Formerly the capital of the Conches valley, Ernen is one of the most interesting villages in Valais for the variety of its houses dating from the 15th to 17th and 18th centuries. The Catt parish church of St. George was built in 1510-18 by Ulrich Ruffiner on the site of a three-apse church from the 11th century.
Ernen is one of the 12 municipalities of Goms (Valais/Switzerland), has 530 inhabitants and is located on the left side of the Rhone Valley, nestled in the mountain world at 1,200 m above sea level. Since the merger in spring 2005, its territory has consisted of the former municipalities of Ausserbinn, Ernen, Mühlebach and Steinhaus. The hamlet of Niederernen has also belonged to the community of Ernen since 1872. Ernen was awarded the Henry-Louis-Wakker Prize in 1979 for its particularly beautiful and well-preserved landscape. The three village landscapes of national importance are exceptional. The oldest wooden settlement in Switzerland is located in Mühlebach. Also worth seeing is the Church of St. George, built between 1510 and 1518. In Ernen, time seems to have stood still, yet neither residents nor vacationers need to give up the comforts of modern life that are taken for granted today. Cable TV and the internet are a matter of course, as are good everyday necessities. A special experience are the concerts in the music village. Ernen is part of the landscape park, a "Regional Nature Park of National Importance". If in summer, after a hike through the beautiful alpine world, you find your way back to the village, you can end the day with a visit to a classical music concert in the baroque church, you can let yourself be pampered in one of the restaurants or sit comfortably in the garden and enjoy the beautiful alpine world.