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Vrin

Vrin is the farthermost municipality in the so-called «Valley of Light» (Val Lumnezia) at the foot of the Greina. Its highlight is the intact village centre incorporating several modern wooden buildings by Vrin architect Gion A. Caminada.
Vrin is situated in the Val Lumnezia around 21 km from Illanz at an altitude of 1448 metres. Its remote location at the far end of the valley meant that Vrin struggled with migration. In the 1980’s and 90’s, a project launched by the Pro Vrin Foundation made it its aim to strengthen village infrastructure and halt migration. At the beginning of the 1980’s, the municipality purchased all of the available building land to prevent speculation. Vrin native Gion A. Caminada, a farmer’s son and architect, has been building on this land for 30 years.

With expertise and a feeling for detail, he has influenced the character of the village with the construction of communal offices, multipurpose hall, butchers, residential buildings, several agricultural buildings and mortuary. Vrin was awarded the Swiss Heritage Society’s 1998 Wakker Prize for its careful integration of contemporary buildings into the old village centre with its compact and traditional dark brown wooden buildings.

An especially subtle building by Caminada is the mortuary by Vrin Church. The «Stiva da morts» was built in 2003 and allows the inhabitants of Vrin to continue with their traditional way of taking leave of the deceased. The building is constructed in the characteristic and typical style of the region, merging old with new, a method often implemented by Caminada. Worth seeing is the historical baroque village church. Visible from miles around, it is the most significant ecclesiastical building in the Vorderrhein Valley and was built in 1689 by Misox master architect Antonio Broggio.

At the far end of the rural valley, the Diesrut Pass (2428m) leads to the sparse Greina Hochebene (Greina High Plateau) and further over the Passo della Greina into the Valle di Blenio, which had a large influence on Vrin in earlier centuries. Vrin is the ideal starting point for a hike to the Greina High Plateau.

Highlights

  • Phone booth at the post office – with a tiny balcony; an example of Gion A. Caminada’s work in the characteristic traditional construction style.
  • Baroque Vrin Parish Church – visible from miles around, built at the end of the 17th century in the Italian architectural style.
  • The wide and sunny Val Lumnezia is the largest branch valley of the Surselva. The «Valley of Light» lies in front of the majestic silhouette of the Piz Terri. At the far end of the valley, the Diesrut Pass leads to the sparse Greina High Plateau.
  • Plaun la Greina – the untouched Greina High Plateau, a natural landscape of national significance, came into the public eye when protests forced the withdrawal of plans to build a power plant. The plateau has been a nature conservation area since 1996.
  • The regional museum Surselva in Illanz has exhibitions on the history of rural daily life and agriculture in the area.
Vrin is the farthermost municipality in the so-called «Valley of Light» (Val Lumnezia) at the foot of the Greina. Its highlight is the intact village centre incorporating several modern wooden buildings by Vrin architect Gion A. Caminada.
Vrin is situated in the Val Lumnezia around 21 km from Illanz at an altitude of 1448 metres. Its remote location at the far end of the valley meant that Vrin struggled with migration. In the 1980’s and 90’s, a project launched by the Pro Vrin Foundation made it its aim to strengthen village infrastructure and halt migration. At the beginning of the 1980’s, the municipality purchased all of the available building land to prevent speculation. Vrin native Gion A. Caminada, a farmer’s son and architect, has been building on this land for 30 years.

With expertise and a feeling for detail, he has influenced the character of the village with the construction of communal offices, multipurpose hall, butchers, residential buildings, several agricultural buildings and mortuary. Vrin was awarded the Swiss Heritage Society’s 1998 Wakker Prize for its careful integration of contemporary buildings into the old village centre with its compact and traditional dark brown wooden buildings.

An especially subtle building by Caminada is the mortuary by Vrin Church. The «Stiva da morts» was built in 2003 and allows the inhabitants of Vrin to continue with their traditional way of taking leave of the deceased. The building is constructed in the characteristic and typical style of the region, merging old with new, a method often implemented by Caminada. Worth seeing is the historical baroque village church. Visible from miles around, it is the most significant ecclesiastical building in the Vorderrhein Valley and was built in 1689 by Misox master architect Antonio Broggio.

At the far end of the rural valley, the Diesrut Pass (2428m) leads to the sparse Greina Hochebene (Greina High Plateau) and further over the Passo della Greina into the Valle di Blenio, which had a large influence on Vrin in earlier centuries. Vrin is the ideal starting point for a hike to the Greina High Plateau.

Highlights

  • Phone booth at the post office – with a tiny balcony; an example of Gion A. Caminada’s work in the characteristic traditional construction style.
  • Baroque Vrin Parish Church – visible from miles around, built at the end of the 17th century in the Italian architectural style.
  • The wide and sunny Val Lumnezia is the largest branch valley of the Surselva. The «Valley of Light» lies in front of the majestic silhouette of the Piz Terri. At the far end of the valley, the Diesrut Pass leads to the sparse Greina High Plateau.
  • Plaun la Greina – the untouched Greina High Plateau, a natural landscape of national significance, came into the public eye when protests forced the withdrawal of plans to build a power plant. The plateau has been a nature conservation area since 1996.
  • The regional museum Surselva in Illanz has exhibitions on the history of rural daily life and agriculture in the area.

Arrival and return Vrin

Adresse

Surselva Tourismus AG
Info Val Lumnezia
Palius 32D
7144 Vella
Tel. +41 (0)81 931 18 58
info@surselva.info
www.surselva.info

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Accommodation

BnB Biohof Albin
BnB Biohof Albin
Tersnaus
Hotel Gravas, Lumnezia
Hotel Gravas, Lumnezia
Vella/Lumnezia
Hotel Péz Regina
Hotel Péz Regina
Lumbrein
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Places of interest

The Greina Plateau
The Greina Plateau
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Hiking in

Vrin
Alpine Passes Trail
Alpine Passes Trail
Stage 4, Vrin–Cab. Scaletta SAT
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Stage 3, Ilanz–Vrin
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