10 Recommended Tips.
1. Kirchner Museum Davos
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880–1938) came to Davos in 1917 to recover from his mental breakdown during the First World War. The artist worked there until his death. The architecturally interesting glass and concrete construction of the museum hosts the largest collection in the world of Kirchner’s paintings, drawings, etchings and sculptures.
2. Das Gelbe Haus (The Yellow House), Flims
The orientation of the culture centre is at the level of a critical discussion of cultural practice and the theory connected with it. Topic areas include «high and low culture» in the fields of architecture, design, arts, media, folk culture and everyday life.
3. St. Johann’s Monastery, Müstair
The centrepiece of the cloister in St. Johann is the abbey church, built around 800. It houses the most extensive Carolingian fresco cycle still conserved. The cloister complex was awarded the status of UNESCO world cultural heritage of humanity. 15 Benedictine nuns still live there. It is possible to visit the cloister museum and visitors are also received at times.
4. Guarda Village
You may be able to find the typical Engadine architecture with the house facades decorated with sgraffito in many places in Graubünden, but the location and enclosed villagescape brought Guarda into the category of «locality of national importance». One of the houses became the inspiration for the painter Alois Carigiet for the children’s story «Schellenursli».
5. Segantini Museum, St. Moritz
The Italian painter and artist Giovanni Segantini (1858–1899) spent the last eight years of his working life in Graubünden, in Savognin und Maloja. This is where his most important works, including the triptych «Life, Nature and Death». There is a collection that can be admired in the Segantini-Museum in St. Moritz. There are other traces of Segantini in all of Oberengadin.
6. St. Martin’s Church, Zillis
In the Romanesque era – the start of the 12th century – this building was completely torn down and rebuilt. In this time, from 1130 to 1140, the painted ceiling was created. This artwork is the only one of this kind from the Romanesque era and has remained almost entirely intact without overpainting. It could be the only church ceiling of this kind in the world.
7. Chur Cathedral
The current cathedral was built between 1150 and 1272 and shows influences of all the great occidental cultures, due to the location of the city on the pass roads. Romanesque masonry works on the capitals and the columns. Gothic sacrament (1484) and high altar by Jakob Russ (1486–1492).
8. Ciäsa Granda, Stampa
The old patrician’s house was built by Johannes Stampa in 1581 and is today the seat of the Bergell Valley Museum. In the Ciäsa Granda, works by Giovanni, Alberto, Augusto and Diego Giacometti are exhibited along with the great work «People from my Village» by Varlin and mineral exhibits, displays about the animal and plant worlds and crafts of the Bergell.
9. Chur Old Town
11,000 years of settlement history. Picturesque old town from the Middle Ages. Bishop’s seat with an 800 year-old cathedral. Individual city tours following foot markings. Best shopping between Zürich and Milan. Restaurants, cafés und bars. Cantonal capital with important museums (history, art, culture, nature, viticulture, cathedral treasury), city theatre, exhibitions and architecture.
10. Disentis Monastery
The Benedictine Monastery from the 17th century towers above the monastery village of Disentis/Mustér on the Glacier Express route. It includes the biggest and most important baroque church in Graubünden, a school for 200 students and the monastery museum (nature and cultural history); all run and cared for by 50 monks.