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Living at the Border

Living at the Border – the Rhaetian Triangle

Venosta Valley at the Border of Austria and Switzerland

In the Northwest, Venosta Valley lies at the frontier between two countries, the areas of Engadin and Val Muestair in Switzerland and the Inn Valley in Austria. Being located at a tri-boarder area has shaped the country and the people of Venosta Valley throughout history. Since 2007, the border regions of the three countries have been successfully working together through the trans-national program Terra Raetica.

The passes of the Upper Venosta Valley define the borders between the German-speaking Venosta Valley and the Rhaeto-Romanic speaking area of Graubuenden. Romansh was also spoken in Venosta Valley until the time of the Reformation, and in partly until as recently as the 19th century, meaning that many field names still have Raethian and even Celtic origins.

Today, there still exists the common Romanesque road, which boasts many treasures in the form of unique architectural gems on every side of the mutual borders.
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The cultivation of grain was once a central part of agriculture in the Upper Venosta Valley, and gave to the valley the nickname "the Granary of Tyrol".
 
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Traces of the Middle Ages in Venosta Valley. There are 40 castles located in the Venosta Valley cultural region, a reminder of its turbulent history.
 
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The Venosta Valley SkiCard is valid for all ski resorts in the Venosta Valley and provides access to five ski areas, 39 lift facilities and 133 km of slopes.
 
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Below the mystical Tarces hill in Upper Venosta Valley lies the historic town of Glorenza/Glurns, formerly the terminal of the regional salt trade.
Welcome to the Venosta Valley cultural region
Hike along ancient irrigation channels, partake of winter sports on glacial areas beneath impressive Alpine peaks or ride your bike along the Roman trade route Via Claudia Augusta. Relax in small villages and peaceful valleys with amiable hosts. Discover numerous cultural sites and the unique culinary delights of Venosta Valley.