Naters Travel Guide

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Naters Things to Do

  • Beinhaus - The Ossuary

    The ossuary by the church is the most remarkable sight of Naters. It was built in 1514 to serve as a burial place for the bones from older graves which were opened and abandoned because the little churchyard was too small. Upstairs there is a chapel dedicated to St Anna (which was closed). A large opening under the double stairs allows a look into...

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  • The Dragon on the Steeple

    The wrought-iron figure of a winged dragon is attached to the steeple of the church. The dragon wears a crown, which makes it look heraldic, and a gilded collar. An inscription at the bottom dates it to 1938. I was wondering, how come a dragon figure has been put up to ornate the church steeple?Some reading brought up that the winged dragon is...

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  • Parish Church

    The oldest part of the village church is its Romanesque steeple. The pointed spire is an addition from the late middle ages. The nave was enlarged in the 17th century. The parish church is dedicated to St Mauritius. The remarkable main altar in the choir and two of the four side altars derive from the late Renaissance, the other two were added in...

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  • The Way of the Cross

    The Way of the Cross starts at the hillside edge of the cemetery. A small path dotted with the 14 station chapels zigzags up the very steep slope. Thanks to the many curves it is not too hard to walk, though. Most of the path is in the shade under trees. The Way of the Cross ends at a tiny chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The artistic value of...

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  • The Cemetery

    The cemetery of the village has a beautiful location on a slope above the centre by the edge of the forest. It consists of two terraces; from the wall of the upper terrace you have a panoramic view of the village, the valley with the city of Brig and the snowcapped peaks of the Simplon massif in the background. Many graves tell about the people who...

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  • Junkerhof

    The name "Junkerhof" indicates that the owner was a nobleman but the origins of this name are unknown. It is a "solid house", i. e. a house with some fortificatory elements. The building dates from the late middle ages. The back wing and the staircase tower were added in the 17th century. Originally it was built from timer, later on all the walls...

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  • The Fortress and Swiss Guard Museum

    Attentive observers will spot a painting of the facade of St Peters Cathedral in Rome on the steep rock above the village. How come? No other village or town in Switzerland is home to more members of the Swiss Guard than Naters. In 120 years 80 young men from Naters have serviced the Vatican. When a museum about the Swiss Guard was to be installed...

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  • The Ancient Linden Tree

    This venerable old tree used to be the place where meetings were held, private and public matters negotiated and court trials held. No one knows how old the tree really is. Its first mentioning dates from the mid 14th century and already then it was described as "big". The trunk is completely hollow but its branches are blooming and form a green...

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  • Ornavasso Tower

    The stone tower was built in the 13th century by a noble family from Ornavasso in the Aosta region. By marriage these had obtained the Vizedominat, i.e. they were the local administrators and worldly representatives of the bishop. In later times the tower served for collection the peasants' taxes and as arsenal. In the 19th century it was to be...

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  • The Parsonage

    The parsonage is one of the oldest houses in Naters. The left part with its stone walls consists of a tower house dating from the 12th century. In the 15th century it was enlarged. The new part was built from timber on a stone basement. This newer part later received stone walls, too. The view from the southern side is the most impressive. It looks...

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  • Supersaxo house

    There was a family with the family name "Supersaxo" in Naters. The house is named after them and dates back to 1597. The interesting bit is that it is covered in small wooden chips so called “Schindeln” ie shingles.

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  • Junkerhof

    This orginally wooden house is from the 14th century. It received today’s form in the 17th century. Today it houses the town’s civil offices.

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  • Church tower

    It was originally built in the 12th century in romanic style. The gothic style turret was added in 1514.

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  • Toten Platte

    Toten Platte means death plate. Unfortunately, I haven’t found any information on this stone which dates from 1685.

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  • Alte Linde (Old Linden tree)

    This tree is over 600 years old and was first mentioned in the chronicals in 1375. In the old days the court of justice was held underneath it and in the middle ages the pillory was next to it. A stone foundation still shows the spot. The amazing thing is that the convicts were killed next to the church. The tree trunk is hollow.

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  • Waldenhaus

    This building dates back to the end of the 16th century. It was bought in 1653 and was then heavily renovated. Further additions and renovations make it to what it is today. It’s located next to the Beinhaus.

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  • Church (Pfarrkirche)

    The “Pfarrkirche” was built from 1659 till 1664 by the Bodmer brothers. It was consecrated in 1675 and is protected by the holy Mauritius. The main altar is from 1667 by Hans Studer. The baroque altar on the right is from 1683 by an Italian sculptor. There are three more altars.

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  • Beinhaus (bone house)

    In the Beinhaus that looks from outside like a chapel, there are sculls and bones from 30’000 people. You can look through the window with the metal bars on the side.Inside there are three statues and above them is the text: Was ihr seid, das waren wir. Was wir sind, das werdet ihr. In English the saying is: What you are, that we have been. What we...

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Naters Hotels

  • Hotel Touring

    Furkastrasse 16, Naters, VS, 3904, CH

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Naters Restaurants

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    by yumyum Updated Jul 20, 2014

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    I first visited this restaurant's outdoor terrace in July 2007 with VTer MATIM and her husband. In June 2014 I revisited with them and VTer tripack.

    We were having drinks and I had a Cassata ice cream.

    Caf�� Belalp, Naters Ilse (Matim) and myself Caf��-Restaurant Belalp

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Naters Transportation

  • Little choo choo tourist train

    There is this little blue tourist type train that runs on the street. It runs in the warm season and takes you by the main sights in Brig and Naters.In Naters it will take you past the "Beinhaus" ie the scull house next to the church.In Naters you will find the time table at the Marktplatz stop.updated June 2014

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  • Walk over from Brig

    Naters is the next-door neighbour of Brig, located on the opposite bank of the river Rhône/Rotten. You can easily walk over across the bridge behind the train station, all the way on flat ground. From the centre of Brig it takes about 15 minutes to reach the old village centre of Naters, from the train station mere 10 minutes. There are buses, both...

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Naters Local Customs

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    by Kathrin_E Written Jun 10, 2012

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    No idea how long these will stay on display, but I found them so cute and funny that I want to present them to you.

    A local shoe and bags shop in Belalpstraße has invited children to join a competition in designing shoes. The results are on display in the shop window. These look like plaster models, not real shoes. The children have selected themes and painted them with admirable imagination. There is a hippie shoe, a shark shoe, a thunderstorm shoe, a crocodile shoe, a military shoe in camouflage look, soccer shoes, evening shoes... The clown shoe is my personal winner!

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Naters Favorites

  • Old wooden houses

    In the old part of Naters you will find many old wooden houses. Some are store houses and others are still inhabited by locals.photos updated July 2014

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  • Photo Tip: Collect Details

    Of course the street views in old Naters provide lots of great pictures, but to catch the spirit of the place I recommend looking at the small things, too. Note the details of the houses: windows and their blinds, doors, woodcarved ornaments, flower pots, crooked ladders, street lanterns, technical details of the construction. Even the grain of the...

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  • The Typical Valais Barns

    The typical wooden barns can be found everywhere in the mountain villages of the Valais. Their basement is built from stone and serves as stable or cellar. The upper part with the actual storage room is built from wood. The barns are standing on little "legs", short wooden poles that carry a big flat stone. This construction protects the wooden...

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