The village of Ernen was approx 30 - 40 minute walk from Fiesch - we could see its church easily at the back of our hotel base but the river was in-between and meant a longer walk around to cross the torrent. Ernen is famous for its classical music festival during the summer and for its architecture - in 1979, Ernen was awarded the Wakker Prize for the preservation of its architectural heritage. The paintings of William Tell on the Tell House are reputed to be the old paintings of this type in Switzerland. Ernen also still has three white gallows outside of the village. Even though nobody was hung in recent times, the locals still look at it as a means to frighten off burglars, thieves and crooks.
Just a couple of train stops from Fiesch in the Oberwald direction is the little station of Furgangen - not much her in itself but the train co-incides with the operation of a small gondola that goes up to the village of Bellwald. Bellwald is the highest village in Goms, or the upper Rhône River valley at 1'600m above sea level. and provides a pleasant place to start many walks or simply stroll around the fascinating old barns *so close they almost touch each other) and have a strudel or cake in a restaurant. Even more amusing is the name the inhabitants have been given - "Hase", which in German means "bunny". The legend has it that the inhabitants got this name because of their speed while doing what bunnies do naturally, which was despised in most of the Rhone Valley. Locals attribute their urge to "get things done" to the thin air!" We enjoyed this village our first full day in Fiesch as the higher mountain tops had a cloud covering. Back down at Furgangen we walked down to the river, up the other side of the river ravine and onto the village of Ernen - a very pleasant walk between villages.
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