We rise well before the sun just to savour this moment. The first rays of light appear above the mountain ridge and fill the valley with light, all the way down to the convent. The last wisps of cloud float above the dark green forest, dew drops on pine needles sparkle and the sounds of woodpeckers usher in the day. Val Müstair is part of a biosphere reserve on the edge of Switzerland’s only national park, so it is home to a spectacular variety of flora and fauna. We’ve packed our binoculars, booked a mountain guide for tomorrow, are planning a visit to an organic farm and look forward to exploring the cultural sites dotted throughout the region’s 250 kilometres of hiking trails. But first, we take a moment to watch the sun rise fully above the Alpine peaks.
Explore cultural treasures
The UNESCO World Heritage listed Convent of St. John is Val Müstair’s main cultural attraction. But many more surprises lie in wait: the valley’s large collection of cultural treasures also includes the hand weaving mill Tessanda, the Chasa Jaura Museum, the 14/18 Museum and many other memorials, museums and cottage industries.Read more