Haute Nendaz: Nendaz - Plan du Fou

Haute Nendaz: Nendaz - Alpage

Haute Nendaz: Nendaz - Alpage

Haute Nendaz: Nendaz - Tracouet

Haute Nendaz: Nendaz - Tracouet

Haute Nendaz: Nendaz - Mont-Fort

Haute Nendaz: Nendaz - Mont-Fort

Haute Nendaz: Itinéraire Plan du fou

Haute Nendaz: Itinéraire Plan du fou

This alpine instrument has ruled our region for a long time.

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Each summer, the enchanting Nendaz provides the stage for the International Alphorn Festival and welcomes more than 100 participants of different nationalities. Alphorn initiation courses and visits to alphorn makers are organized regularly.

On the spacious meadow high above Nendaz, 150 men and women stand in a circle, each holding an alphorn: the tension is palpable. A bell rings, and the air is filled with sounds from another century. This extraordinary performance is the highlight of the International Alphorn Festival that takes place over three days each summer in this village high above the Rhone valley, framed by some of the Alps’ highest peaks. Throughout the year, too, this hauntingly beautiful instrument features prominently in the life of Nendaz, offering a chance to try it yourself – at lessons or in week-long courses, from beginner level upwards. You’ll discover that the sound you make depends on the alphorn’s material, thickness and shape, and of course the way you work your lips: the greater the tension, the higher the tone.

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