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In the footsteps of the 'Déserteur'

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On the paths, through the old quarters of the villages, meet the 'Déserteur' and his colourful paintings.




2h 10m

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Charles Frédéric Brun, nicknamed the 'Déserteur', arrived in Nendaz in the middle of the 19th century. With his colourful paintings, he brought some cheerfulness to the rural houses with their low ceilings and tiny windows. In return, the villagers offered him a bowl of soup and a crust of bread. He lived as a homeless man in fear of the police, remaining hidden between Nendaz and the Val d'Hérens until his death in 1871.

To keep his memory alive, the 'Déserteur' trail recounts his life and work on a loop through the old quarters of the villages of Haute-Nendaz, Basse-Nendaz and Saclentse.

The trail 'In the Footsteps of the 'Déserteur'', accessible all year round, follows the village tour hike itinerary.

On the way

Nendaz Tourisme

Tourist Information Office

Haute-Nendaz Village

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St-Michel Chapel

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The church of Basse-Nendaz

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The Saclentse Chapel

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