Walsertreffen, the great gathering of Walser

walsertreffen

Every three years a great gathering (Walsertreffen) of all the Walser people of the Alps take place in one of the Walser colonies. This ideally represents  the culture, the architecture and the environment to renew their secular membership. The impetus first came from the various, exciting initiatives of the Baroness Tita von Oetinger, who organized the first international Walser conferences in Saas Fee and Davos, which prompted the founding of the International Walser Vereiningung. In addition to provide the first organisational body for consultation and communication for all the communities, the Vereinigung also provided the fertile climate from which sprang Walsertreffen.

The ideal legacy of the Baroness was to plan and promote the union among all the Walser in a strong defence of the common language. Today the Treffens enhance costumes and folklore of a tradition that has been preserved over the centuries and is constantly being enriched with new contributions over the years.

I Walsertreffen:

  • 1962 Saas Fee
  • 1965 Triesenberg
  • 1968 Gressoney
  • 1971 Klosters
  • 1974 Brand
  • 1977 Brig
  • 1980 Triesenberg
  • 1983 Alagna
  • 1986 Mittelberg
  • 1989 Davos
  • 1992 Saas Fee
  • 1995 Lech
  • 1998 Gressoney
  • 2001 Brig
  • 2004 Galtur
  • 2007 Alagna
  • 2010 Triesenberg
  • 2013 Großen Walsertal-Damüls.
  • 2016 Arosa
  • 2019 Lötschental