The Regional Nature Park Biosfera Val Müstair

Wednesday, 25 April 2012
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The Regional Nature Park Val Müstair (Switzerland)

 The Regional Nature Park Biosfera Val Müstair, UNESCO biosphere reserve since June 2010 (common with SNP) represents a sort natural of buffer zone for both of the old and important protected core zones of the National Parks Swiss and Stelvio/I. Since January 2011 it is recognized regional nature park of national importance.

This evolution is founded on a strong mobilization of its population, in which the acceptance of the nature Park was democratically approved in 2007 by 88%. One of the most important administrative steps was the unit of 6 municipalities since January 2009.

The various economic structures in Val Müstair are widespread; nevertheless tourism represents the highest potential of economic growth.

The intact landscape in Val Müstair offers a high quality of life. The river Rombach, one of the last free-flowing main valley rivers in Switzerland, and a high number of biologically-managed agricultural farms (80%) suggest a conscious and active cooperation of the valley inhabitants in the service of the natural resources. 

 The culture offer is also considerable: the internationally known UNESCO World Cultural Heritage St. Johann Monastery, an important number of museums and also the undamaged sites with the magnificent houses decorated with graffito are always a feast for the eyes for the visitor. The traditional language of Val Müstair is Romansch, to be precise “Jauer”. The language is officially spoken in everyday life and has remained alive up to the present.



Center da Biosfera - Chasa Cumünala
7532 Tschierv
Tel. +41 (0)8 18 50 09 09
Fax +41 (0)8 18 50 13 13

E-Mail: info@biosfera.ch
Homepage: www.biosfera.ch

Park's identity card:

Name of protected area

Regional Nature Park Biosfera Val Müstair

Managing enterprise (if different)

Biosfera Val Müstair/Münstertal



Area (ha)


Year of creation


IUCN category


Legal basis

Regional nature park with national importance

Included regions

Val Müstair

Number of municipalities

1 (in 2009 an amalgamation of the existing 6 communities)

Highest point (m)


Lowest point (m)

3.180 (Piz Murtaröl)


1'641 habitants (2008)

Forest surface

5.023 ha

Glacier surface


Pasture surface

4.704 ha

Prevailing landscape types

Glacier forelands, Bogland, Floodplains, dry Grassland, Natural grassland and meadows, Farmland, Sruce, Larch, Arolla pine and extensive moutainpine forests, Barren moutain landscape

Emblematic fauna

Western Capercaillie, Black Grouse, Rock Ptarmigan, Golden eagle, Eurasian Eagle-owl, Roe Deer, Red Deer, chamois, Alpine Ibex

Emblematic flora

Lady's-slipper orchid; dark red helleborine, european common twayblade, frog orchid, fragrant orchid, sweetest orchid, small white orchid, black vanilla orchid, red vanilla orchid, false musk orchid, flecked marsh orchid, western marsh orchid, fly orchid, early coralroot, rhaetian poppy, spanish catchfly, tufted catchfly, alpine bells, prostrate cinquefoil, dragonmouth, Dillenius' speedwell, Senecio gaudinii

Major touristic attractions

Mountain lake "Lai da Rims", Benedictine monastery "St. Johann", traditionel villages, local history museum "Chasa Jaura", hand weaving factory "Tessanda Val Müstair"

Information center(s) (quanitity, name, topics)

Center da Biosfera Val Müstair in Tschierv

Web site


Number of employees



By Vereina - Tunnel-Ofenpass or from Italy by Vinschgau (Sudtyrol) 

Further information:

Biosphere reserve Val Müstair

Swiss Federal Administration

Swiss Parks Network

ALPARC - The Alpine Network of Protected Areas

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