Engadin, Switzerland

Engadin

The Engadin is situated in southeast Switzerland, extending from the Maloja Pass to Martina on the border with Austria. A popular travel destination for the Swiss, it is devided into the Upper and Lower Engadin and features a different scenery from the other valleys of the Swiss Alps. The Engadin boasts lovely landscapes with darkblue mountain lakes and a continental mountain climate that make it a hikers paradise. The weather is varied and characterized by clear skies, and dry, light breezes. The mountain air causes radiant sunshine, which in winter, is intensified owing to the reflection of the snow. The resort of St. Moritz has rightly adopted the sign of the sun as its logo. When vacationing in the Engadin, you will take with you memorable natural experiences – in summer as well as in winter.

The Upper Engadin

This natural paradise with azure lakes and lush green meadows, framed by forests, snow-capped peaks and the Engadin sky is one of the most scenic valleys in all of Switzerland. It offers wealth of leisure activities and nowhere in the Alps are can you reach peaks of this altitude so easily. Comfortable cog railways and cable cars take you to the 3,000 meter summits of Piz Nair, Corvatsch and Diavolezza, as well as the high viewpoints of Muottas Muragl and Furtschellas. The touristic Upper Engadin includes the 11 villages that are lined up over 55 km (34 miles) and include: Sils, Silvaplana, St. Moritz, Celerina, Pontresina, Samedan, Bever, La Punt Chamues-ch, Madulain, Zuoz and S-chanf. St. Moritz is by far the biggest and most famous resort of them, located in the center of Upper Engadin. It is accessible via the Maloja Pass and the deep Bregaglia Valley and over the Bernina Pass into the equally idyllic Poschiavo Valley. These two valleys are distinctively Italian in language and culture, and offer a taste of the neighboring country in the South of Switzerland.

The Lower Engadin

Remote from Graubunden and the rest of Switzerland, this attractive valley feeds a unique Romansh culture that has florished in isolation for centuries. Thick walled houses with small, deep-set windows, painted in creamy-beige color and decorated with scarlet geraniums abound. You will see sgraffito; ornate, curlicued designs and picturese etched into the white stuccoed of a house. Beautifully decorated cottages and quaint cobbled squares , set against a tremendous backdrop of dark pine forests and looming mountains, combine to give the Lower Engadin a unique fairy-tale air. Scuol is the main town, surrounded by charming cliffside villages such as Ftan and Guarda. Zernez serves as the gateway to expore the sole Swiss National Park and beyond the park you'll find Muestair, which is one of Switzerland greatest cultural treasures with its Carolimgian church and it perfectly perserved medieval frescoes.

Activities

Another of its attractions are the many soft adventures the Engadin has to offer! Come and play! The Engadin offers hiking, biking, rafting, ski jumping,the engadin ski marathon, curling, sailing, polo on snow, golf, downhill skiing, ice skating, snowboarding and much more. See also St. Moritz activities.

Engadin Hotels

4-stars Hotels

Hotel Paradies, Ftan

3-stars Hotels

Hotel Meisser, Guarda