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The history

of Val Müstair

The Munster valley first entered the real light of history with the founding of the St. Johann monastery in Müstair. This important monastery complex was built during the reign of Charlemagne. The well-preserved Carolingian and Romanesque frescoes in the monastery church are of immeasurable value.
The documented thousand-year history of the Munster Valley was mainly shaped by the special traffic situation between Tyrol / Engadin and Tyrol / Veltlin / Lombardy and the disputes and power struggles in religious matters.

The important transport links brought economic growth and prosperity to the valley, but also repeatedly caused distress and misery. The Munster Valley was often a battleground for foreign troops, from which the local population suffered greatly.


The Val Müstair has a lot to tell and to show. Here is a list of possible bad weather programs for your holiday:

Monastery Museum “Plantaturm”, Müstair
Chasa Jaura Museum, Valchava
Muglin Mall, Sta. Maria
Museum 14/18, Sta. Maria

Tessanda Val Müstair, Sta. Maria

Chastè da cultura / Kulturburg, Fuldera


and the Biosfera Val Müstair

The Val Müstair is framed by the two important crossings of the Ofen Pass and the Umbrail Pass. The Biosfera Val Müstair includes the six villages Tschierv, Fuldera, Lü, Valchava, Sta. Maria und Müstair Together with the adjacent Swiss National Park, the Biosfera Val Müstair forms the first high-alpine UNESCO biosphere reserve in Switzerland. The region is shaped by different cultures as the borders of Italy, Austria and Switzerland meet here. Accordingly, the majority of the population is multilingual, and Romansh is still spoken in everyday life. The Biosfera forms a bridge between the Swiss National Park and the Parco Nazionale dello Stelvio in Italy. Where two protected areas meet, nature is particularly rich. Thanks to the Mediterranean climate, the asp viper and green lizard are just as much at home as bearded vultures and golden eagles. But Italian brown bears also come to visit from time to time.

The high alpine landscape has many scenic beauties in store, with the remote Val Mora and the crystal-clear mountain lake Lai da Rims at 2396 meters being special highlights. The valley dwellers have always lived in harmony with nature, which is why 80 percent of the farms are still run organically.

Summer & Winter

always an experience

Val Müstair in summer
Few places offer such a wide range of hikes and tours. In the valley itself, the adjacent Swiss National Park and the southern Ortler region, there are over 295 km of well-signposted paths to explore: from easy walks to challenging tours.
Through Swiss stone pine and larch forests, across pastures and passes, along clear mountain streams, you reach the peaks. You will encounter an overwhelming alpine flora at every turn. The good post bus connections are very helpful for planning tours.
Mountain bikers will find all levels of difficulty in Val Müstair; it is not for nothing that several international races take place every year.

Val Müstair in winter
“Ski instead of standing in line”. Under this motto, the family-friendly Minschuns ski area offers several ski lifts, a panorama restaurant, the Swiss ski school and a high level of snow security. A separate regional sports bus takes winter guests from the entire valley to the valley station of the ski lift. Skiers and snowboarders glide up to 2700 meters without waiting. A descent in partly natural forests allows for true enjoyment. Enjoy the cross-country ski trails in Val Müstair: 28 km of trails for classic runners and skaters are groomed and maintained. You can also experience relaxing winter fun on walks and winter hikes, snowshoeing and ski tours. The Lü-Tschierv toboggan run or the natural ice rinks in Müstair and Tschierv invite you to have a lot of fun.

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