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Nature Park Necker Valley

The Nature Park Necker Valley is located in the heart of Eastern Switzerland and covers over 100 square kilometers. The romantic wild Necker River, which passes by numerous natural, cultural and historic treasures, flows right through the middle of the park.

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Belalp-Riederalp suspended bridge

The connection between Belalp and Riederalp. For many decades, the Belalp – Riederalp trail passed only over the Aletsch glacier. Even small livestock was taken across to the other side of the glacier in this way. Metal ladders were later required on account of the shrinkage of the glacier, and today a suspended bridge crosses the ice-free gorge. Walking time 4.5h.

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Living heritage: patois, carnival and national dress

The dialect in the Val d'Hérens is particularly strong. On high days and holidays, people wear traditional costume with bright head-squares and aprons made of velvet and silk. On 6 January, bells ring in the start of Carnival; the "Carnaval d'Hérens" is famous for its "Peluches" (wooden masks) with cat, fox and wolf faces. The people wearing the masks mingle with the spectators and play all kinds of pranks.

Living heritage: patois, carnival and national dress
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Schnapps Theatre

In Europe's first Schnapps Theatre one can hear "red hot" stories about the production and consumption of pure single-variety schnapps. Ruedi Käser stages unforgettable, fruity experiences with freshly picked fruit and berries from his own farm. During the meal schnapps is distilled on the spot. Under his direction, more than 130 spirits play leading roles in vying for the public's favour.

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