• LOCATION 23 | Cowbells, Chalets and Balthus: A Swiss Alpine Village Excursion

    Balthus Chapel

    Balthus Chapel on Rossinière audio tour Cowbells, Chalets and Balthus: A Swiss Alpine Village Excursion

    Take the gravel path skirting the restaurant on your right, that leads towards the Balthus Chapel and the final stop of our tour.

    The chapel was built in 1884 and acquired by the Protestant Church in 1926. Services were held here until the 1960s. Now the chapel belongs to the Balthus Foundation and has been turned into a visitor centre that presents the painter, his life and work.

    The audiovisual material can be accessed from the touch screen tablet at the right of the entrance. There are a number of films on offer, the latest at the time of this recording is entitled "In the Studio of Balthus - Chapter One" by Wim Wenders.

    If you're interested in a behind-the-scenes tour of the Grand Chalet by Setsuko, Balthus' widow, then the film "Le Grand Chalet de Balthus" is definitely a must. It has English subtitles.

    If you'd like to visit Balthus’ grave, it's just down the stairs to the left of the chapel. You will notice that it seems overgrown. This is intentional as the family wish it to remain very rustic and natural.

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    This is where I'll be leaving you.

    From here it is a five-minute walk to the station. With the chapel on your right, follow the road that will be straight ahead. It leads back to the Grand Chalet.

    If you would like to find out more about the villages in the Pays d'Enhaut, please visit the Tourist Office in Rossiniere, Chateau d'Oex or Rougemont.

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    Thank you and goodbye.

Cowbells, Chalets and Balthus: A Swiss Alpine Village Excursion