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Sta. Maria

Sta. Maria

Sta. Maria is the capital of the rural and pretty Val Müstair to the south of the Ofen Pass in the south-easternmost corner of Switzerland. The pass road over the Umbrail to Valtellina and Stilfserjoch starts at Sta. Maria.
Sta. Maria (1375 metres altitude) has a pretty overall appearance with many typically embellished stone buildings. It is home to Switzerland’s only surviving large hand weaving factory (Tessanda), which weaves fabric in natural fibres and traditional patterns. There is also a working 17th century mill.

Next to Sta. Maria in the direction of the Ofen Pass lies the tranquil mountain village of Valchava with its baroque 15th century church tower. The valley museum «Chasa Jaura» is well worth a visit and occupies one of the most beautiful houses in the Val Müstair. In the carefully restored interior, the museum showcases the early agricultural and artisanal lifestyle of the valley’s inhabitants, the «Jauer».

The highest point of the municipality of Sta. Maria is the Piz Umbrail peak at 3033 metres altitude, awarding a splendid view of the highest peaks in the eastern Alps. Close by is the majestic Ortler peak (3905m). Farther away, the peaks of the Bernina, Ötztaler- and Silvretta Massifs are visible. Sta. Maria’s home mountain is the Piz Lad (2882m), a popular summer destination for experienced mountain hikers. The densely forested flanks are the habitat of deer, roe deer, chamois etc. The mountain ridge awards beautiful views over the three tiers of the Müstair Valley with their picturesque villages. The highlight of a Piz Lad tour is the Lai da Rims to the west of the summit, a particularly clear mountain lake.

The Umbrail pass is open in summer only; the narrow road with several hairpin bends leads to the pass summit at 2501 metres altitude, where there is a Swiss customs post. The pack mule trail over the Umbrail was a historically important trading route between Tyrol and Lombardy. In times of war, foreign troops came over the Umbrail into the Val Müstair several times. Swiss soldiers were therefore posted to the region during WWI to defend the border. A military history theme path leads visitors to various defences from this era.

Highlights

  • The Benedictine Convent of St. Johann at Müstair – containing the world’s best-preserved Carolingian (9th century) fresco cycle. A UNESCO World Heritage.
  • Umbrail – one of the narrowest alpine pass roads with several hairpin bends. A road adventure.
  • Lai da Rims – idyllically situated mountain lake (2396m) above the Val Vau, famed for its deep blue, crystal-clear waters.
  • Val Müstair museum «Chasa Jaura» - housed in one of the most beautiful houses in the valley at Valchava near Sta. Maria.
Sta. Maria is the capital of the rural and pretty Val Müstair to the south of the Ofen Pass in the south-easternmost corner of Switzerland. The pass road over the Umbrail to Valtellina and Stilfserjoch starts at Sta. Maria.
Sta. Maria (1375 metres altitude) has a pretty overall appearance with many typically embellished stone buildings. It is home to Switzerland’s only surviving large hand weaving factory (Tessanda), which weaves fabric in natural fibres and traditional patterns. There is also a working 17th century mill.

Next to Sta. Maria in the direction of the Ofen Pass lies the tranquil mountain village of Valchava with its baroque 15th century church tower. The valley museum «Chasa Jaura» is well worth a visit and occupies one of the most beautiful houses in the Val Müstair. In the carefully restored interior, the museum showcases the early agricultural and artisanal lifestyle of the valley’s inhabitants, the «Jauer».

The highest point of the municipality of Sta. Maria is the Piz Umbrail peak at 3033 metres altitude, awarding a splendid view of the highest peaks in the eastern Alps. Close by is the majestic Ortler peak (3905m). Farther away, the peaks of the Bernina, Ötztaler- and Silvretta Massifs are visible. Sta. Maria’s home mountain is the Piz Lad (2882m), a popular summer destination for experienced mountain hikers. The densely forested flanks are the habitat of deer, roe deer, chamois etc. The mountain ridge awards beautiful views over the three tiers of the Müstair Valley with their picturesque villages. The highlight of a Piz Lad tour is the Lai da Rims to the west of the summit, a particularly clear mountain lake.

The Umbrail pass is open in summer only; the narrow road with several hairpin bends leads to the pass summit at 2501 metres altitude, where there is a Swiss customs post. The pack mule trail over the Umbrail was a historically important trading route between Tyrol and Lombardy. In times of war, foreign troops came over the Umbrail into the Val Müstair several times. Swiss soldiers were therefore posted to the region during WWI to defend the border. A military history theme path leads visitors to various defences from this era.

Highlights

  • The Benedictine Convent of St. Johann at Müstair – containing the world’s best-preserved Carolingian (9th century) fresco cycle. A UNESCO World Heritage.
  • Umbrail – one of the narrowest alpine pass roads with several hairpin bends. A road adventure.
  • Lai da Rims – idyllically situated mountain lake (2396m) above the Val Vau, famed for its deep blue, crystal-clear waters.
  • Val Müstair museum «Chasa Jaura» - housed in one of the most beautiful houses in the valley at Valchava near Sta. Maria.

Arrival and return Sta. Maria

Adresse

Gäste-Information Val Müstair
Chasa Cumünala
7532 Tschierv
Tel. +41 (0)81 861 88 40
info@val-muestair.ch
www.val-muestair.ch

Services

Accommodation

Hotel Al Rom
Hotel Al Rom
Tschierv
Hotel Central La Fainera
Hotel Central La Fainera
Valchava
Hotel Landgasthof Staila
Hotel Landgasthof Staila
Fuldera
Hotel Münsterhof
Hotel Münsterhof
Müstair
Jugendherberge Sta. Maria
Jugendherberge Sta. Maria
Sta. Maria (Müstair)
Pension Restaurant Hirschen
Pension Restaurant Hirschen
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Places of interest

Biosfera Val Müstair
Biosfera Val Müstair
Convent of St John
Convent of St John
Tessanda, St. Maria
Tessanda, St. Maria
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