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Poschiavo

Poschiavo, capital of the southern Grisons valley of the same name, boasts a typically Italian architectural character which is of national significance. Noteworthy is the so-called «Spaniolenviertel», quarter with villas built by wealthy returning emigrants.
Poschiavo lies around 15 kilometres to the south of the Passo del Bernina, the pass connecting the Engadine Valley with the Valtellina Valley. The municipality covers a large area of the upper Val Poschiavo and its branch valleys and stretches from the continental divide at the Ospizio Bernina, which is formed by the Bernina Massif and the Forcola di Livigno, to the southern end of the Lago di Poschiavo. The valley was brought out of its isolation when the Bernina Railway opened between 1908/1910. Tourism gradually established itself and became a significant sector of the valley’s economy.

The small town of Poschiavo has a typically Italian architectural character with stone-roofed patrician houses dating from the 16th to 19th centuries. The central Plaza da Cumün is bordered by the late-Gothic San Vittore Church with its Romanesque tower, the Oratorio Sant’Anna with ossuary, the baroque Santa Maria Presentata Chapel and the town hall with its former fortified tower.

The reformed church, built in 1649, stands nearby. The Palazzo Mengotti on the far bank of the Poschiavino River houses the valley museum. At the southern edge of the village is the so-called «Spaniolenviertel» quarter with its stately villas. These palazzi were built by Poschiavo families returning in the 19th century from Spain and other countries, where they had acquired wealth and status. A little farther south is the Santa Maria Assunta Church, built between 1692 and 1711 and considered one of the most beautiful baroque churches in Switzerland. The former Augustine Covent of Santa Maria in Poschiavo «Vecchio Monastero») is used today as a meeting place and educational centre.

The intact landscape of the Val Poschiavo and its branch valleys such as the Val di Campo nature conservation area with its mountain lakes is best discovered on foot. Attractive hikes lead to mountain pastures and alps. The Selva mountain pasture has a Roman Catholic and a Protestant church, built on neighbouring hills. Cavaglia has impressive moulins or glacier mills that bear witness to the last Ice Age.

Highlights

  • Poschiavo – Italianità in Canton Grisons. Beautiful town square of national significance.
  • Spaniolenviertel – emigrants returning from Spain in the 19th century where they acquired wealth as patissiers built grand villas in this quarter.
  • Bernina Railway – Rhätische Bahn railway line from St. Moritz to Tirano, the highest rail alpine traversal and with a gradient of 7 per cent one of the steepest non-cogwheel railways.
  • Alp Grüm – beautiful vantage point at 2091m on the Bernina Pass with a view of the Piz Palü and the Lago di Poschiavo.
  • Val di Campo – nature conservation area with larch and stone-pine forests, alpine meadows and the cobalt-blue waters of the Lago di Saoseo.
Poschiavo, capital of the southern Grisons valley of the same name, boasts a typically Italian architectural character which is of national significance. Noteworthy is the so-called «Spaniolenviertel», quarter with villas built by wealthy returning emigrants.
Poschiavo lies around 15 kilometres to the south of the Passo del Bernina, the pass connecting the Engadine Valley with the Valtellina Valley. The municipality covers a large area of the upper Val Poschiavo and its branch valleys and stretches from the continental divide at the Ospizio Bernina, which is formed by the Bernina Massif and the Forcola di Livigno, to the southern end of the Lago di Poschiavo. The valley was brought out of its isolation when the Bernina Railway opened between 1908/1910. Tourism gradually established itself and became a significant sector of the valley’s economy.

The small town of Poschiavo has a typically Italian architectural character with stone-roofed patrician houses dating from the 16th to 19th centuries. The central Plaza da Cumün is bordered by the late-Gothic San Vittore Church with its Romanesque tower, the Oratorio Sant’Anna with ossuary, the baroque Santa Maria Presentata Chapel and the town hall with its former fortified tower.

The reformed church, built in 1649, stands nearby. The Palazzo Mengotti on the far bank of the Poschiavino River houses the valley museum. At the southern edge of the village is the so-called «Spaniolenviertel» quarter with its stately villas. These palazzi were built by Poschiavo families returning in the 19th century from Spain and other countries, where they had acquired wealth and status. A little farther south is the Santa Maria Assunta Church, built between 1692 and 1711 and considered one of the most beautiful baroque churches in Switzerland. The former Augustine Covent of Santa Maria in Poschiavo «Vecchio Monastero») is used today as a meeting place and educational centre.

The intact landscape of the Val Poschiavo and its branch valleys such as the Val di Campo nature conservation area with its mountain lakes is best discovered on foot. Attractive hikes lead to mountain pastures and alps. The Selva mountain pasture has a Roman Catholic and a Protestant church, built on neighbouring hills. Cavaglia has impressive moulins or glacier mills that bear witness to the last Ice Age.

Highlights

  • Poschiavo – Italianità in Canton Grisons. Beautiful town square of national significance.
  • Spaniolenviertel – emigrants returning from Spain in the 19th century where they acquired wealth as patissiers built grand villas in this quarter.
  • Bernina Railway – Rhätische Bahn railway line from St. Moritz to Tirano, the highest rail alpine traversal and with a gradient of 7 per cent one of the steepest non-cogwheel railways.
  • Alp Grüm – beautiful vantage point at 2091m on the Bernina Pass with a view of the Piz Palü and the Lago di Poschiavo.
  • Val di Campo – nature conservation area with larch and stone-pine forests, alpine meadows and the cobalt-blue waters of the Lago di Saoseo.

Arrival and return Poschiavo

Adresse

Valposchiavo Turismo
Stazione
7742 Poschiavo
Tel. +41 (0)81 839 00 60
info@valposchiavo.ch
www.valposchiavo.ch

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Rifugio Saoseo CAS
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Cavaglia–Poschiavo (Passo del Bernina)
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Hiking in

Poschiavo
Via Albula/Bernina
Via Albula/Bernina
Stage 9, Cavaglia–Le Prese
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ViaValtellina
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Stage 7, Alp Grüm–San Romerio
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Bernina-Tour
Bernina-Tour
Stage 1, Poschiavo–Privilasco–Alp Grüm–Ospizio Bernina
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Mountain biking in

Poschiavo
Trans-Altarezia Bike
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Granpanoramica Poschiavina
Val di Campo
Poschiavo–San Romerio
Poschiavino Trail
Alta Tensione Trail
Bernina Express