Juf (2,126)

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Juf, often cited as the highest permanently inhabited village in Western Europe, as well as one of the coldest localities, is a unique settlement located in the Swiss canton of Graubünden, specifically in the Avers Valley. Sitting at 2,126 meters, Juf offers a remarkable experience for visitors and residents alike, combining stunning natural beauty with a tranquil, remote lifestyle.

The village is enveloped by rugged mountain landscapes, alpine meadows, and pristine streams, making it a perfect destination for nature lovers. The community in Juf is small, comprising a few dozen residents who maintain a traditional alpine way of life, often revolving around agriculture, particularly dairy farming, and tourism. The isolation and altitude contribute to a close-knit community atmosphere, where life moves at a slower pace, deeply connected to the rhythms of nature.

Despite its remote location, Juf is accessible by road, which winds up through the scenic Avers Valley. The climb to Juf is itself is by Swiss standards fairly easy. The average gradient is around 4% over a stretch of 23 kilometers from Andeer.

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