How the chalet became a symbol of Switzerland
The chalet symbolises Switzerland more than any other building. But it was visitors from abroad who turned the simple log house into a tourist hit.
Chalet. Nostalgia, kitsch and Baukultur
10.03.2023 30.06.2023 / Swiss National Library
What exactly is a chalet? Is it simply a symbol of longing for Alpine nature and therefore an invented concept or myth? In the exhibition ‘Chalet’, the Swiss National Library in Bern has teamed up with Gelbe Haus Films to take visitors on a light-hearted, informative and entertaining journey that explores this quintessentially Swiss building. To get a taste, check out the online exhibition. Or to get some background information, listen to Gegensprecher, the exhibition podcast (in German only).