A short visit of Müstair

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Taste and travel @delishtreatsJuly 2019 · 4 min read

On the way back home from Naturns we spontaneously stopped in Müstair to stretch our legs, walk around the monastery and get some fresh air.

Müstair is a small village in the canton of Graubünden right after the border with Italy. It is the most eastern village of Switzerland and it is situated in Val Müstair and surrounded by the Ortler Range of the Alps.

People here speak Romansh and it was interesting to hear this language for the first time. There are only around 60000 people in Switzerland who speak Romansh and let me tell you that I couldn't understand a word. Luckily, people in this region speak either German or Italian too, so at the end we were able to order some meals and fill our bellies 😊

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It was late to go to the monastery as it was closing in 30 minutes, but we didn't mind that much as we didn't want to stay too long because we had to drive for another 3 hours and there was enough to see in the village anyway.

The church of St. John dates back to the 8th century. The monastery as we see it today is a mixture of different buildings and styles built over the centuries. Because of the different styles it doesn't even look like a monastery but it looks more like residential buildings were built around the church.

In 1983, the complex was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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We couldn't enter the exposition, but we could at least enjoy the monastery garden. To get there we had to walk around the monastery as not all buildings are connected.

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Here we are! I was not as big as I expected but it was still charming...

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I found many beautiful flowers in the monastery garden. The average temperature here is lower than in our region so we could see flowers that were blooming earlier this year in Schaffhausen. It was nice to see them again.

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We were getting hungry so we headed to the village and hoped we would find a place where we could order something to eat. All restaurants were closed, but we were lucky and found a hotel that was open. It's in that yellow building.

While we were eating our meals, it started to rain. The distance to get back to our car was about 1 km and we didn't want to get wet because we still had a long drive ahead of us.

Luckily, we didn't have to wait for too long until it stopped raining.

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We hurried back to the car as we could see heavy clouds not that far away from us.

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I wish I had an umbrella like they do 😊 We managed to get to the car just on time before it started to rain again.

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It was a short but enjoyable visit of Müstair and I'm sure that we will come back to visit the monastery.

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I hope you have enjoyed our walk!

Thank you for reading,

Cheers,
Martina


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The first pic could easily be a postcard. Its so beautiful looking at this tiny village with the mountains in the background. It is nice to see how simple some places seem to be, compared with the hustle and bustle of the big cities. I prefer this over big cities myself, so this is right up my ally!

And I still want to let you know that you its amazing how there is no garbage anywhere (and of course no people too)... That isn't common here in the US for sure.

Great post as always, I'm always impressed :)


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I also prefer these small places. They are not crowded and you can enjoy much better than in the big cities. I used to live in Prague which is a big city in Europe but still very small in comparison to the US cities and I didn't feel myself. I loved the architecture and history but that hustle was killing me.

Hahaha, yes, Switzerland take care of what they have. It's nice to look at it but when you have that small super noisy car cleaning the streets passing your street every day at 6.30 AM then you wish that it wouldn't be so clean :D


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lol I've never even seen that cleaning car... and when I lived in NYC, while it wasn't littered everywhere, there was no way it was that clean... EVER!


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I guess it's a must to stop and have some fresh air in Mustair :) Charming Swiss village and picturesque surroundings, perfect spot for a monastery, unfortunately closed but the flowers were divine. What a beautiful end for your birthday trip! Didn't knew about Romansh language existence until now, I'm learning a lot from your posts Martina.


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It indeed is :) There are so many charming places in Switzerland and I wish I had more time to see them all :)

That's so lovely to hear! Every day is a school day :) It's just a small group and that's why many people don't know about it but it is one of the official languages of Switzerland. However those people have to learn other languages too as otherwise no one would understand them :)


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What a lovely village. I have heard of Romansh, but have not heard it spoken. Your flower photos are quite wonderful!


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I think I wouldn't know that it's Romansh if I would hear it again :) it's just so different to everything that my ear is used to..

Thanks a lot! I'm glad that you like them!


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Wow what a lovely little gem of a place, Muestair ! Those flower shots that you took are very beautiful, @delishtreats ! It makes me happy to see such colours and beauty on my screen <3

The buildings and layout of the town are very charming, as well, I think you really captured Muestair's appeal with this post <3 Gorgeous article, I sure will look forward when you do return to visit the Monastery of Muestair in the future :D


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Thank you for your kind words spider! Those flowers were so beautiful and I tried my best to somehow capture how pretty they were :) so I'm very happy that you like them.

