From Clavadel we follow the road for a while, and then we turn off for Sertig Dörfli (“Little Village of Sertig”) as indicated by a signpost. As far as Boden farm we walk along a wide path. From Boden onwards, we continue on a lovely path along the right side of the Sertig Valley. In some places the path goes up the mountainside, but it is comfortable and pleasant to walk. At times we hike through larch and pine woods. Again and again we have a beautiful view down through the valley to the striking mountain peaks that close off the back of the valley: Mittagshorn, Plattenflue and Hoch Ducan.
At the end of the woodlands, at a place called die Eggen, we go onto wide, slightly sloping pasture-land. Further on, on level ground, is the little Alpine village of Sertig. The simple white village church with its pointed spire is a notable feature. In the village, we can stop for refreshment at the “Bergführer” restaurant. We can also keep on hiking on the level ground till we reach the “Kurhaus”, and stop there for a snack. A further jaunt to the waterfall at the back of the valley is also worthwhile. In the Spring, you will see a sea of white crocus blooming in the meadow land around the village. In early summer we find, further on, islands of gentian, bird's-eye primrose and other Alpine flowers. It takes about half an hour to get from Sertig to the Waterfall.
Getting there: By rail to Davos-Platz, then by PostBus to Davos/Clavadel.
Getting back: By post-bus from Sertig Dörfli to Davos, then by rail to Chur.
How the Little Church Was Built “Behind the Eggen”: In the mid-thirteenth century, the population known as the Free Walsers migrated from Wallis to the Davos region, including the Sertig Valley. The hard struggle for survival there forced them to cooperate and help each other. The inhabitants of “Behind the Eggen” formed a small but active community. Towards the end of the 17th century, this community counted 86 souls. The areas of Dörfli, Sand, Chleinalpen, Grossalpen, Suzi and Wasserfall belonged to the the tract of land “Behind the Eggen”. The people here all belonged to the parish of Frauenkirch. During the winter, and when the weather was bad, the long trek to Frauenkirch was a hazardous undertaking. Floods, landslides and avalanches were apt to make the passage difficult if not impossible.
Accordingly, at the beginning of the year 1899, the inhabitants of “Behind the Eggen” decided to build their own church. On application, they received a grant from the local government in Davos. The secretary and later head of the local government, Jakob von Valär, who himself lived “Behind the Eggen”, gifted the land to build the church on. He encouraged the building project and eventually managed it himself.
All work was done on a local voluntary basis. The building materials were near at hand: sand, gravel, stone and wood. Everyone who had any strength laid their hand to the work. As a result of all this, the building was completed without the community being saddled with a debt.
The models for the building were the churches in Frauenkirch and Glaris. A simple, clear sort of architecture and interior design reflected the faith and the way of life of the people “Behind the Eggen”.
In this little church, several times renovated but standing in its original form, the community still holds Sunday worship, weddings and harvest thanksgiving festivals.
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