At home in Monstein
About the Walser village of Monstein
Monstein: a typical Walser village located 1,625 metres above sea level on a sun-kissed mountain slope. Many of the houses there are made of wood, and a few are even covered in traditional shingles made of larch. The 15 granaries, stalls and alpine buildings on site are typical of the culture of the Walser people who migrated here from Valais. The village landscape remains wonderfully preserved. Even so, Monstein isn’t a fusty old museum piece – this is a place full of life. Around 180 people call Monstein home – almost as many as back in 1689. The village is home to a comprehensive school, a post office in the village store, two restaurants (Hotel Ducan and Vetlinerstübli), three joiner’s workshops, five farms – and Monstein brewery, naturally.
Every label made for Monsteiner’s speciality beers features an illustration by Lorena Paterlini. After completing her Bachelor’s in Art Education and Master’s specialising in illustration at Zurich University of the Arts and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, the Grisons native returned to the mountains of her youth. This is where she now works as a freelance illustrator and alpine farmer.
Ornaments in the countryside
The granaries typical of a Walser community are slightly raised, having been built on stilts. This protected the grain stored there from mice and other rodents. Today, they are ornaments adorning the alpine landscape.
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