Die Belalp Hexenabfahrt
Every year in January, the Blatten-Belalp region is shaken by piercing screams and horrible cackling. The picturesque vacation region on the Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch UNESCO World Heritage Site is then firmly in the hands of witches. The fastest racers complete the 12-kilometer course from Hohstock at 3118 meters above sea level down to Blatten at 1322 meters in an adventurous 10 minutes. The witch groups take it more leisurely. With green heads, crooked noses and loud shrieks the witches fly on their brooms towards the valley. In between they put their brooms in the powder snow and treat the spectators with food and drink from their backpacks. Quite a few groups do not arrive at the finish line in full numbers, because every now and then witches get lost on the white, snow-covered slopes of Belalp, or else they can't stop marveling at the unique panorama.
The 40th edition of the Belalp Hexe from 8 - 15 January 2022 had to be cancelled due to the Corona pandemic.