In Raron, you can experience Valais culture along the old lanes and at the annual cow fights near the village.
Raron was once the home of a powerful noble family, and traces of aristocratic rule can still be found in this peaceful village on the Rhone. The local architect Ulrich Ruffiner converted the castle ruins into the famous St. Romanus castle church in the 15th century. The church still sits majestically on top of the rock that towers above the village. The poet Rainer Maria Rilke was also enchanted by this special place. The St. Michael “Felsenkirche” is the largest church in Europe to be built entirely inside a rock face. The two structures therefore form an impressive contrast between ancient and modern architecture.
Situated at the foot of the Bietsch valley, the municipality of Raron is part of the Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch UNESCO World Heritage Site. The colourful vineyards and wild Bietsch valley are among the scenic highlights in the region. The cultural trail to Ausserberg runs alongside drystone walls and offers insights into the wildlife and distinctive building styles on this sunny slope.
Castle church with Rilke’s grave – A place of historic importance and a wonderful excursion destination, offering views over the Rhone valley.
“Felsenkirche” rock church – A modern building created entirely inside a rock face.
Cow fights – In Goler near Raron. The strongest Eringer cows are chosen here each year.
Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch UNESCO World Heritage Site – Raron is the gateway to the wild and romantic Bietsch valley.
Cutlural trail – Leads from Raron to Ausserberg via St. German, with cultural attractions along the way.