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Cultural landscape – a witness of the past!

Over time people have transformed and placed their stamp on the landscape. They cleared forests, cultivated the soil, built settlements and roads. The cultural landscape that resulted in this process bears witness to a rich past and the hard work of many generations.

The Albrun Pass, which lies at the very back of the valley of Binntal, has been a frequently used pass road since time immemorial. Celtic settlements and tombs have been found near Schmidigehischere in Binn and tracks of the old Roman road of the Twingi Gorge between Ausserbinn and Binn can still bee seen today.

Lynchets, hay meadows, alpine pastures, paths, suonen, dry-stone walls, stables, barns and alpine cabins shape the traditional cultural landscape and bear witness to the diligence and hard work of past generations. Much of this has been preserved in the villages of the landscape park. Fields, meadows and pastures are still cultivated, though often under the most adverse circumstances.

The settlements with their dark houses made of sun-kissed larch wood have mostly remained intact, too. Unlike other regions in Valais, there are very few architectural sins in the landscape park. The village centres of Mühlebach, Ernen and Grengiols and the hamlets of Weiler, Schmidigehischere, Wilere and Fäld in Binn are so beautiful and well preserved that they were incorporated into the Federal Inventory of Objects of National Importance (ISOS).

The present generation is obliged to preserve as much of the cultural heritage as possible and to pass it on to future generations. The preservation and the sustainable use of the diverse, aesthetically appealing cultural landscape are thus also very important tasks of the Binntal Landscape Park.