Click here to edit.
Müstair is a village in the Val Müstair municipality in the district of Inn in the Swiss canton of Graubünden.
In 2009 Müstair merged with Fuldera, Lü, Switzerland, Santa Maria Val Müstair, Tschierv and Valchava to form Val Müstair.
The eastern most point of Switzerland, at Piz Chavalatsch, is located in the municipality.
The main tourist attraction in the area is the Benedictine Convent of Saint John.
Müstair is first mentioned in the early 9th Century as monasterium Tuberis.
Müstair has an area, as of 2006, of 77.7 km2 (30.0 sq mi). Of this area, 24.1% is used for agricultural purposes, while 21.1% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 0.6% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (54.1%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains). The village is located in the Val Müstair sub-district (now Val Müstair municipality) of the Inn district. It is a long linear village and is the lowest and largest village in the Val Müstair. It is also the most eastern village in Switzerland. Until 1943 Müstair was known as Münster (GR).
Müstair has a population (as of 2008) of 748, of which 5.9% are foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has decreased at a rate of -9.4%.
As of 2000, the gender distribution of the population was 49.6% male and 50.4% female. The age distribution, as of 2000, in Müstair is; 76 children or 10.2% of the population are between 0 to 9 years old. 71 teenagers or 9.5% are 10 to 14, and 40 teenagers or 5.4% are 15 to 19. Of the adult population, 66 people or 8.9% of the population are between 20 to 29 years old. 107 people or 14.4% are 30 to 39, 109 people or 14.6% are 40 to 49, and 100 people or 13.4% are 50 to 59. The senior population
distribution is 68 people or 9.1% of the population are between 60 to 69 years old, 76 people or 10.2% are 70 to 79, there are 28 people or 3.8% who are 80 to 89, and there are 4 people or 0.5% who are 90 to 99.
Müstair has an unemployment rate of 0.95%. As of 2005, there were 45 people employed in the primary economic sector and
about 25 businesses involved in this sector. 121 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 14 businesses in this sector. 270 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 50 businesses in this sector.
Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks Rhaeto-Romance (72.9%), with German being second most common (24.7%)
and Portuguese being third ( 0.7%). Most of the population speaks the Jauer dialect of Romansh. In 1880 about 87% spoke Romansh as a first language, in 1910 88% spoke Romansh and in 1941 it was 89%. In 1990 about 88% understood Romansh
as a first or second language, and in 2000 it was 86%.
Heritage sites of national significance
The Benedictine Convent of Saint John is both listed as a Swiss heritage site of national significance and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Müstair has an average of 86.7 days of rain per year and on average receives 690 mm (27 in) of precipitation. The wettest month is August during which time Müstair receives an average of 86 mm (3.4 in) of precipitation. During this month there is precipitation for an average of 9.3 days. The month with the most days of precipitation is May, with an average of 10, but with only 80 mm(3.1 in) of precipitation. The driest month of the year is February with an average of 33 mm(1.3 in) of precipitation over 9.3 days.