Forest Bregaglia Engadin

Kastanienwald mit Dörrhütten

On the plains of Brentan, above Castasegna, huge trees stretch their branches against the sky, forming one of the largest and most beautiful chestnut forests in Europe.


A walk in this beautiful chestnut scrub is a unique and fascinating experience at any time of the year: in spring the trees are in bloom, in summer the chestnut crowns provide cool shade, in autumn the forest delights us with its yellow and red-orange tones and the fruits falling to the ground.

From October to November, the chestnuts are collected on the meadows and, if necessary, released from their prickly shells. The big ones go on sale, the little ones are dried in the cascine up to 5 weeks over a smoldering fire. Then they come into sacks that are beaten on wooden blocks to remove shell and skin. In the end, they are sorted out and ground or sold as small, long-lasting chestnuts. Only now are they spread out on racks under the roofs of the huts. In the lower part of the huts, fires are lit, the heat of which dries the fruits. This drying process is shown in a model hut in Brentan.


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