Giovanni Segantini (1858-1899) made the landscape of Sursens in Graubünden famous at the end of the 19th century. In Savognin he found the light and the mountains that inspired him. The two valleys Albula and Surses (Oberhalbstein) form the Parc Ela, 21 municipalities and about 6 000 people, mainly located in the area of the Romansh language Surmiran. Savognin, Bergün, Tiefencastel, Riom-Parsonz, Filisur, Bivio, Lenz, Tinizong and Alvaneu are the largest municipalities.
The Julier Pass, the Septimer Pass, and the Albula line are perhaps the best-known destinations today, but the mineral springs in Aveneu Bad, together with the springs of St. Moritz Bad, are among the oldest in Switzerland and (famous) guests have always appreciated the beauty of the nature, flora, fauna and the Alps. The region has many castles, (Romanesque) churches (Mistail for example) and the beautiful Engadine houses in the Albulatal, Filisur, and Bergün. The landscape shows the consequences of the many landslides, avalanches, and long-term geological processes. Many streams, agricultural areas, gorges, mountains, and forests form a rich mosaic for an enormous diversity of animal, plant and fungal species. Parc Ela is not only rich in natural and cultural treasures, but also shows a harmonious and respectful coexistence with nature. (Source: H. Gredig (Hrsg), Parc Ela. Ein Wegweiser zu Natur un Kultur im Albulatal und Surses, Bern, 2009).