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Favorite Dish: We enjoyed the "Bündner Gerstlsuppe" (Barley Soup), a very popular soup in the Grischun. But we enjoyed of course also an other barley product, the beer from the Calanda brewery.
Written Nov 2, 2006
The Postal buses are *the* mode of transportation in the Müstair valley. The buses run hourly from Zernez (where you connect to the Rhatian Railway) over the Pass dal Fuorn to Mals in Italy (where you connect to the train to Merano) and serve every village on the valley floor.
In Fuldera you can change to a smaller Postal bus that runs up to the hamlet Lü, a great starting point for hikes.
In Sta. Maria you can connect to a Postal bus to Umbrail Pass and one to Val da Vau, both only running once or twice a week and meant for hikers.
The schedules of the buses are co-ordinated with the railways, changes are going smoothly.
Written Jul 23, 2011
Photo Equipment: As you will certainly pay a visit to the church and want to take photos of the frescos I highly recommend to bring a very good camera and definitely a tripod. I was totally amazed that taking photos is allowed and even free, but of course NO FLASH! Inside the church it is quite dark so the tripod is a must.
Written Jul 23, 2011
Lü is a small village high above the Val Müstair valley surrounded of wonderful larch trees forests. From Lü a short and pleasant walk high above the valley leads to Alp Champatsch.
Updated Oct 28, 2007
The Müstair valley offers hiking trails in abundance: You can choose anything from easy walks to challenging tours to mountain summits.
A nice option for beginners are the walking paths between the villages, they are easy and pretty short with the bus providing transportation if you have enough. You'll want to start at the uppermost village, Tschierv, and finish in Müstair (leaving Lü out, which nestles on a sunny terrace high up).
Another option for easy hikes is the trail along the northern (sunny) side of the valley that leads from Pass dal Fuorn (2149 m) with a little up and down high up through loose forests, over Alpine pastures with cows and huts, via the hamlet Lü and more pastures down to Müstair or Sta. Maria - calculate about 5-6 hours.
More challenging, but still easy, are the hikes over passes from Müstair valley to S-charl where you catch a bus to Scuol, return by train to Zernez and bus to Müstair valley. Options are the hike from Pass dal Fuorn via Fuorcla Funtana da S-charl (did that and loved it) or from Lü via Pass da Costainas (plan to do that hike). Both hikes take about 4:30 h.
Finally, the more challening hikes to summits - Piz Daint (2968 m) is a relatively moderate hike, start is at Pass dal Fuorn. 3 hours to the summit, 2:30 back. Piz Umbrail (3033 m) and Punta Rosa (3026 m) are still summits for hikers if you use the bus that runs twice per week in summer from St. Maria to Pass Umbrail - otherwise it is a really long tour.
Equipment: Hiking boots are a must. Poles recommended but not a must. Definitely have a map (Kümmerly & Frey recommended).
Bring enough food and water. Sunscreen is a must, too.
Written Jul 24, 2011
Favorite thing: Each of the villages has its charm. All of them are quite authentic, real villages where economy is based on agriculture and craftwork. When taking the bus to the Müstair valley you will pass through all these villages (except Lü which nestles on a sunny terrace high up): Tschierv, Valchava, Fuldera, Sta. Maria and Müstair.
Sta. Maria and Müstair are the largest of them with the latter having a few more hotels and restaurants but in proper size and with local style and charm, catering to the visitors of the convent. Sta. Maria is the traffic hub of the valley where the pass road to the Umbrail pass starts, thus relatively busy. As it was affected by fires in the past it is probably the village with the least charm - which doesn't mean much.
The new main road bypasses the other three villages, thus these were able to fully preserve their charm and quaintness. Highly recommended for a walk!
The style of the houses is similar to that in the neighbouring Engadine. However, in the Müstair valley you'll see less sgraffiti and more painted facades, influence of nearby Tyrol.
Written Jul 23, 2011