Local History

Tschlin. Photo/Foto: TES.

Tschlin and surroundings

Anyone entering the village of Tschlin (Canton of Graubünden) will come across the sign “Die schönsten Schweizer Dörfer”. The village lies at an altitude of 1 550 in the middle of the terraced landscape of Unterengadin and with a view of the river Inn (En in the Romansh language, Vallader dialect) and the National Park and its mountains and forests.

The village itself also has a lot to offer besides a brewery with good beer and an active cultural centre (Somalgors 74). From the fifteenth century onwards, the village has not always been on the lucky side of history. In the border region with Austria, the area has been a battleground with some regularity and has been plundered several times. Fires have also burned the village to ashes. The last major fire was in 1856. The town has always resurrected, however.

Tschlin first appears in documents in the twelfth century. Now she forms the ‘Plan’ together with the surrounding hamlets: San Niclà (with the Romanesque church), Strada (with the museum Stamparia), Chaflur. S-chadatsch, Chasura, Chaflur, Sclamischot, Martina (customs town with Austria), Vinadi (border town with Austria and the Altfinstermünz), and Acla da Fans.

Walking through the village, not only the Engadine houses and their Sgraffito stand out, but also the many springs, Bügl in Romansh. (Source and further information: www.tschlin.ch).