Culture in Vättis


[Sicht auf Vättis über Kulturbrücke]

Kulturbrücke und Vättis (Foto Werner Aepli)

Vättis has more to offer than you might think, given its size and its far away location.

For more than a hundred years, Vättis has been open to guests who want to experience the mountainscape. Nowadays, only 20 minutes by car separate our village from the busy world. Many villagers commute, being happy to keep on living in Vättis. The traditional and the modern have become mixed in Vättis: on the one hand traditional festivals and active societies of all kind, on the other hand exhibitions and happenings around modern art.

Public Art

Summer 2009, an international Stonesculptor Symposium toke place. Now, the Stone Sculpture Path Vättis shows twelve sculptures just outside the village. The 30 minute stroll from the village centre has been marked with signs. As of 2010, the Sculpture Path Association ("Verein Sculpturenweg Vättis") has realized more art projects. Details and news you can find following the aforementioned link.

Craftsmanship & art

Art and craftmanship can also be found at Parnassia, a "workshop for bibliophile printings & books in best traditional craftmanship" and at the workshop of a stone-sculptor.


In 2004, the village aquired, together with the municipality of Pfäfers, paintings from the legacy of the artists Erhard and Rosemarie Fappani. Many of these show the landscape around Vättis. From September 7th till October 21st, 2007, some of the paintings were shown in the local Museum (see below).

For the special exhibition Fappani a diashow was made. Further exhibitions and sales are planned and coordinated by the Fappani-Kommision


[Sicht aus dem Drachenloch über den Alpen]

The Dragon-cave (Photo Dagmar Sprecher)

Drachenlochmuseum (local museum)

The local museum "Drachenlochmuseum" is named after the cave high above the village, the dragon-hole. The cave was a summercamp for pre-historic hunters about 53.000 years ago. The museum displays archeological finds from the cave, Roman coins, crystals and e.g. the wooden sculptures from the chapel in St. Martin dating from the late Middle-Ages.

St. Martin