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Alpine Traditions

Guarda, a timeless Swiss village
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided, single-centre walking holiday
  • idyllic village of cobbled streets and houses with murals
  • choice of walks, including a route in Switzerland’s only national park
  • centuries-old 3-star superior hotel
  • wonderful hospitality


It’s a rare village that can boast of being the setting of an iconic children’s book, but Guarda, in eastern Switzerland’s Engadine Valley, can. With its cobbled streets and ancient stone houses decorated with dainty pastel murals (sgraffito ), it’s easy to understand why – you certainly feel as though you are walking through the pages of a fairy tale as you explore the timeless streets.

Everything is stunning about the Meisser: the hospitality, the stylish interiors, the village setting, the food. This unspoiled corner of Switzerland is perfect for a break away from it all, with some enjoyable walks both along the valley and in the mountains above.
Rebecca Bruce, Inntravel

Indeed, the passage of time has had little impact on the Engadine Valley, and even less so on Guarda, whose inhabitants raised livestock and provided a staging post for traders of salt and cheese. Change has always been slow to arrive here – eastern Switzerland was the last part of the country to allow motor vehicles, and the Romansch language survives to this day. Fittingly, Switzerland’s only national park is just along the valley, sheltering chamois, ibex and marmots, as well as golden eagles, bearded vultures, wolves and lynx, while Guarda has become something of a haven for artists and craftspeople.

At the heart of the village, the Hotel Meisser, your base, is completely in harmony with its surroundings, and serves as the perfect get-away. There’s great walking (both moderate and challenging) to be had from the hotel door, but the refined and relaxed atmosphere invites you to slow down and simply appreciate this most traditional of Alpine villages.

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