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Simplon Valley - Impressive Trade Route

Simplon Valley - Impressive Trade Route

Simplon connects Brig in Valais with Domodossola in northern Italy. The Simplon region offers hikers a fantastic mountain panorama and an impressive Alpine flora. The hospice is still led today by the monks of St. Bernhard.more

Trient Ravine - Impressive Water Landscape

Trient Ravine - Impressive Water...

Trient Ravine was carved into the rock of the Mont Blanc massif by the eponymous wild mountain stream. The 200 meter deep ravine is fascinating for...more

The very middle of Switzerland

The very middle...

Where is the middle of Switzerland? The Federal Office for National...more

Living heritage: patois, carnival and national dress

Living heritage:...

The dialect in the Val d'Hérens is particularly strong. On high days and...more

Simplon Valley - Impressive Trade Route

Simplon connects Brig in Valais with Domodossola in northern Italy. The Simplon region offers hikers a fantastic mountain panorama and an impressive Alpine flora. The hospice is still led today by the monks of St. Bernhard.

Simplon connects Brig in Valais with Domodossola in northern Italy. The Simplon region offers hikers a fantastic mountain panorama and an impressive Alpine flora. The hospice is still led today by the monks of St. Bernhard.

Trient Ravine - Impressive Water Landscape

Trient Ravine was carved into the rock of the Mont Blanc massif by the eponymous wild mountain stream. The 200 meter deep ravine is fascinating for climbers and nature lovers. A 114 meter high waterfall makes the experience all the more interesting.

Trient Ravine was carved into the rock of the Mont Blanc massif by the eponymous wild mountain stream. The 200 meter deep ravine is fascinating for climbers and nature lovers. A 114 meter high waterfall makes the experience all the more interesting.

The very middle of Switzerland

Where is the middle of Switzerland? The Federal Office for National Topography, swisstopo, used the digitised Swiss national boundaries to calculate the centre of gravity (mid point) of the country. It is near to the Alp Älggi in the Kleine Melchtal in Obwalden.

Do you know exactly where the very middle of Switzerland is? Near to a pretty little alp in the Kleine Melchtal, Obwalden canton.

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.