The Binn Valley

The Binn Valley is one of the most intact valleys in the whole alpine range. In 1964, the Community declared the largest part of the valley a natural reserve, and thus set the course for a sustainable development. The “Protection Contract Binn Valley” was concluded with the organisation Pro Natura and the Swiss Alpine Club for the duration of one hundred years.

All over the world the Binn valley is well known for its mineral riches. In no other alpine region can so many different kinds of minerals be found. Among them are more than 20 which are found nowhere else in the world. Most of these were brought to light in the Lengenbach mineral mine. These are special minerals found only in Dolomite rock strata.

Not only for its minerals, but also for its flora, is the Binn Valley called “valley of the hidden treasures”.Botanical rarities tempt numbers of specialists to the valley every year. The other visitors enjoy the flower-covered meadows.

With a bit of luck, one can also catch sight of the best known of the wild alpine animals such as chamois, ibex and red deer, as well as the eagle, the king of the air.

There have been settlements in the Binn valley for several thousand years. In prehistoric and early times, the Albrun was one of the most important passes crossing from the Valais to the plains of the river Po. Many grave discoveries from Celtic and Roman times confirm the early settlement of the valley. The ornaments and weapons found can be viewed in the Regional Museum right next to the Hotel Ofenhorn.

Wilere, with the parish church of St. Michael, the village of Schmidigehischere with its arched bridge, and the Hotel Ofenhorn are classified as places of national importance. The same applies to the hamlet “Fäld” (Imfeld), one of the most intact sites ever. The people of Binn and the authorities have for decades endeavoured to preserve this cultural inheritance.

A part of this inheritance is the work of the farmers, without which the fresh green of the meadows and pastures would disappear from the landscape. The work over hundreds of years of the mountain farming families has created and marked this cultural landscape, and this is appreciated by both our guests and the local inhabitants.

The Landscape Park Binn Valley is a project to create a regional nature park of national importance. The people of Binn, together with neighbouring communities, wish to preserve and sustain usefully their rich natural and cultural inheritance.



Hotel Ofenhorn
Ufem Acher 1, CH-3996 Binn
Telephone +41 27 971 45 45

Regula Hüppi and team

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