Local History

Savognin Brücke,1682. Photo/foto: TES.


The village of Savognin was first mentioned in 1154 in a document of the Bishop of Chur. The village is located in the Surses valley and Parc Ela, the largest regional natural park in Switzerland. In the valley, remnants and archaeological excavations testify to the use of the Julier and Septimer passes in Roman times. With the beginning of tourism in the middle of the 19th century, the number of travelers passing through the village increased considerably, by stagecoach and after the admission of car traffic in 1925 (for almost 25 years cars were forbidden in Grisons) by postal car (Postauto). All the traffic crossed the stone bridge of 1682. The bridge spans the river Julia, one of the Hinterrhein rivers.

The village remained Catholic during the Reformation (around 1525-1530), and Savognin even became one of the strongholds to counter the Reformation. Not only was the bridge built by monks, but they also built three (Baroque) churches in the small village, the rectory and the Anthony Chapel in Curtegns. The Gabriel residence is the former property of the Bishop of Chur. That made the church a significant employer in the village. Today, tourism employs most people, as well as agriculture and a few smaller businesses. Moreover, the nature of Parc Ela is never far away. (Source: www.savognin-gr.ch).