Culture & customs

Culture & customs

Closeness to nature and living traditions combined with modernity - that is the appeal of Lenzerheide. Its broad cultural offerings range from the mobile culture platform DAS ZELT with its high-profile artists in the fields of comedy, theatre and music (classical music concerts), to “Talks in the mountains” with public figures, to top-class DJs. In addition, culture and customs are very present in the Lenzerheide holiday region. Here, cheese is still hand-made, as is the traditional Grisons dried meat. 

In the show dairy of the alpine restaurant Tschugga, in Parpan, the secrets of cheese making will be disclosed to you.

In the show dairy of the alpine restaurant Tschugga, in Parpan, the secrets of cheese making will be disclosed to you.

Local female farmers will bake bread with you in a wood-fired oven in the old bakery as in the past, or treat you with local specialties at popular farmers' evenings. You will also find historical treasures from the time when the Grisons still consisted of individual “leagues”. Experience the Lenzerheide holiday region - rooted in its traditions and at the same time open to modern world.

Show dairy Tschugga

In the show dairy of the alpine restaurant Tschugga, in Parpan, the secrets of cheese making will be disclosed to you. Learn everything related to cheese production and make your own cheese. After a maturing time in the cheese cellar of about three weeks, your cheese will be delivered to your home. You will need about two hours' time and some endurance as well. Suitable for groups or families, children from 7 years of age.

Meat drying plants

Once dried meat was in Europe one of the staple foods for mountain farmers. Meanwhile, it has become one of the most expensive cuts of meat. In the Grisons, people take pride in their regional dried meat, which is made from pure beef.

The Brügger family still produce their Grisons high-quality meat in a traditional way. During a tour of the Brügger premises, visitors are granted a fascinating insight into production.

In the Bischofberger meat drying plant, the popular local specialties are still made without technical and chemical additives. After an informative, interesting tour of the drying plant, you will be invited to taste a fine Grisons specialty plate and a glass of wine. 

The Origen Festival Cultural

The name Origen is Rhaeto-Romanic and means genesis, origin, creation. Accordingly, the programme of the festival is a commitment to the cultural power of a trilingual region which thrives on cultural exchange. The cultural institution Origen implements the annual Origen Festival Cultural in he Grisons and primarily dedicates itself to the promotion and production of new, professional musical theatre. Origen has its own house: Riom Castle, which was converted into a theatre and inaugurated in 2006. Origen is a vital witness of a lively language community daring to embark on cultural adventures over and over again. The festival has been held every summer since 2008. 

Grisons Museum of Fine Arts in Chur

The collection of the Grisons Museum of Fine Arts comprises some 8,000 works from all areas of fine arts, from the 18th century to the present day, mainly by artists from the Grisons or Swiss artists. A part of the collection is on permanent display at Villa Planta. With extensive work groups, Angelika Kauffmann, Giovanni Segantini, Augusto Giacometti, Giovanni Giacometti, Alberto Giacometti, Ferdinand Hodler, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, the “Red-Blue” Group but also contemporary artists like Matias Spescha, Lenz Klotz, Not Vital, H. R. Giger, Pascale Wiedemann, Jules Spinatsch, Zilla Leutenegger or Gabriela Gerber/Lukas Bardill are represented. In the adjoining building, around five to six exhibitions on contemporary and historical themes are held every year.

Kirchner Museum Davos

The Kirchner Museum Davos was opened in 1992 and boasts the largest collection of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner's works in the world. The museum building was designed by the Zurich architects Annette Gigon and Mike Guyer and, with its unadorned yet functional shape, has attracted a great deal of interest and attention in international architectural circles.  The museum is open all year round from Tuesday to Sunday. It is closed on Mondays.

Segantini Museum St. Moritz

Giovanni Segantini (1858-1899) is considered an important artist of realism and symbolism as well as a great innovator in alpine painting in the late 19th century. In 1894, the stateless artist moved from Savognin to Engadine, Maloja. As Segantini was working on the middle section of his Alpine triptych Nature - Life - Death on the Schafberg Mountain high above Pontresina, death overtook him surprisingly. As early as in 1908, the Segantini Museum was erected in honour of the artist in St. Moritz - where today the world largest group of the artist's works is assembled.

Belfort castle ruins

In summer 2012, the local museum Vaz/Obervaz opened a new herb garden in the Belfort castle ruins in Brienz/Brinzauls. Spice, medicinal and aromatic plants, which were probably already used in the Middle Ages, thrive in the historic ruins. An informative brochure on the herb garden is available at the entrance to the castle. The place that today is regarded as a dreamy destination, in the period from the 13th to the 14th century was a focal point of the political, legal and economic organisations of the country, and its walls were full of vibrant life. One of the main connecting roads wound its way in front of the castle gate. As many as 500 years ago, the Belfort castle was stormed and burnt prior to the Battle of Calven (1499). Since then the imposing building collapsed. On one hand, its restored ruins remind of the successful self-assertion of the leagues in the Swabian War; on the other hand they are also a memorial of their builders, the barons of Vaz, the once powerful noble family in Upper Raetia.

Exhibition of the Barons of Vaz in Brienz/Brinzauls

A small exhibition of amazing historical size gives an insight into the living habits of past generations. 

Local museum in Zorten

In the Vaz local museum, the life and works of the originally rural population from the early 20th century onwards, as well as the development of tourism up to the famous Lenzerheide Valbella spa, are shown. The collection includes folklore, agriculture, craftsmanship, church history, sports and tourism, a fully equipped blacksmith's and wainwright's workshop from Muldain, a mill from Zorten, a weaving room with a loom from Lain, which is used still today, a typical Maiensäss kitchen and numerous other objects. In the affiliated gallery "Sala Parpan", sculptures by Ferdinand Parpan, a sculptor and honorary citizen of Vaz/Obervaz, are exhibited. In addition to special exhibitions changing every year, also works by local artists can be seen here.

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