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Chef Klaus Leuenberger: The Same Kind of Cooking, but Better

Klaus Leuenberger, formerly chef at the Restaurant St Georg on the Dorfplatz, has taken over the helm at the ErnerGarten in the village’s all-new Generationshaus. I asked...

The Whispering of Wood − Ernen’s Precious Legacy

Wood, if you stop to think of it, has been man’s best friend in the world. It held him in his cradle, went to war as the gunstock in his hand, was the frame of the bed...

Baroque at its Best: A Seasoned Configuration does Ernen Proud

Wrapped in white tarps and heavily scaffolded, Ernen’s lovely parish church St. Georg might easily be mistaken today for a Christo intervention, and entitled something...

Jules and Yolanda Wyden: Tales of old Ernen and a Story of Bells

It wasn’t easy to find the doorbell. Fact is, there wasn’t a doorbell. I had called to ask if a visit was in order at all: I’d been encouraged to go, but I...

The Gommerstuba in Niederernen – Landmark of fine French cuisine

Lars Dederscheck, chef at the Gommerstuba in Niederernen, took time off to talk about the fine establishment where his classic French cooking is king. You took over here...

Heiligkreuz: Scenic Hike, Pilgrimage Chapel, and Warm Hospitality

Yesterday, my daughter Hallie and I took the local bus up the valley to start a short hike from Binn out to Heiligkreuz, the site of a popular pilgrimage chapel, and home to...

Celebrating Ten Years of the Zauberwald: Magic for all Ages

With the forest floor covered in a thick carpet of evergreen needles, “the patter of little feet” may have been harder to hear in the Zauberwald (Magic Forest) on 16 July...

Bee-yard in the Binntal: A Newly-launched Landschaftspark Project

A year ago, Peter Clausen kindly spoke with me about his Gemeinschaftsgarten project, the Ernen village community garden that I covered in this blog (click here to read the...

A “Heidenhaus” in Mühlebach: One Family’s Treasure Chest

Don’t you meet people under the strangest of circumstances? Last Saturday, I took part in a moonlit-walk between Ernen and Mühlebach that ended at “Amy’s...

Whoever writes gives life: A Seminar in Biography

This week in mid-July marks a red-letter event in Ernen’s literary summer: the annual one-week “Biography” seminar conducted by the renowned German psychologist...

Ewald Gorsatt: Mineral Spotter with a Mission

The Gorsatt family enjoys a long history in the Binn Valley (“Binntal”), and Ewald Gorsatt kindly spoke to me this week about the passionate hobby he turned into...

Dynamite and fairy dust: Cédric Tiberghien’s Chopin and Liszt

July 9 marked the launch of this summer’s first “Piano” festival week at the Musikdorf Ernen, and the superb French pianist Cédric Tiberghien was the...

Zur frohen Aussicht: Art Installations that Play on the theme of “Home”

The seven promising young artists chosen to show work in the village-wide summer exhibition “Zur frohen Aussicht” (“To the Happy View”) came to Ernen...

A Scenic Trip up to Ernen

Brilliant weather, hiking boots packed, two mountain passes ahead; the constellation bode well for my trip from the flatlands up to Ernen. Coming from the area around Baden,...

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...