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Paznaun Valley

by Theresa König last modified 2007-02-19 14:17

Paznaun Valley

The important historical connecting point of the Paznaun Valley should not be underestimated.  This was the axis point where you could access various passages to the north, east, west and south.  The Paznaun is bordered by the Verwall Group in the north and west.  In the east it is bordered by the Samnaun Group and in the south by the Silvretta Group.  The Silvretta Group is bound by the following four passes and the connecting rivers:
The Flüelapass at 2,389 meters in the south, the Schlappinerjoch at 2,200 meters to the west, the Fimberpass in the east which lies at an altitude of 2,389 meters and the 1,488 meter high Zeinisjoch to the north.  All four crossings can be reached by historical path connections from the Inner Paznaun Valley, whereby the easiest crossing point from the inner valley over the Zeinisjoch leads from Galtuer to Partenen.  Besides the Fimberpass which leads to the south east into the Val Sinestra and Sent in Engadin, there were two other crossovers that were important for the settlement of the Paznaun Valley.  The valley was ultimately settled starting not at the Inntal or over the low pass at Zeinisjoch, but over the high passes from the south.  While the Futschoelpass at 2,798 meters above sea level leads to the south Tasna  Valley and Ardez, the Vermuntpass at 2,797 meters which also ran south included the Tuoi Valley and Guarda which are also south of the Silvretta.  The Klosterpass at 2,751 meters and the Rote Furka at 2,688 meters above sea level take you west to Klosters in Praetigau.  The Zeblasjoch at 2,539 meters, leads to our neighbours to the east in the Samnaun Valley.


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