A wonky bridge or a fairy tale?


It is not often that you encounter a badly constructed bridge, building or even a hut in this neck of the woods, so imagine my surprise when I rounded a corner during a walk to spot this bridge!

As it turned out of course it had been designed this way on purpose….


The story is called ‘A Bell for Ursli’ and the walk takes you passed some of the main scenes from the book. This is not only a classic Swiss children’s story, it happens to be set in the Engadine.

Ursli is a little boy who lives in the Swiss Alps, and wants to find a big cowbell so that he can lead the spring procession through his village. Which is why he goes alone to his family’s chalet high up in the mountains and ends up spending a lonely, scary night.

Generations of Swiss children have grown up with Ursli and his adventures can now be read in English… the best way to enjoy the tale is to go on the walk – an ideal way to capture children’s imagination!


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