Cultura e las bellezzas da nossa regiun

Culture and sightseeing

The fractions Brail, Lavin, and Susch are the secret cultural spots of the Lower Engadine. Several institutions are competing for the favor of culturally interested guests and offer a wide range of high-quality cultural offerings throughout the year.

A broad cultural offer, unique events, local customs and traditions are part of the Engadine way of life. In the Upper Engadine, a considerable number of museums pursue the traces of the past and famous artists. For example, the Nietzsche House in Sils Maria or the Segantini Museum in St. Moritz and of course the National Park Center in Zernez.

National Park
Museum

Experiencing, learning and discovering, wondering and questioning, shaping: In the four exhibition rooms at the National Park Visitor Center in Zernez guests will approach the different themes of the National Park, its fauna and flora, its history, and the inexhaustible diversity of nature in a completely new way. The audio guide in five different languages helps you navigate through the exhibition. The discovery trail invites children to explore the experiential setting in their own way.

The offer summarized: Interactive and experience-oriented exhibition, audio guide in five different languages, discovery trail for children, seasonal temporary exhibitions, multimedia appearance of partner organizations, laser relief and information shop with a broad variety of products, National Park info desk, Tourist Information Zernez, text message service, rental of binoculars and digital hiking guides, and the arrangement of guided tours in the Swiss National Park.

Visitor Center:
At the Visitor Center you can find different information regarding different topics. Our staff at the information desk will be happy to give you further information on topics of interest and will help you planning your adventure at the Swiss National Park.

All information services regarding the Tourist Information Zernez are available at this point.

At the shop you will find hiking maps and a variety of other information resources. The shop also contains specialist literature and illustrated books, applied clothing, and souvenirs.

Further details: www.nationalpark.ch

Museum
Susch

The medieval monastery building has been carefully renovated and adapted to create a unique ensemble – with connecting tunnels, grottoes, and modern showrooms. Exhibitions of contemporary art as well as dance and performances can be experienced at the Museum Susch.

Further details: www.muzeumsusch.ch

Coffee Museum
Caferma Badilatti

At the Coffee Museum “Caferama” you will learn everything about the coffee production, discovery story, how the coffee bean came to us, and what role the inhabitants of Engadine and Puschlaver played in this. In addition, you can expect exciting information on more than 80 different coffee trees. The rest of the tour provides insights into the cultivation and processing of coffee as well as into the everyday life of the people employed.

Further details: http://www.cafe-badilatti.ch/kaffee-museum/caferama

Mining Museum

For more than 300 years, miners at the Mot Madlain mined silver and lead ore by hand. The museum shows a lot of original objects and explains the former mining work in an audience-friendly manner. The exhibition is dedicated to the formation of the region’s rocks, minerals, and geology. Moreover, casts of dinosaur tracks are presented in the museum which have been found in the Swiss National Park many years ago.

Bears Exhibition
The experience-oriented exhibition gives insights into the past, the way of life, the biology, and the possible return of the brown bears. It is especially suitable for children.

Further details: www.schmelzra.ch

Galerie La Suosta, Madulain
«La Suosta» in Madulain is a meeting place for art, ideas, and the exchange of thoughts. At this place tourists, art lovers, and locals spend stimulating moments with the inspiring works of leading regional and Rhaeto-Romanic artists.

Further details: www.lasuosta.ch

Berry Museum, St. Moritz
The Berry Museum, located in the centennial Villa Arona in the heart of St. Moritz, is dedicated to the spa physician and painter Peter Robert Berry (1864-1942). Most of the over forty-year old oil paintings, pastels, and drawings are family owned. Drawing on this comprehensive collection, for the first time the Berry Museum is able to give a deeper insight into the artistic work of Peter Robert Berry.

Further details: www.berrymuseum.com

Chasa Jaura, Valchava
Since 1973, the Chasa Jaura Val Müstair in Valchava has been a cultural forum for inhabitants and tourists, bringing the history of the valley to the fore by setting surprising accents with outstanding contemporary art. Literary, musical, and cinematic events as well as contracts and courses prove the vivacity and openness of the Rhaeto-Romanic language, art, and culture. The Chasa Jaura works closely with the Lia Rumantscha and connects the cultural forces of the Val Müstair with each other.

