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Nature as a source of culture & tradition

Not everything in the Aletsch Arena revolves exclusively around the unique natural landscape. In fact, this extraordinary area has always had plenty of space for culture, custom and tradition – and is often artistically inspiring.

The broad variety of options and facilities in Riederalp, Bettmeralp and Fiesch-Eggishorn, with exhibitions, museums and a wide range of events, is an indication of the living culture and strongly-maintained tradition in the most liberating nature experience of the Alps.

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legends - mystical stories

They were often passed down orally over generations. But the legends that have sprung up around the Aletsch Arena have lost none of their fascination. The stories and tales surrounding the Valaisan legends are sometimes eerie, sometimes beautiful. And whether they are wild or mysterious - they all cast a spell over you!

The "eternal" ice of the Great Aletsch Glacier, mystical glacial lakes or the centuries-old Swiss stone pines in the Aletsch Forest have always captured the imagination. Exciting, beautiful or even eerie tales of legends have been created that are still gladly told. And even today, the Aletsch Arena still provides material for legends.

Rollibock

legendary figure

The mythical Rollibock, who lives somewhere in the ice of the Great Aletsch Glacier, is a wild, ferocious-looking beast. Yet he loves nature and has a strong sense of justice.

He loves the stillness and solitude of the magnificent mountain arena, which he has sworn to protect. However, legend has it that the Rollibock can also get very nasty if anyone deliberately harms the countryside or the animals that live there.

Nowadays, the Rollibock is no longer seen as fearsome. In fact, he has a whole lot of friends in the Aletsch Arena: there is a Rollibock Club and a wide range of events are held in his honour.

 

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