Hahaha, I hope I will be able to return soon :)


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phortun
phortun @phortunAugust 2019

Ach to Švýcarsko je nádherné :) Budu se tam muset někdy vydat na výlet. Zatím znám jen letiště v Curychu :D


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Tak mi urcite daj vediet, ked sa k nam vyberies :) mozem ti dat nejake tipy na vylety, ktore budu urcite lepsie ako letisko :)


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phortun
phortun @phortunAugust 2019

Jasné, díky moc :))


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These small towns are jewels, it's clear why they are a UNESCO world heritage site! Very beautiful photos of the colorful flowers 👌 too


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Thank you for your kind words! I like these small places as they are not crowded with tourists but still beautiful :)


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What a lovely small town! Its narrow streets and street art are so beautiful! Oh, and small monastery garden is a great finding :)

I've never heard of Romansh, but I googled and they don't have a few letters in their alphabet! Amazing!


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Actually, the official language is artificial. It was created just so that they can write documents. People anyway speak dialects and the official language is more less not used. Or at least this is what I've heard.

I've noticed that you have some great posts going on but I don't have much time to check as I'm traveling (I just quickly logged in to answer the comments). I will check your profile as soon as I'm back on Sunday! :)


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Reminds a little bit history of Ivrit (Hebrew language).

And don't worry, traveling is THE BEST reason to be absent on Steem :))) Have an excellent time!!


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janton
Jonboy @jantonAugust 2019

Howdy Martina! hey did ya'll see any monks around? The garden flowers were spectacular! Romansh huh? Never heard of it of course but that's very interesting too. And there's another ancient structure, 8th century! Wow, that's amazing. Plus every city that you show is absolutely spotless! That's a very interesting place and the location is so picturesque!


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Good morning cowboy! Not in this particular monastery. But there are plenty that I visited before and I saw monks. I even attended their prayers once in the Netherlands.

Every day is a school day John. I know almost nothing about the US so I have a lot to learn too :)

We do try to keep our place clean. But there is still some space for improvements. Recently I've been collecting some garbage from the forest as it was driving me crazy :)


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janton
Jonboy @jantonAugust 2019

Howdy again Martina! Oh, that sounds interesting about the prayer time with the monks! What was that like? Was there any music or they don't believe in music? I guess they didn't take a vow of silence did they? What language do they speak, Switzerland? lol.

People actually throw out garbage in the forest over there? I'm surprised and shocked. It's probably the people who moved in there, not the natives. Well, you guys wouldn't but you know what I mean. That would even drive me crazy! So you take a bag with you to put trash in?


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You are so curious! :) It depends on where you are in Switzerland. We have four languages.. well, I attended the prayer in the Netherlands and those guys actually took a vow of silence so the only time they speak is during the prayer. There was no music but they were kind of singing. It was very interesting and the atmosphere was serene. I was feeling sorry for them that they cannot speak, lol. I do speak a lot and can't imagine my life without words :D

Yeah, they do. Those are tourists from different countries. I think they don't care as it's not their country. But I would personally never do that anywhere in the world. And you are right with people who moved in here. There are certain countries (that I'm not going to name) that are not that clean so people are not used to keeping things clean and they don't kind of accept the culture here and continue living their lifestyle. That's how you get mess.

Yes, we have biodegradable bags that we're using for these things :) I try to limit my plastic use to the minimum. I'm that crazy person who goes to shop with own bags and boxes :D


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janton
Jonboy @jantonAugust 2019

Howdy Martina! Sorry for all the questions but like you said, we learn everyday and what a wonderful way to learn. I think it would be nice if you or I or anyone could get away to a monastery like that where they don't speak. I can just imagine the peaceful atmosphere with nothing going on except meditation and prayer. To be able to go there to get away from the stress and craziness of life.

Tourists suck. Not you when you are one but you know what I mean...the dumb ones who are clueless and trash the place. I would think that when they saw how clean your country was it would inspire them! Same with the immigrants.

We also take our own bags shopping! What material are your biodegradable gabs? Ours aren't biodegradable but I don't know if we will ever throw them away.


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No problem, I was just teasing you :)

Hahaha, especially not me :) Well, people don't care. And it's not only about environment. People are short sighted and usually don't see further then to the top of their nose. It's driving me crazy but I'm learning to manage my ego and understand why different people do different things.

Oh, I don't remember to be honest but it looks like plastic. I have thrown the package away so not sure about the name but will let you know next time I buy them :) I also have normal fabric ones that I take and then simply wash them when it's needed :) Cool, that you do it too! :)


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janton
Jonboy @jantonAugust 2019

Howdy again Martina! "further then to the top of their nose" lol..that is so funny. Yes people are idiots much of the time, sometimes just because they are clueless and other times because they don't care about anything and that second group are the ones that disgust me. No respect for anyone or anything.

But on a happy note, have a wondeful and blessed Sunday!


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What a lovely walk! I really enjoyed it. The flowers and architecture are beautiful. I was hoping to see pics of your meal too! What an adventure!


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Meals in Switzerland don't really look photogenic so I usually skip that part :)

Thank you for stopping by! :)


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