Tenna GR

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GR is the abbreviation for the canton of Graubünden in Switzerland and is used to avoid confusion with other entries of the name Tennaf .
Coat of arms of Tenna
State : SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : canton of Grisonscanton of Grisons Graubünden (GR)
Region : Surselva
Political community : Safientali2
Postal code : 7106
former BFS no. : 3652
Coordinates : 745 255  /  179188 coordinates: 46 ° 44 '53 "  N , 9 ° 20' 23"  O ; CH1903:  745 255  /  179188
Height : 1654  m above sea level M.
Area : 11.27  km²
Residents: 114 (December 31, 2013)
Population density : 10 inhabitants per km²
Website: www.tenna.ch
Tenna GR

Tenna GR

Tenna GR (Switzerland)
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Parish before the merger on January 1, 2013
Historic aerial photo by Werner Friedli from 1949

Tenna (in the local dialect: [ tɛnːə ] or [ tɛnæ ]) was, until 31 December 2012, a municipality in the former county Safien the district Surselva in the Swiss canton of Grisons . It is located on a sunny high plateau in the Safiental at 1654 m above sea level. On January 1, 2013, it merged with the municipalities of Valendas , Versam and Safien to form the new municipality of Safiental .

coat of arms

Blazon : In red the silver (white) Saint Valentin of Raetia (?) In the episcopal regalia

The figure of the saint comes from the community seals , where it was also depicted as an enthroned figure.


The village of Tenna was probably founded by Walsers who immigrated from the Valais , but at that time it was a little higher on the slope. The old village was where the "Tenner Kreuz" stands today. The area of ​​today's scattered settlement Tenna was only made habitable later by clearing. Presumably it originally belonged to the rule of Valendas of the barons of Vaz . That area was inherited from the Counts of Werdenberg-Sargans in 1338 . In 1383 Tenna was separated from Valendas when Count Rudolf von Werdenberg-Sargans sold Tenna to the Barons of Rhäzüns . This led to the establishment of their own small court. It is said to have had its own seal in 1390. From 1424 Tenna was turned towards the Gray League . When the barons of Rhäzüns died out, Tenna came to Hohenzollern-Hechingen in 1461 and only became part of Graubünden in 1819 .

In the 20th century, Tenna was a quiet, sunny climatic health resort with a view of the Graubünden mountains. Today the valley lives from mountain agriculture, gentle tourism and support payments from the federal government, canton and sponsored communities.

The name Tenna is 1398 in the forms Thena , Thäna , Thenna . It is associated with the word Tenn (e) ‹closed space for storing equipment, hay & c.›. Since Tenna or Tenno is the name of other localities in Trentino and Piedmont, it could perhaps also go back to an older language class, but such an early settlement still remains to be proven. ,


Population development
year 1803 1850 1900 1950 2000 2013
Residents 157 162 130 141 70 114

The approximately 110 people living in Tenna are mostly mountain farmers. They cultivate land all over the valley.


The Gothic Reformed Church dates from 1408; the roof according to an inscription on the ceiling from 1504. The church contains late Gothic wall paintings from the beginning of the 15th century.

The world's first solar ski lift was built in Tenna in November 2011. The 450 meter long drag lift is equipped with 82 solar wings. The wings, each with three panels, are attached to suspension cables a few meters above the lift. They deliver an annual output of around 90,000 kWh, of which around 25,000 kWh are required for ski lift operation.


In 2011, Tenna was the scene of the Swiss television program SF bi de Lüt , and several episodes reported on the daily life of various village people and the construction of the solar ski lift.

The restaurant and the Pension Alpenblick in the middle of the village, right next to the post office, have a decisive influence on the townscape and village life. The hotel was built as a climatic health resort and was owned by the municipality of Uzwil , with which Tenna has a close relationship , for a little more than 60 years . In December 2015, the building was transferred to the TennaPlus association, which was founded in 2014. This happened under the condition that the touristic operation in the Alpenblick be maintained.


Web links

Commons : Tenna  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b c Andres Kristol, Tenna GR (Hinterrhein) in: Dictionnaire toponymique des communes suisses - Lexicon of Swiss community names - Dizionario toponomastico dei comuni svizzeri (DTS | LSG) , Center de dialectologie, Université de Neuchâtel, Verlag Huber, Frauenfeld / Stuttgart / Vienna 2005, ISBN 3-7193-1308-5 and Éditions Payot, Lausanne 2005, ISBN 2-601-03336-3 , p. 868
  2. Historical Lexicon of Switzerland
  3. Janine Hosp: A village wants to stay. Remote mountain valleys should be left to their own devices, calls for Hotelleriesuisse President Andreas Züllig. In the Safiental, the residents are fighting to ensure that their homeland will still be alive in a hundred years - with some success. Tagesanzeiger, Tamedia Zurich, August 13, 2016, page 37
  4. a b Jürg Simonett: Tenna. In: Historisches Lexikon der Schweiz ., Version of July 24, 2006.
  5. With the sun up - A Swiss community relies on 3sat / Nano solar ski lifts from January 18, 2011
    Press release on June 30, 2010 on solarskilift.ch
  6. First solar ski lift in the world  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , Switzerland currently on December 1, 2011 sun gives the Bündner ski lift wings , Tages-Anzeiger on December 2, 2011@1@ 2Template: Dead Link / www.srf.ch  
  7. Pension Alpenblick ( Memento of the original from May 10, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.pension-alpenblick.ch
  8. ^ Uzwiler Blatt dated December 11, 2015