Davos Klosters LogoSports Unlimited Logo
On the tracks of the Walsers

On the tracks of the Walsers

Tradition & History

Tip: 800 years of Klosters
Klosters celebrates its 800th anniversary in 2022. Under the motto "Walser Pride and World Stories", the focus is on Walser culture.

Learn more

Living Walser culture in Davos Klosters

Around 700 years ago, families from the Valais left their homeland. They migrated across the Alps. Many settled in what is now Graubünden - and became Walsers. Today, their culture and customs still shape the destination of Davos Klosters.

Was it due to overpopulation or natural disasters? There is no evidence as to why Valais mountain farmers climbed over the passes in the 13th century to settle in inhospitable mountain regions. What is clear, however, is that it is largely thanks to the hard-working Walser settlers that large parts of Graubünden were made arable in the late Middle Ages. No wonder: with their forest clearances, alpine farming and typical scattered settlements, they shaped the landscape. The sovereigns called them Walser and gave them special freedoms. This made them free and independent compared to other population groups. This was also evident in the construction of settlements.

Eight tips,
to experience the Walser culture

One

Visit the Nutli Hüschi Museum in Klosters

Visit the Nutli Hüschi Museum in Klosters The Nutli Hüschi was built in 1565 by Christian Nutli. Today the old Walser house is a village museum. It presents furniture, tools and toys from the 16th to 19th centuries as a permanent exhibition. Immerse yourself in the traditional way of life of the Walsers.

Learn more

Two

Join in or watch the Walser games

"Hürnä", "Mischlä", "Botschärrä" or "Holz sagä": The Walser Games are unique. The Walser Games are organized under the patronage of the International Association for Walserism. The next edition will be held again in 2024.

Learn more

Three

Hike the Walser Trail Graubünden

This long-distance hiking trail stretches along historic hiking paths for around 300 kilometres through remote Walser communities and valleys. You can carry your own luggage or book an offer with luggage transport and overnight stay.

Learn more

Four

Meet new and old on the "Gadäwäg" in Klosters

The typical field stables bear witness to the work of the mountain farmers. In Klosters these stables are called "Gadä". Five of them have been converted along the "Gadäwäg" hiking trail from Monbiel to Russna and offer stagings all about history, culture and nature.

Learn more

Five

Visit the side valley of Sertig on the vintage car tour

The Davos side valley of Sertig is a popular destination for excursions because of its striking mountains, Walser houses and waterfall. In the Sertig village at 1,861 m above sea level, the little church built in 1699 is well worth a visit. Tip: Oldtimer trip to Sertig as part of our summer guest programme.

Learn more

Six

Marvel at typical Walser architecture in Klosters

In Klosters, a detour to Monbiel is worthwhile. It is the last Walser village in the Prättigau region and is inhabited all year round. Stop there at the Höhwald restaurant. Another highlight is the Walser village by the lake in Schlappin with the Berghaus Erika restaurant.

Seven

Stroll through the typical Walser village of Monstein

Monstein is a little gem with wooden houses and storehouses on posts. At the "Gretahuus", built in 1644 and located to the left of the brewery, look out for an opening above the living room that is closed with a shutter. A "soul beam". This was only opened to make it easier for the soul of a deceased person to find its way into the afterlife.

Eight

Become a member of the Walser Association Graubünden

Around 2300 people are already members of the Walser Association Graubünden. They are Walsers from Graubünden as well as people from all over Switzerland and abroad who are interested in Walser culture. Members receive the "Walser Agenda" with information about events and news.

Learn more

Nostalgic trip to the Brewery Monstein
Nostalgic trip to the Brewery Monstein

Nostalgic trip to the Brewery Monstein

from CHF 5.-

This activity is only available in German!

Book
Vintage Car Trip to Sertig Valley
Vintage Car Trip to Sertig Valley

Vintage Car Trip to Sertig Valley

from CHF 5.-

This activity is only available in German!

Book
Get in touch with us directly by Live Chat
Contact us via WhatsApp!
1.

Set up a contact for our phone number
+41 81 415 21 88

2.

Write your question directly via WhatsApp.

Please note: we respond to your questions during opening hours of the tourist office .

Plan and book