We had merely set out on a seemingly-routine errand to find a hair stylist and pharmacy in Oberammergau, Germany, and instead, we found ourselves pleasantly distracted by something quite out of the ordinary for us: the soothing, foghorn-like sound of Alphorns, playfully known as ‘Ricola horns’.
The three musicians – clad in Lederhosen, grey knee-socks and woolen Bavarian jackets, played to a small crowd of locals, just as the Christmas Market was set to be opened for its first weekend. A trio of angels also looked on.
Such instruments have historically been used by Alpine residents throughout Germany and Switzerland, and horns similar to these have also long been used for communication in mountainous regions of Europe.
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