Graubünden Tourism

Heidi from the Swiss Alps

Johanna Spyri's worldwide bestseller «Heidi» has lost nothing of its magic to this day. Heidi symbolizes the values of home, truth and good deeds, and she has been doing this for 120 years. Heidi belongs to Graubünden like the ibex, the Romansh language and the world of Alpine adventure. What's more, numerous films, TV shows, books and media features have made Heidi the most famous girl from Graubünden – and indeed from Switzerland.

The Story

How much of the story is autobiographical and what was going on in Johanna Spyri’s mind is hard to say, as the writer burnt all her diaries and many letters shortly before her death. It’s clear, though, that Spyri often took an interest in the fate of young women and of children. Her two children’s books Heidi’s Years of Learning and Travel and Heidi Makes Use of What She Has Learned, from the years 1880 and 1881, are among the most famous children’s books in the world.

Heidi and Peter on the Heidialp in Maienfeld

Heidi's Village / Heidi's House

In Johanna Spyri’s Heidi house, visitors can return to the time of the origin of this world-renowned children’s story. Along with many animal adventures, Heididorf features a village shop with souvenirs, a post office with special Heididorf stamps, and the chance to see the original Heidi house. It’s definitely worth a visit.


Facts and Figures

  • 1. The book «Heidi’s Years of Learning and Travel» appeared in 1880.
  • 2. The book «Heidi Makes Use of What She Has Learned» appeared in 1881.
  • Translated into 50 languages
  • 50 million copies printed
  • 8 animated cartoons (a number of Japanese ones, among others)
  • 12 Heidi films (most recent one in 2015)
  • 5 Heidi series
  • 8 comics
  • 4 musicals
  • Heidi hit song by Gitti & Erika (1986)

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