Sils in Engadin is a municipality in the district of Maloja, Upper Engadine in the Swiss canton of the Grisons. The municipality consists of two villages Sils Maria and Sils Baselgia. Sils has a population of 768 (in 2014).
Arrived at Sils-Maria and walking across a small bridge over a brook into the main street of the village.
German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche lived in the house during the summers of 1881 and 1883 to 1888.
Nietzsche really loved this village. Here is a part of his letter. “Dear old friend, now I’m back in the Upper Engadine, for the third time, and again I feel that here and nowhere else is my right home and breeding ground.” (Friedrich Nietzsche to Carl von Gersdorff, Sils-Maria, in late June 1883)
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844 – 1900) was a German philosopher, cultural critic, poet, and Latin and Greek scholar whose work has exerted a profound influence on Western philosophy and modern intellectual history.
I asked “Was machen Sie?” She replied “Ich machte Schneemann!” “Was ist das Schneemann?” She said “Wildleutchen!” I didn’t know wildleutchen.
According to the legend; Once upon a time, when Sils-Maria was still called Seglias-Majoria, the village was peaceful and rich dairy farming. Travelers journeying over the Maloja Pass changed their horses here, healed fatigue and bought barrels of salted lake trout from the local fishermen – melting snow caused the lake and the River Inn to burst their banks, flooding the meadows and the forest and cutting off the Village from the rest of the world.
When the little goblin-like creatures known as “Wildleutchen” who lived there discovered that the storage cellars of the people of Seglias were also under water and that the inhabitants were starving, they decided to come to their rescue. As the Wildleutchen could neither fly nor swim, they came up with a very unusual mode of transport to carry food to the residents. They packed the food into balls of larch needles, placed them onto the water, and the reliable Maloja wind carried them across the lake to the hungry people.
These “Silserkugeln” (Sils balls) can still be seen in the autumn, when the larch trees lose their needles.