High above the Inn, far away from the road in the valley and the railway line, Guarda is in an exposed terraced area and beaming with the sun. The Engadin village fascinates and captivates the visitors like an open treasure chest: Selina Chönz and Alois Carigiet were inspired in 1945 by the 200-soul village and created here the story of Schellenursli.
With a keen sense of authenticity and passionate craftsmanship, residents can experience the fascination for all the senses. Guarda is a multiple venue, stylish open-air stage and placed in the best terrace location for the Swiss Baroque Festivals. The concerts in the village take place in centuries-old traditional Engadin houses as well as in the churches of Guarda and Giarsun.
The village of Guarda goes back in its present substance to the period of reconstruction after the Austrian storm of 1622. 1) According to Not Caviezel in the "Swiss Art Guide" published by the Society for Swiss Art History
From 1939 to 1945, about 30 old houses were restored by the Bündner Heimatschutz. The local architect Iachen Ulrich Könz had created 1937 to 1938 the renovation concept including budget. 2) Wikipedia
In 1975, Guarda received the prestigious Wakker Prize for the intact villagescape. Already for decades it has taken city fliers with grandiose and creative ideas right here - from fascination for the model village of Romanesque culture and tradition.