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Swiss villages Muhlebach and Ernen are a breath of fresh mountain air

The Swiss know a thing or two about moving up, down, through and around mountains, and I have to trust that their expertise includes modern bridge construction. But for 280m,...

«There is no RIGHT in reading a book!»

Eine Woche mit Donna Leon und Judith Flanders – Literaturseminar im Festival Musikdorf Ernen «There is no RIGHT in reading a book!» (Donna Leon) Im Literatu...

Bergland: A Commitment to Quality and Good Health

In Ernen, the "Bergland" is something of an institution. Most visitors to the village saunter at one time or another past the shop marked "Waren aller Art",...

A Concert Marked by Silence, Punch, and Fiber

The 2 August concert in the church in Ernen was a startling combination of old and new. The broad swathe of genres ranged from a shimmering Mozart to a pulsing sound landscape...

Leander Locher’s Artistry: Imagination in Abundance

While by profession, Leander Locher has been a social worker for many years; he had already begun painting − watercolor, acrylic, and mixed technique − as early...

In Tones of Sensitive Elegance: Xenia Jankovic

Xenia Jankovic has been what’s called a Bestandteil at the Musikdorf Ernen summer festival for many years. I hate to call her a “permanent fixture” inasmuch...

Restoring an Age-Old Ernen House

Diana Pavlicek has long had a passion for historic architecture, and the stories that buildings tell of the people who once lived and worked in them. While curator of a major...

“Dear valued guest…”

The weather being as beautiful as it was, the hiking trail called again. I started out from Ernen in the early morning on the “Upper Suspension Bridge” trail, an...

A Magical Place Apart

Travelled even in prehistoric times, the Twingi gorge runs along the length of the Binntal and gives access to the Albrun pass, which became a key alpine transit axis for trade....

A New Site for Urban Gardening

What is a group of first and second graders doing with a scarecrow at the edge of an Ernen garden? The story actually begins in the city, when Ernen’s own Peter Clausen...

Clean Lines, Good Light

The Many Delights of the New Chäserstatt “It’s that place way up there…where the last spot of sun is still shining,” my hostess pointed out...

Interview with Ada Pesch

Damn the Busses, Full Speed Ahead American-born Ada Pesch is Artistic Director of the Baroque festival at Musikdorf Ernen, which she founded here in 2004. Musical ambition...

Cross-over Jazz: The Charl du Plessis Trio

As luck would have it this morning, I ran into pianist Charl du Plessis on the lovely Dorfplatz, the central square in Ernen that’s more or less the aorta of the village....

Three fine authors read in “Queerlesen”

Returning to the beautiful town of Ernen for a fourth time this summer, I left high temperatures behind in the lowlands, happy to be getting into cooler mountain air. But it...

Trusera Waters and Muehlebach Wurst

Cited for the first time in the 15th century, the Trusera brought water for centuries from the Milibach in the Rappen valley to irrigate land at lower altitudes. In recent decades...

An Interview with the Intendant

Francesco Walter, the energetic artistic director of the Musikdorf Ernen project, recently spoke about how he came to his job, and what makes this small village in the Walliser...

The Baroque Weeks Begin!

Ada Pesch, concertmaster for the Philharmonia Zürich, is usually at work at the conductor’s left in the opera house. But for this “Baroque” week in Ernen,...

The Art of Casual Hiking: Furgge to Binn

The Ernen Tourist Office advertisement for a Wanderbus (hiking bus) caught my eye a week ago. On Thursdays and Sundays, there were pick-up points that meant leaving the driving...

Using Nature’s Offer: From Sheep to Woven Fabric

Margrit Zimmermann and Amanda Imhof – two determined women native to the Binntal − have recently joined forces to design a new project: “From Sheep’s...

Ernen takes the Doron Prize: An interview with Anton Clausen

The interview below first appeared (in German) in the May 2015 edition of Landschaftspark Binntal’s “Park Infos.” President of the Musikdorf Ernen Association...

Gastronomy: Both the Simple and Supreme

When my daughter and her husband visited me in Ernen, we took time to test culinary waters in the immediate area. The two of them are savvy “foodies,” always looking...

Chi Ho Han Takes on Musical Alps

No question, young Korean pianist Chi Ho Han tackled a repertoire that was highly challenging. While a skeptic might call his choice “the brash courage of youth,”...

The Boots are made for Walkin’

There isn’t much like the Binn valley for a full day of hiking, whether you're a seasoned mountaineer or a newcomer to the steady rhythm of the sport. Today’s...

A Certain Caliber of Music, and of Light

With the bench already occupied, two young couples simply waited for the start of the concert on the freshly-cut grass next to the church. Both men lay on their backs with a...

What Village are We, Anyway?

The picturesque village of Ernen in the Swiss canton of Wallis is perched like a promise on the lowermost flank of the Binn Valley, some two hours from Berne. Once the main...