The Heidi House at Heidiland was apparently built to fit the description written about by Johanna Spyri.
The inside of the Heidi house is naturally far more interesting than the outside. Not a thing has been left out and you can even see the wheelchair used by Heidi's cousin Clara (who was unable to walk) when she came to visit the Alpen home. I must confess that my photos of the interior were a real disappointment but if you would like to see the inside you can do so:
When I saw it, I must admit that it reminded me quite a lot of the house as seen in one of the old Heidi movies. It is only one of the very attractive and interesting buildings in Heidiland. There is a fee to enter the house but not to enter Heidiland itself.
I think that I would not be the only one to say that my favourite part of Heidiland had to be meeting the little goats.
They are obviously very comfortable with the visitors and have no fear of the people or the cameras. They are obviously very well cared for as they look very healthy and sport lovely shiny coats. The kids especially loved them.
There are quite a few other buildings at Heidiland, all of which add to the lovely atmosphere.
Probably the most eyecatching is the Rathaus with its rose bushes and garden gnomes.
There is of course the souvenir and coffee shop and the Huhnerstall (Hen Coop)
Heidiland is believed to be the home of the fictional Heidi, the heroine of Johanna Spyri's famous books written in the late 19th century. I booked the tour to Heidiland with a little trepidation as I felt sure it would be yet another tourist trap. I was pleasantly surprised however, as this was definitely not the case. The little complex is set in the beautiful green and grassy hills overlooking Maienfeld and is pleasingly quiet and peaceful.
There are a few wonderful little buildings and of course, the obligatory souvenir and coffee shop not to mention the herd of goats.
Enjoy the wide wineyards,
but please do not steal grapes!!!
The vineyards have been expanding steadily since the seventies. Today there are some 319 hectares under vines between Fläsch and Bonaduz; the main vine growing area is and has always been concentrated in the Bündner Herrschaft. The peak yield was achieved in 1982 with a record of almost 2.8 million litres. Since then production has steadied at some 2 million litres. The vintners making their own wine account for a good 45% of this. in 1982 they had some 35 enterprises, with the figure rising to over 50 by 1992. Another 30 percent of the vine harvest is made in to wine by Swiss dealers and 25 percent are taken away and processed by outsiders.
The Bündner Rhine Valley is the warmest vine growing region in German-speaking Switzerland. The high Oechsle values achieved year for year by the vintners, the weather and of course the warm Föhn only confirm the top position. Naturally, noblesse oblige. The Bündner vintners are committed to awakening the most tempting potential slumbering in their grapes.
The Short Heidi Path
The railway station in Maienfeld (at an altitude of 510 metres) is the starting point for both the short (marked in red) and the long (marked in blue) Heidi paths. From there the way leads past Schloss Brandis castle through the narrow streets of the historic little town of Maienfeld (1). The path leaves the upper edge of the town to plunge into the vineyards where the grapes for the ripen for the aristocratic Blauburgunder wine. It soon reaches the Heidi Fountain (2). This landmark was created in 1953 by the artist Hans Walt in memory of Johanna Spyri, the author. If you do not feel like stopping at one of the numerous barbecue spots, you can continue towards Heidi Village (3) (altitude 660 m). The authentic Heidi House has been converted into a museum showing what it was like when Heidi lived here over a hundred years ago. From Heidi village the path continues past Rofels and back to Maienfeld
The long Heidi Path
If you want to visit the Heidi Alp as well, you branch off at the Heidi House and take the longer Heidi Path. This route takes you through the Luva forest, passes close to Peter the little goat herd’s house (4), to the Ochsenberg (altitude 1,111 m). There you come to the original Heidi Alp (5) where Heidi used to visit her dearly loved Grandfather and the goats. After a short climb to Kaltboden, a wonderful vantage point (6) you can start down for Jenins. This is where Johanna Spyri used to spend her holidays. As it leaves the picturesque vintner village the path runs past the monument to the Duc de Rohan, the famous 17th century warrior who brought the Blauburgunder grapes to Graubünden. There is a fascinating view of the Rhine Valley all the way back to Rofels. The circle closes at the this point and the long Heidi Path joins the shorter, red-marked path again.
Walk trough Maienfeld, enjoy the pretty old houses and the narrow streets.
Many buildings are several hundred years old and nicely renovated.
Already the Romans had been settling down here, and since 2000 years mankind is growing wine here.
Since I was a child I wanted to visit Heidi's home.
My job gave me now the opportunity to go to Switzerland - beautifull!!!