Anyone planning a wedding in the mountains often imagines a romantic mountain church or chapel in an idyllic location. This is exactly what wedding enthusiasts will find in Davos Klosters. The most popular three wedding churches include the one in the side valley of Sertig, the new one in the Walser village of Monstein or the church in Frauenkirch. All 15 churches and chapels have one thing in common: they are not only suitable for a wedding, they are also popular sights.
After registering in the app and providing information on means of transport and time resources, the app suggests routes to find your way around Davos with its 15 sacred buildings. Each church is assigned its own theme in the form of a hashtag. At first glance, the chosen terms such as #fashion, #catastrophe or #recycling are surprising, as they are not directly associated with churches or religion. Yet the sometimes cheeky, modern and unusual combinations make one thing above all: curious. And this is precisely one of the app's strengths. It introduces visitors to historical, social or cultural topics playfully. Well-known people such as the Graubünden cabaret artist Flurin Caviezel are involved in the content such as short films, photos and audio contributions. His voice guides you through the diversity of Davos' churches.
The app also uses augmented reality elements. For example, the frescoes on the church walls suddenly come to life and tell a story. In short: an interactive experience. In each church there is also a small puzzle via QR code to complete the digital puzzle passport. Those who have answered all the questions correctly can collect a prize at the end from the Destination Davos Klosters information office. Good to know: The QR codes are still in production and will soon be available in the churches.
The app “aCross Davos” is a project of the Association of Christian Churches in Davos (AKiD). Representatives from tourism, church and society were looking for an idea that combines the three cornerstones of “movement”, “experience” and “inspiration”. In a preliminary project, the Graubünden University of Applied Sciences, Information Sciences course, developed initial project proposals. From the two winning projects, a further collaboration with the FHNW in Brugg, Department of Computer Science, then attempted to incorporate the best ideas from these projects in order to enable a contemporary user experience with the app.