Thursday, October 28

Mitholz, the quiet Swiss town facing a time bomb

Mitholz View

Mitholz, with a population of just 170, is – at first glance – an idyllic place nestled in the beautiful Swiss Kander Valley. But her tragic story has returned to haunt her.

The houses in this town, covered by geraniums, are the classic rural wooden chalets, many of them still, with space for people to live upstairs and stables below for farm animals.

It is a style that can be seen in all the Alps, where some houses are 200 or 300 years old. But not in Mitholz. Here all the houses have the same date of building: 1948.

Some show inscriptions: “I rebuild myself from horror” or “What was destroyed in a moment cannot return. Now we look ahead with hope“.

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