The old village centre of Naters has many historic and valuable buildings. Among the oldest are the Catholic parish church of St. Mauritius with its steeple, the parish house, the charnel house and the Ornavasso tower. The Schloss auf der Flüe and the Totenplatte are also among the most popular sights in Naters.
What is a Totenplatte?
It was used to prepare for funerals. Until the beginning of the 20th century, the inhabitants of the remote hamlets around Naters still brought their dead to the village without a coffin. Only at the slab for the dead were the deceased placed in the coffin, bade farewell and then taken to the cemetery.
The Castle on the Flüe
The castle with the fortress complex was built in the 12th century and was the seat of various noble families in the Upper Valais. The current name "Bishop's Castle" comes from the bishop in Sion at the time. For centuries, renovations were carried out on the castle under various bishops, but the decay could not be stopped. In 1981, the municipality of Naters acquired the ruins and tried to save what could still be saved by carrying out the necessary maintenance work.
Visitors have the opportunity to discover Naters on their own or to immerse themselves in the exciting stories of Naters on a guided tour of the village with a Naters cultural guide.