The vivid mountain farmer and craftsmen village

In the old days the „Peister Meister“ (Masters of Peist) were world famous. The traces of the golden ages of the „Peister Meister“ are well visible when walking through the village. Still nowadays handicraft and agriculture determine the cycle of life. The rhythmic blow of the hammer and the singing sound of the saw can still be heard from the workshops. During the day the people of Peist are professional and hardworking, in the evening however, everyone meets for “Hengert” and enjoys telling local stories and legends to visitors.
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Craftsmen from Peist used to be very famous for their special skills and craftsmanship. It gave them the respectful nickname of „Peister Meister“ (Masters of Peist). The village had gunsmiths, dyers, accountants, bell solders, „schädler“, tailors, carpenters, cobblers and wagon builders. The following short portraits not only provide an insight into the individual works but also into the life of people who lived in the secluded Grisons village a long time ago.

to the Peister Meister
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Peister Alp

The ascent to Peister Alp will be richly rewarded! Lush mountain meadows, a fantastic panoramic view, cows and cattle Alps and award-winning Alpine cheese await you. The joyful Peister Alpine Festival with dancing, singing and conviviality takes place every two years. With the traditional alp-descent in September (the return of the cattle from the mountain back down into the valley) the mountain summer is given its appropriate goodbye.

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Church Peist

In 1874 a big fire destroyed many houses, stables and also the church of Peist. The stone houses that were built as a result of the fire show the impact of the catastrophe. In 1876/1877 the church was rebuilt. The protestant church with its prominent onion tower is now under historic preservation. In the inside you find an artfully crafted coffered ceiling.

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