Tour Locations | Cowbells, Chalets and Balthus: A Swiss Alpine Village Excursion
La Placette, the village square
Keep walking into the town square and then stop in front of the tree surrounded by benches.
Until the 1800s, wooden construction was the rule for buildings in Switzerland more than 900 meters above sea level. However several fires ravaged the villages in the region - including Rossinière in 1600, 1776 and 1855. After the fire in 1855, most of the houses in the town square were rebuilt in stone. When you visit other small Alpine villages, the presence of stone houses is usually an indication of fires in their past. Elizabeth Strutt loved the center of the village and remarked on how the roof overhangs provided shelter and the benches placed underneath provided a place for people to congregate and socialize.
The Rossinière Tourist Office is open in summer. It is staffed by a friendly and knowledgeable team and is a great place to find out more about the village and the region.
Let's keep moving.
Carry on walking through the town square, and continue to the Balthus Chapel.