One Park, Three Dialects
8 October 2019
The cultural landscape in the Beverin Natural Park varies due to the immigration of the Walser in the 13th and 14th centuries and the ancient presence of Romansh people.
The influence of the Walser culture is still strong in the Safiental and surrounding villages.
The Walser dialect is relatively well preserved in Sufers, Tschappina and Safiental.
Romansh (Sutsilvan) is still spoken in the Schamserberg region in the villages Andeer, Lohn, Pignia and Zillis. Many also speak the Swiss German dialect (Bündnerdialect) or the Walser dialect.
Today around 1000 inhabitants still speak Sutsilvan in the region, until the nineteenth century the common language.
The changes in the 19th and 20th centuries (tourism, media, railways, mobility, immigration) had a negative influence on the Romansh and Walser languages and cultures.
However, the Romansh and Walser populations and languages still exist (Source and further information: www.naturpark-beverin.ch).