Lonely Planet Writer

See this gorge in Switzerland light up as the world’s largest natural projection screen

A gorge in Switzerland that is renowned for centuries as a place of healing will soon sparkle with a light display as the world’s largest natural projection screen.

The Tamina Therme lit up with projections.
These incredible light projections with light up the world’s largest natural projection screen. Image by Grand Resort Bad Ragaz

The Tamina Therme, which is known for its thermal water, draws travellers to the spa resort town of Bad Ragaz in eastern Switzerland. Starting on 18 July, the gorge will light up with a spectacular light display, which will run until the end of September.

According to the resort, there are a lot of legends behind the gorge, with claims that a dragon called the gorge home, or that it was a gateway to hell. “Until the 13th century, the monks who lived in the nearby Pfäfers monastery were unable to offer any better explanations as to why wafts of mist could be seen rising from the chasm. However, the mystery was solved in 1242 when the source of the thermal water was discovered”.

Taminaschlucht in the Altes Bad Pfäfers lit up with projections.
Travellers won’t need to stay at the resort to see the light projections. Image by Jean-Christophe Dupasquier

Its status as place of healing was set out in 1535 by the famous doctor, naturalist and philosopher Paracelsus. Since that time, visitors to the area have included Rainer Maria Rilke, Friedrich Nietzsche, Thomas Mann and Thomas Edison.

Now, the local tourism offices, municipal authorities, the canton of St. Gallen and the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz have created a multimedia experience for 2017. It will be open to everyone, including people who are visiting the region on a day trip or guests who are staying at the resort.

Aerial view of the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz.
The Grand Resort Bad Ragaz is known for its proximity to the thermal waters. Image by Grand Resort Bad Ragaz

Light Ragaz will project 3D effects onto the structures and formations of the rocks within the gorge. The rocks reach up 80 metres, and each night there will be a nearly-1000-metre sea of light. The light show will take “spectators into the mystical world of spring water and the power of the elements”. The show will kick off at 6 pm every evening.