The History of the Ossuary

Beinhaus Naters

Beinhaus Naters

Every region has its history. And no one gives a more lively picture of this story, than people with roots. Holidays become more exciting, when you can meet these locals, learn about their history and hear their stories.
The former teacher and violinist Leo Eggel, who is 90 years old today, guided people through the narrow alleys of Naters for a long time. And he would tell them about the old days and deeds. Andreas Gretschen – he too, is already 80 years old – took over the task of guiding visitors through the village from his brother in law Leo. In his younger days, Andreas Gretchen renovated the precious choir stalls of the village church in Naters. The horned Moses as well. He also helped to raise the tomb slab in the choir room, underneath which the priests from Naters rest, who deceased in service. What Andreas Gertschen saw in those days, when another coffin lid was raised, he’d rather tell you in person. Just like the history of the Ossuary with its 30’000 skulls, the shapes of which are supposed to reveal to an expert eye, which family the deceased were from. Or the history of the Judengasse Alley, on which not only the people from Visperterminen, but also Johann Wolfgang von Goethe would rush towards the village square.
Reserve a tour with Andreas Gretchen through us. You will not forget this trip that fast.
Reservations through  Blatten – Belalp Tourism at +41 (0)27 921 60 40, or tourismus@belalp.ch

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