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Villages of the Engadine

Engadine Valley - discover Switzerland’s most idyllic villages
Extend your stay
If you are flying via Zürich, enjoy attentive service, superb cuisine and fantastic walking with three nights at the 4-star Hotel Castle in the Goms Valley.
Starting point:

You begin with two nights at the Hotel Meisser in Guarda, widely regarded as the best preserved of the Engadine villages.

Day 1
Tuoi valley option: 12km, 4hrs
High option: 16.5km, 6hrs; 1000m ascent/1000m descent
Lavin option: 8km, 2.5hrs

There are various possibilities for your day at Guarda depending on how energetic you are feeling. One option leads up the Tuoi Valley, ascending some 500 metres so as to gain superb views towards one of the most famous peaks in the area, Piz Buin. You follow the scenic Clozza River then head back through forest and fields to Guarda.
The longer option features even more ascent and descent, but rewards with flower-filled meadows, old larch and spruce woods, a panoramic ridge and magnificent views southwards and into Austria.
Alternatively, if you would prefer a less demanding day, cross the lower slopes of the Inn Valley to the attractive village of Lavin with its remarkable covered wooden bridge, from where you walk alongside the River Inn and then ascend some 180 metres back up the valley slopes to Guarda.

Day 2
Guarda to Zuoz: 13km, 4hrs; 600m ascent/500m descent

Your day begins with a bus and train journey (included) to Cinuos-chel-Brail, from where a peaceful valley walk leads to the pretty village of Susauna. You then climb through forest to emerge onto the alp above Zuoz with splendid views west over the village and along the Engadine valley, before a scenic descent to arrive at your hotel via the village’s ancient main square. You stay two nights in the Hotel Engiadina. Whilst staying in the Upper Engadine, you will be given a Mountain Railways Included Card entitling you to free travel on the local cable cars to access the various walks. This card can be used both around Zuoz and Sils.

Day 3
National Park option: 13km, 3.5hrs; 500m ascent/550m descent
Lej da Prastinaun option: 14km, 4.5hrs; 950m ascent/950m descent

We suggest two walks from which to choose around Zuoz, although the route in Switzerland’s only National Park is considered a ‘must-do’, with the opportunity to see wildlife including red deer and even chamoix, ibex and golden eagles if you are lucky. The loop takes you up one side of a valley and back down the other, the real joy of the walk being discovering scenery as nature intended it.
The other option is a more demanding walk into high mountains, ascending through a wooded gorge and past a spectacular waterfall to the mountain lake of Lej da Prastinaun before returning to Zuoz via Alp Arpiglia.

Day 4
Zuoz to Sils: 17km, 5hrs; 200m ascent/1400m descent

From Zuoz, you head south along the valley by train (included) to the glitz of St Moritz. Using the old cog railway, followed by cable car (free with your Mountain Railways card), you reach the summit of Piz Nair for staggering views of the Upper Engadine before a long descent, passing through the rugged Suvretta valley to reach Silvaplana. From here, a shady lakeside walk takes you to the Italianate village of Sils for your final three nights at the delightful Hotel Privata.

Days 5-6
Lake Sils option: 18km, 5.5hrs; 650m ascent/650m descent (or 11km, 3.5hrs if returning by bus/boat)
Furtschellas option: 14.5km, 4hrs; 700m ascent/1500m descent
Fex valley option: 13km, 4hrs; 850m ascent/850m descent

There are plenty of walking options for your days in Sils, including a panoramic circuit of the Sils Lake (with the option to return from Maloja by bus or boat), which takes in the village above the lake where the original screen version of Heidi  was filmed.
Another walk takes you into the high mountains by cable car for views of Piz Bernina and its glaciers before descending back to Sils via the lakes near Furtschellas.
Or, you can climb directly out of Sils along the Muott’ Otta, enjoying views to the peaks on the Italian border, returning via the quiet Fex valley; don’t miss the chapel in Crasta with its 16th-century frescoes which were hidden for hundreds of years before being rediscovered just 100 years ago.

All aboard the Glacier Express

To extend your holiday, why not take the Glacier Express over the Oberalp Pass and spend three nights at the award-winning Hotel Castle in the Goms Valley? Here, you can enjoy further splendid walking or simply relax amid these tranquil surroundings. Alternatively, if you are flying via Zürich, you could stay over to explore this graceful lakeside city.

Walking and Wildflowers

In early summer, the lush meadows of the mountains are arguably at their best, adding to the beautiful Alpine vistas. We offer two special weeks which include five guided excursions that take you to some of the best places to see the region's spectacular wildflowers.

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Where the wild things are...
"The scene ahead is suitably, irresistibly wild. Wizened tree trunks frame a jagged curtain of sky-prodding summits studded with outcrops of pine and spliced by scree fields. Suddenly, a nutcracker calls out and the peace is lost for a moment, as unseen creatures scurry among the larch and Scots pine trees."
Join writer Emily Mawson as she explores the magnificent Alpine grandeur of Switzerland's only National Park.
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