the Safien Valley cultural landscape

In the 14th century, the Safiental (canton of Graubünden) was inhabited by the immigrant Walser. They laid the foundation for agriculture and villages that still characterize the landscape.

One of the characteristic features of the Safier cultural landscape is the fragmented construction of houses, stables and mountain huts.

The oldest buildings date from the 17th century. In this period the construction of the stables and barns has hardly changed. Hundreds of stables and barns are still reminiscent of traditional agriculture.

The modernisation of agriculture makes these stables and barns more and more superfluous, however.

In Thalkirch near the Turrahaus the exhibition gives an insight into the construction and function of the stables and the cultural landscape Safien. (Source and further information: