Langwies & Litzirüti
With the construction of the Langwies Viaduct in 1912 the world’s focus shifted to the small village of Langwies. Millions of people have been taking pictures of it and it has become an icon of the Schanfigg valley and the canton of Grisons. The bridge is a masterpiece built more than one hundred years ago. No one in the world had ever built such a high ferroconcrete bridge with a span of 284 metres. The ride over the viaduct by train is an impressive experience. The magnificence of the construction can also be admired by foot from the train station Langwies. And during a walk through the village the various views on the viaduct offer many different opportunities to take pictures.
On 14 May 1385 the bishop of Chur John II. conferred the chapel with an altar of Catherine and a cemetery, the sacrament of Holy Orders. Patroness of the chapel was the Blessed Virgin Mary. The construction of the late Gothic ceiling was only finished in 1488 by the master of church builders in the canton of Grisons Stephan Klain. He and his successor Andreas Bühler perfectly managed to create an elegant archway that is meant to bestow the calm and safety of the chapel on every worshipper.
The former school building Langwies was transformed into the Kulturhuus-Schanfigg (Culture House) thanks to the support of the municipality of Arosa and the Innovation Foundation of the canton of Grisons. The Kulturhuus-Schanfigg ist he cultural meeting point for locals and guests. The association maintains and fosters the original culture of Schanfigg in its traditional and contemporary form. In addition, the Kulturhuus contains the cultural archive of Schanfigg, the Raetica Library of the Sprecher family, Jenins and a library for kids and families. On a regular basis the association organises movie nights, readings, presentations and exhibitions. Come and dive into the fascinating story of the Schanfigg valley and the Wals settlers!
Walser Culture in the Fondei valley
"Liecht-Hengert" / Show dairy according to old tradition / Walser cultural tour
Liecht-Hengert: Immerse yourself in the legendary Walser culture and its stories. By candlelight and Schanfigger pear bread you listen to the stories of Myrtha and Hans Zippert.
Show dairy: Shefali Braun, a dairymaid, and Braida Trapp, an auxiliary cheese maker, make alpine cheese according to old traditions. Let yourself be initiated into the secret of cheese production. Stir with the crusher in the cheese kettle and taste the Fondei Alp cheese.
Walser cultural tour: Gaby Mattli-Hulftegger takes you on a tour of the Strassberg settlement. With a lot of heart and soul, the rooted Fondei woman conveys the Walser culture and the settlement in Fondei.