The story of Bever

The story of Bever

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The origin of the name Bever is uncertain. Perhaps it comes from “Biber”, the German word for beaver: this would make sense, given the unspoilt nature waiting to be discovered around this small mountain commune. The village itself is dominated by historic grand villas and stocky Engadin houses, but as you explore you stumble across quaint secluded corners, small windows let into thick walls and natural ice sculptures hanging from the roof gutters and staircases. The Gothic wall paintings in the church of San Giachem, dating from the 14th century, are unmatched worldwide. In summer, the beautiful gardens reflect the taste and cultural awareness of the wealthy, well-travelled families living here. Throughout the year, Bever has a reputation as an idyllic holiday destination for families. Those who would like to find out more about the village, which over the course of the 20th century grew from being the pauper of the Upper Engadin into the closely observed environmental pioneer of Graubünden, should look through the recently published history of Bever.

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