Rossiniere nature & 500 people

October 4, 2010 in SWITZERLAND | Comments (4)

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View from road past the church

Medieval church

Hotel de Ville with bell tower in background

The village, which has only 500 inhabitants, is friendly.  If you happen to meet someone on its steep and peaceful streets, Bonjour is the word. They are proud of their village, which has a number of old buildings with history. Top of the list of attractions is the Grand chalet renovated by the French artist Balthus (Count Balthazar). Then there is the medieval church dating back to 1316 and the clock tower. The tower looks charming – but was in fact a PRISON in the AUSTERE old days. The Hotel de Ville is another part of Rossiniere’s history, now a charming family hotel, renovated last year.

From Rossiniere you are a few stops on the Golden Pass panoramic train to Gstaad for the high life. The main activity here is walking – fabulous walks along the valley, round the lake, or high up among forest, pastures and cows. A 2-hour walk takes you to Château d’Oux, from where you can return on the Golden Pass train. On these alpine slopes wild life abounds. As the owner of small poodles, Libby my host experienced the scary side of that … her little toy poodle was attacked by a wild boar. The tiny dog had a huge wound, which fortunately healed.

Charming Girardet chalet on the slopes of Rossiniere

View from chalet