Engadine houses

Engadine

Sankt Moritz: St. Moritzersee

Sankt Moritz: St. Moritzersee

Sankt Moritz: St. Moritzersee - Ausblick Hotel Schweizerhof

Sankt Moritz: St. Moritzersee - Ausblick Hotel Schweizerhof

Sankt Moritz: Dorf - Hotel Badrutt's Palace mit St. Moritzersee

Sankt Moritz: Dorf - Hotel Badrutt's Palace mit St. Moritzersee

Sankt Moritz: Corviglia, Audi quattro Bar - Snowpark

Sankt Moritz: Corviglia, Audi quattro Bar - Snowpark

Sils: Furtschellas

Sils: Furtschellas

Sankt Moritz: Corviglia, Piz Nair - Audi Ski Run

Sankt Moritz: Corviglia, Piz Nair - Audi Ski Run

Sils: La Chazza - Lake Sils - Lake Silvaplana - Piz Corvatsch

Sils: La Chazza - Lake Sils - Lake Silvaplana - Piz Corvatsch

Sankt Moritz: Engadin - Ausblick Kulm Hotel

Sankt Moritz: Engadin - Ausblick Kulm Hotel

Sankt Moritz: Schweizerhof Bad

Sankt Moritz: Schweizerhof Bad

Sankt Moritz: St. Moritzer - See mit - Dorf

Sankt Moritz: St. Moritzer - See mit - Dorf

Sils: Lake Sils - St. Moritz

Sils: Lake Sils - St. Moritz

Sankt Moritz: Hauser's Webcam Richtung Corvatsch

Sankt Moritz: Hauser's Webcam Richtung Corvatsch

Sankt Moritz: Corviglia, Corviglia Blick Richtung St Moritzersee

Sankt Moritz: Corviglia, Corviglia Blick Richtung St Moritzersee

Sils: Engadin St. Moritz - Hotel Waldhaus II

Sils: Engadin St. Moritz - Hotel Waldhaus II

Sankt Moritz: Muottas Muragl, Oberengadiner Seenlandschaft

Sankt Moritz: Muottas Muragl, Oberengadiner Seenlandschaft

Sankt Moritz: Engadin - Clavadatsch Hütte

Sankt Moritz: Engadin - Clavadatsch Hütte

Sankt Moritz: Corviglia, Oberengadiner Seenlandschaft

Sankt Moritz: Corviglia, Oberengadiner Seenlandschaft

Sankt Moritz: Muottas Muragl, Blick Richtung Corviglia

Sankt Moritz: Muottas Muragl, Blick Richtung Corviglia

Sankt Moritz: Muottas Muragl, Blick Richtung Golfplatz Samedan

Sankt Moritz: Muottas Muragl, Blick Richtung Golfplatz Samedan

Sankt Moritz: Muottas Muragl, v.l.n.r. Piz Palü 3901 m.ü.M Piz Bernina 4049 m.ü.M. Piz Tschierva 3546 m.ü.M

Sankt Moritz: Muottas Muragl, v.l.n.r. Piz Palü 3901 m.ü.M Piz Bernina 4049 m.ü.M. Piz Tschierva 3546 m.ü.M

Sankt Moritz: Muottas Muragl, Standseilbahn Muottas Muragl

Sankt Moritz: Muottas Muragl, Standseilbahn Muottas Muragl

Thanks to their proud architecture, the Engadine houses with their mighty stonewalls and funnel-shaped windows are impressive at first glance. Their soul, however, lies in their artistic decorations, the Sgraffiti.

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Massive walls, deep-set wall-to-wall windows and an archway are typical features of an Engadine house. But what make each Engadine house unique are the Sgraffiti on the plastered facades. The word is derived from the Italian “sgraffiare” (to scratch) and refers to the technique of the traditional craft which migrating workers brought to the Upper Engadine as early as the 16th Century.

Proverbs, patterns and drawings are engraved in the wet plaster. Their effect is not achieved through color but via the intricate interplay of light and shadow. Not infrequently, Sgraffiti reveals something about the occupants of the house. Visitors hear these stories on a guided tour; in some places they can even try their hand at this art. Especially beautiful are the ornaments on the facades of houses in Guarda, which won the Wakker Prize in 1975 for its beauty.

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