Discover the site
The Heidnischbühl, situated between Raron and Sankt German and overlooking the Rhone valley plain, was settled in prehistoric times for almost three millennia.
The sunlit and fertile slopes of the hill on the south side, as well as its easily defendable flat surface on the hilltop, protected from the Rhone floods, offered a favoured settlement site for the Neolithic village communities. A great number of finds was made here: decorated ceramics of the " Saint Léonard " type, polished axe blades made of serpentinite, and arrowheads made of flint and rock crystal. These pieces prove that a small hamlet existed on this site between 3800 and 3500 BC.
The hill was also occupied in the Bronze Age (2200 - 800 BC), as evidenced by a hoard of pottery and bronze objects that were probably intended for melting. A short-lasting settlement at the beginning of the Iron Age (800 - 450 BC) and graves from the Later Iron Age have also been found. Today, vineyards cover the slopes of the hill, which is much appreciated by hikers.
Visit the exhibition "Là-haut Da oben. Fortified settlements in the Valais, yesterday and today" at the World Nature Forum Naters. There you can admire a model of the site as well as finds from the archaeological excavations. The exhibition runs from 2 July to 9 September 2021.
The Heidnischbühl is accessible at all times and offers a beautiful walk from Raron.
The World Nature Forum in Naters is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10.00 to 17.00.
Admission for adults Fr. 18.-; students and AHV (with legi) Fr. 15.-, children from 6 years Fr. 9.-, families Fr. 42.-, free with Raiffeisen card or museum pass.
Access & Contact
From Raron train station, you have to cross the Rhône bridge and walk along Bahnhofstrasse to Stalde. Then walk towards the castle and continue on the Rarnerweg to Rotigoblatt Castle. On the right-hand side, a path leads to Heidnischbühl (Heidnischbiel).