Local endogenous development
and urban regeneration of small alpine towns



Form 1 - Partner’s introduction

Name of the partner


Institutional role of the partner


Name of the sector in charge of managing AlpCity

Municipality of Tschlin

NM-P3 Tschlin

Role of the sector within the partner's administrative structure

The local authorities assigned Mr. Andina (Secretary of the Municipality of Tschlin) the role to manage the project and all the resources devoted to it.
This work was supported by the “Alpenbüro Netz GmbH” and some specialized consultants (in hote management and finance).
Moreover an architect started planning the renovation and enlargement of the school-building.

Partner's expected benefits from the participation to AlpCity

Exchange with other communities, learning by mistakes und success.

Organisational expectations from the participation to one or more specific WP5-8 (case-projects)

Visits between the towns/regions.

Expectations from the work of AlpCity Scientific Steering activities

Assessment about the chance of success of the project ideas, support to the planning.

Form 2 - Description of the concerned territory (geographic and/or institutional areas)

Administrative areas within the region

Switzerland, Canon Graubünden, Region Engadina Bassa, Gemeinde Tschlin.

In normal cases Switzerland and the Canton Graubünden give subventions to the region. The region is the main player for the development of the small towns. Tschlin is very busy and more active than the region.

Brief description of the mountain character within the whole partner's territory

From the website "Tschlin liegt im Unterengadin an der Grenze zu Österreich und Italien. Das Gemeindegebiet umfasst eine Fläche von 7473 ha, davon sind 968 ha Wiesen und Äcker, 1895 ha Weiden, 2176 ha Wald und 2434 ha unproduktives Land."

The lowest point of Tschlin has ca. 995 m above see level, the highest 3294 m.

The Engiadina Bassa is an inside-alpine valley with less of rain.

Structure of the towns within the region

The most part of the urban areas consists in small villages surrounded by the unique Swiss natural park

Names of the case-projects (described in Form 3) and all administrative area/s involved

Development of the town by change of use of the (empty) buildings for a soft tourism. In the centre of the activities stays a new use of the school building in Tschlin. May-be with decentralized hotel-structure.

An other project is the including of a restaurant in an old, non used alp-stable.

Number of inhabitants in these areas (please list all individual towns and other administrative levels concerned by each case-project)

Tschlin has three small towns:

  • Tschlin: 173 inhabitants, with the town hall and a school building without pupils.
  • Strada: 147 inhabitants, with the school an the post office.
  • Martina: 114 inhabitants, with the customs office.

Specific issues on the structure of the towns in these mountain areas

Decline in population:
Loosing people to the main town of the region (scuol) and to the capital of Graubünden (Chur) or the Swiss cities. A lot of owners of the building not living any more in the small towns.

Economic profile of these towns - regional functions - external functions

Rural sector:
A big part of the population works in the first section

Not 20 km from is the ski-area of Scuol. In the small towns around Scuol a not prospering rural tourism exists

Tschlin own a toll-free-area in the valley of Samnaun and can profit financially of it

Social image of the mountains within the region

No special aspects can be outlined

Policies for the mountain

In Switzerland there is an actual discussion about the New Regional Policy. Everything is changing and nobody knows which direction will win.