Conservation efforts mean that there is also an abundance of plant and wildlife in the region. Lucky hikers can expect to spot chamois bucks, deer, foxes and the alpine ibex known as the steinbock. There are also many bird species in the area, which has many forests and flowering mountain meadows.
The village of Albinen is perched high on a mountainside, overlooking a steep slope into the Dala gorge. The striking church in the center is surrounded by rows of wooden houses, some of them 300 years old. While the village itself is picturesque, the view from the buildings is spectacular, as they all look out over the valley.
Albinen village has a rich history, which goes back at least as far as the 13th century. It was never densely populated however. In 1902, records say there were fewer than 400 people living there, and that was its population peak. At that time, there wasn’t even a shop or a pub.