Guarda, village in fairy tale

Left Müstair for a small village called Guarda in the Lower Engadine region.

Going to Guarda from Müstair, view on the Route 28.

Going to Guarda from Müstair, view on the Route 28.

Scenery between Müstair and Guarda

Scenery between Müstair and Guarda

Arrived at the village of Guarda.

Arrived at the village of Guarda.

Guarda is a municipality in Inn District in the Swiss canton of Graubünden. It has a population of 155 (in 2014).

Lower Engadin

Lower Engadin

The municipality is located in the Sur Tasna sub-district of the Inn district on a terrace above the left bank of the Inn River.

Guarda, going into the village of fairy.

Guarda, going into the village of fairy.

Guarda was awarded the Wakker Prize for the preservation of its architectural heritage in 1975.

Guarda Village Centre Map

Guarda Village Centre Map

Mountain trail of the village

Mountain trail of the village

Chasa Street, gentle ascent

Chasa Street, gentle ascent

Plazzetta Zuos Street

Plazzetta Zuos Street

Plazzetta and Stradun Street

Plazzetta and Stradun Street

Scenery of the Guarda village

Scenery of the Guarda village

The village in the mist.

The village in the mist.

I had lunch at the restaurant of Hotel Piz Buin, then strolled again in the town.

Hotel Piz Buin and Mount Piz Buin (Photos are from the hotel's brochure.)

Hotel Piz Buin and Mount Piz Buin (Photos are from the hotel’s brochure.)

Traditional house of this region with Sgraffito wall decors.

Traditional house of this region with Sgraffito wall decors.

Sgraffito is a technique of wall decor, produced by applying layers of plaster tinted in contrasting colours to a moistened surface then scratching so as to produce an outline drawing.

Vivid crimson blossom among the snow scene. What tree is it?

Vivid crimson blossom among the snow scene. What tree is it?

A well on a alley and the bus terminal of the village.

A well on a alley and the bus terminal of the village.

One of the most famous houses in the village.

One of the most famous houses in the village.

This house is typical in the village, which is called as Ursli’s house. Children’s story “A Bell for Ursli” set in Guarda is read by children all over the world.

The Book of A Bell for Ursli (Schellen-Ursli) and House of Ursli

The Book of A Bell for Ursli (Schellen-Ursli) and House of Ursli

Schellen-Ursli (A Bell for Ursli) in Romansh Original Uorsin, is a children’s story by the author Selina Chönz and the artist Alois Carigiet. It is one of the most famous picture books of Switzerland.

Guarda Village in the Book

Guarda Village in the Book (Picture postcard)

“High up in the mountains, far from here, there lives a little boy just like you, in this tiny village, poor and small, his home all alone below..” The opening sentence, the story begins…

Ursli must find a big cowbell so that he can lead the spring procession through his village, so he goes alone to his family’s chalet high up in the mountains.

Adventures of Ursli

Adventures of Ursli (Photos are from picture postcards)

Selina Chönz wrote the text, the illustrations are by Alois Carigiet. The book was published in 1945.

Present spring festival's procession in Guarda (Photos from Engadin Tourism)

Present spring festival’s procession in Guarda (Photos from Engadin Tourism)

Left the Ursil’s house, through a narrow street, for a small square.

The narrow street, the house has unique wall paintings.

The narrow street, the house has unique wall paintings.

Parish Church on the Plazzetta Square

Parish Church on the Plazzetta Square

Souvenir shop close to the church; There is a tourist information office in the opposite.

Souvenir shop close to the church; There is a tourist information office in the opposite.

Inside of the souvenir shop, cowbells, ceramic figurines and postcards

Inside of the souvenir shop, cowbells, ceramic figurines and postcards

Got out of the souvenir shop I begun stolling again. At that time, a strange thing happened. Ursli suddenly jumped out of an alley. No, probably his grandchildren. I called out to them in Romansh ” Buna saira (Hello or Good day).”

Very pretty grandchildren of Ursli.

Very pretty grandchildren of Ursli.

They stopped and looked up at me. I asked them “Wird ich dich nehmen unsere Fotos?” (May I take your photos.) (Is my German right?)

They posed for a phot.

They posed for a photo.

I said to them in Romansh “Glazia fitg and A revair (Thank you and Goodbye).” They soon vanished into the mist. Now I remember the scene and think it was a dream in fog.

Leaving the village of Guarda.

Leaving the village of Guarda.

At the outskirts of the village, there was statue of rooster. Rooster is the emblem of Guarda.

In the outskirts of the village, there was statue of rooster. Rooster is the emblem of Guarda.

A reverie in Guarda. Left for Davos.

Unique frescoes of Guarda

Unique frescoes of Gua

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