Further details: www.chasajaura.ch

Museum Engiadina Bassa, Scuol
The historic house Chà Gronda on the square of the historic village of Scuol Sot is worth a visit. The patrician house, built around 1700, has housed the Valley Museum of the Lower Engadine since 1963. The tour through the different rooms of the house will give you an impression of the simple way of life of our ancestors, a peasant population dependent on self-sufficiency. The museum also houses an exhibition about prehistoric finds in the Lower Engadine as well as a special exhibition (changes on an annual basis) based on a regionally significant theme.

Further details: www.museumscuol.ch

Alpine Museum, Pontresina
The Alpine Museum is situated in the Chesa Delnon, an old Engadine house built in 1716. Visitors of the Museum Alpine gain deep insights into the living culture of the past. You can discover exciting collections of minerals, animal preparations – pioneering bird collection, hunting, game and environmental pictures, mountaineering and hunting props. The multimedia show “Mountain Experience” with its tempting landscape shots reviews the four seasons. Articles about butterflies and flowers as well as a film about the current special show complement the offer. Every year a temporary exhibition about a specific mountain theme is shown.

Further details: www.museums.ch/org/de/Museum-Alpin

Museum Mili Weber House
In 2017 the Mili Weber House celebrated its 100th anniversary. The house is named after the artist Mili Weber (1891-1978) who lived and worked there for nearly 60 years. During this time Mili Weber formed her home into a unique work of art.

Mili Weber Way

Since the anniversary in 2017, it is possible to follow the footprints of Mili Weber: The circular trail leads along Lake St. Moritz and Meierei up to the museum. The eight different stations during the walk highlight different facets of Mili Weber’s life and work.

Further details: www.miliweber.ch

Engadine Museum, St. Moritz
The Museum Engiadinais illustrates the alpine living and living culture from the 15th to the 19th century. The house was built in 1906 on behalf of Riet Campell, specifically for the collection of historic interiors. The aim of this museum is to preserve and convey the Engadine culture of life. Due to tourism and technical innovations the Engadine is changing rapidly and the loss of regional culture and associated goods threatens. Therefore, the Engadine Museum in St. Moritz tries to maintain a piece of past with its exhibition.

Further details: www.museum-engiadinais.ch

Forum Paracelsus, St. Moritz
The spa culture in St. Moritz is deeply rooted – it dates back 1400 years before Christ. Due to Pope Leo X. and natural doctor Paracelsus in the Middle Ages, the healing springs with their iron and carbonated water gained huge reputation. The associated and new restored Forum Paracelsus teaches the history of St. Moritz’s healing springs through audio stations and touchscreens.

The drinking fountain invites to the tasting of the St. Moritz sour water, and in the heart of the museum the “Mauritius-Quellfassung” (3400 years) can be visited behind glass.In the Forum Paracelsus, concerts, readings, celebrations, and workshops can be organized. Occasions in this unique architecturally and acoustically atmosphere will become a special overall experience for you and your partners, customers, and guests.

Drinking Hall Büvetta Tarasp
The historic Drinking Hall Büvetta Tarasp is currently closed. Comprehensive renovations are in progress. If you still want to try the natural mineral water, you can do it in the following places:

Bogn Engiadina Scuol
In Bogn Engiadina Scuol, near the entering cash, different mineral water can be tested for free.

Chasa Carola, Nairs, Scuol
Natural mineral water can be filled into glasses and tested by simply touching buttons.

Büvetta Sfondraz
At a unique location next to the Inn, about 30 minutes’ walk from Scuol, the «Büvetta Sfondraz» is located. The Drinking Hall from fashionable spa days is now a homey restaurant and cafe. The Sfondraz mineral water directly comes from the spring under the bar. Sfondraz is one of the calcium sources in Europe.

Further details: www.scuol-zernez.com/Mineralwasser

Leaning Tower, St. Moritz
The Leaning Tower is a landmark from the 12th century and part of the 1893 aborted St. Mauritius church. The 33-meter high tower is always going crazy – currently its slope is about 5.5 degrees. The tower surpasses even the world-famous leaning tower in Pisa.

