Unlike most villages in the Upper Engadin, Zuoz was not built in a linear fashion along the through road; instead, it grew out of the episcopal seat and the Hof Dorta. The 16th and 17th centuries saw the evolution of an imposing enclosed square in the heart of the village, surrounded by patrician and other grand houses. Until 100 years ago, the Upper Engadin Landsgemeinde – the regional assembly – was held here. Among the many buildings bearing witness to an eventful history are the Crusch Alva inn, where justice was once administered, the church of San Luzi, the village tower, and the houses of the powerful medieval Planta family. Each building has its own character, and its own story to tell.