Appenzell Innerrhoden

Betruf: The prayer call of eventide

Betruf: The prayer call of eventide

A long summer’s day in the Alpstein in Appenzell, Switzerland, ends with the Betruf prayer call of the alpine herdsmen. After a long day’s walk in the Alpstein made cold and bitter by unseasonal rain, we arrived at Fahlensee to clearing skies and visited the home of dairyman Albert Räss, glowing invitingly like welcome embers in a warm fire. Accompanied by his lovable Appenzell sheepdog, Räss walked to the foot of a large wooden cross and sang the Betruf as dusk descended on the Alpstein.