Nietzsche House, Sils-Maria
Visit the philosopher. Next to a five-part permanent exhibition, the Nietzsche House also houses annually changing special exhibitions on modern and contemporary art. The Nietzsche-House is also a residential, working, and research center. The foundation offers limited residence and study stay possibilities (up to 3 weeks) for intellectually and culturally active people. Since the foundation in 1950, the house library, which is strongly focused on Nietzsche, has grown to more than 4,500 volumes over the past years.

Further details: www.nietzschehaus.ch

Segantini Museum, St. Moritz
Giovanni Segantini (1858-1899) was a famous artist of realistic symbolism and a great innovator of alpine painting in the late 19th century. In 1894, the stateless artist moved from Savognin to the Engadine, i.e., Maloja. When Segantini worked on his alpine triptych “Becoming – Being – Offense” on the so called sheep mountain, high above Pontresina, death overtook him surprisingly. Established in 1908, the Segantini Museum in St. Moritz opened in honor of the artist – where most of his works are gathered

Further details: www.segantini-museum.ch

Monastery of Müstair
The Monastery St. Johann in Müstair is located at the easternmost part of Switzerland on the border to South Tyrol. It is not only UNESCO World Heritage but also, and above all, a center of Benedictine spirituality. The uniqueness of the monastery is reflected in its architecture, murals, archaeological finds, and monastic treasures.

The monastery museum is situated in the “Plantaturm”, a more than thousand-year old residential and refuge tower. Follow the liturgical bell and be part of a guided journey through 1200 years of monastic and architectural history. The Benedictines of Müstair give you insights into their monastery and their lives once and now.

Further details: www.muestair.ch/klosteranlage/kloster-st-johann

Museum Alberto Giacometti, Stampa, Bergell

Ciäsa Granda, Ethnographic Museum
The Ciäsa Granda features the work of the world-famous artistic family Giacometti, as well as other artists who spent part of their creative life in Bergell. In the museum realistic dioramas, reconstructions of workshops of various crafts, and valuable documentations of domestic life in the valley can be visited. Thus, visitors get insights into the social, cultural, and natural history of Bergell and can also deal with its customs.

Studio Giacometti
In 1906, Giovanni Giacometti converted a stable of the 18th century, which was located next to the residential building in Stampa, into a studio. Father and son Alberto used the studio until the end of their lives. After registration at the Museum Ciäsa Granda, the studio can be visited together with experienced tour guides.

Further details: www.ciaesagranda.ch

Museum Casa Console, Poschiavo
The museum is situated in elegant palazzo from the 19th century – a pearl of local architecture. The interior of the building has been left in its original condition, especially valuable is the partially gilded stucco work at the ceiling. The museum’s focus is on the art collection, which has its origins in Ernesto Conrad’s private collection of pictures. The founder provided his paintings for the foundation and later the collection was extended several times – always works from the Romantic period. The “Casa Console” features works by famous German Romantic painters, such as Carl Spitzweg, Eduard von Gruetzner, and many more.

Further details: www.museocasaconsole.ch

Tarasp Castle, Tarasp
The landmark of the Lower Engadine majestically overlooks the Tarasp Castle, built in 1040. Regular tours through the castle take place, in summer from time to time even several times a day. To the delight of the visitors, organ concerts on the melodious wooden organ with 3000 pipes sound through the walls nonstop.

Further details: www.schloss-tarasp.ch

Village tour through Zernez with aperitif

Wildenberg Castle, Zernez

The weir and residential tower of the Wildenberg Castle was built in 1280. The castle is opened every Monday at around 05:00 pm as part of the village tour Zernez.

Church of San Maurizius, Zernez
The first written record about the church of San Maurizius dates from the 13th century. The interior decoration of the church is unique in Graubünden because of its early baroque stucco work. The gallery and the organ are from the years 1741/42 – one of the oldest organs in Switzerland. The church is open to all visitors.

Church of San Goerg, Lavin
The church of Lavin with its restored paintings from 1490 to 1500 is one of the most famous and worth seeing cultural monuments of Graubünden. The church is open to all visitors.

Further details: www.zernez.ch/gemeinde-zernez/kirchen

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