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Vermunt Valley

by Theresa König last modified 2007-02-19 13:24

Vermunt Valley

South of the small moor, there is a popular viewpoint along the mountain ridge which is unobtrusively marked by a bench.  Keep in mind that halfway between the Innertafamunt and Lake Wiege, you can take a rest.  Above all, enjoy the view of the lower and Swiss Vermunt, a part of the valley in front of the impressive mountains with their peaks covered by glaciers.  If you could see the last 20,000 years in fast motion, the scenery in the valley would be even more impressive.
The wastelands from Vermunt were uninhabited for thousands of years after the ice age.  Even when pre-historic man found himself up here, he didn’t settle here.  The scattered finds from the Bronze Age discovered in the upper Gargellen Valley, don’t point to settlement either.  They are more connected to the easy crossing points.  Up until now, no finds of this kind have been discovered in Vermunt, instead, other revealing “documents” have been found.  In order to understand them we need to remind you that these high valleys from the south and over the passes were discovered and opened up.  The process was quite simple.  The settlers from the lower Engadin in Ardez (Steinsberg) or Guarda, for example, immediately pressed out – first to the sunny side of the Silvretta valleys, and they settled at the end of the valleys where they opened up to the south; the first places to be free of snow in the spring and early summer.  As soon as the snow melted they drove their cattle up there to graze for the summer.  As the number of cattle and with that their wealth grew, they started looking for new pastures. 
The Silvretta passes were the closest places to see if maybe on the other side there were other suitable pastures to be found.  This is how they found themselves in Fimbertal and Jam and the most beautiful part, Vermunt, which was also called Valmunt or Valmont which means “mountain valley”.  Today, it is called by its original name – Vermunt.


P09-1 Vermunt Valley.mp3

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