European heritage

In the blacksmith's lair





The theme of this year's European Heritage Days in Switzerland is "Fire, light, energy". A visit to the blacksmith at the private National Equine Centre gives a glimpse into an activity that has remained unchanged for a long time.

The centre was established in 1997, when the army decided it no longer wanted to operate the site. Around 200 horses are now stabled there. The blacksmith shoes the centre's own horses, plus animals belonging to the army and to private individuals using both industrially-made and handmade horseshoes. (Pictures: Christoph Balsiger,, Text: NPZ Bern)

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