Engadine is one of the most beautiful regions in Switzerland. It’s a paradise for sports enthusiasts and adventure-seekers, a place of inspiration and tranquility, a valley of pristine nature and full of cultural treasures. On every visit you can discover a new breath-taking place and fall in love with the valley even more.
The summer season just started in Engadine. While temperatures elsewhere keep rising, the sunny Engadin welcomes you with blissfully fresh mountain air. It’s a rejuvenating escape, from the crowded cities and no better place to enjoy a dip in the cool water of the mountain lakes or Swimming pools or enjoy a hiking break on a panoramic mountain hut terrace. Let your thoughts wander and simply lose yourself in the moment. I’ve had the chance to experience the Engadine in its various facets from historical heritage to alpine simplicity and I completely loved it! Let me introduce you to some hidden and some famous gems and beautifully panoramic hikes for your summer bucket list!
Historic Hotel Chesa Salis
The Chesa Salis is a house with history and tradition located in Bever, a village in the Upper Engadine, where time seems to have stood still for a hundred years. The Chesa Salis was built back in the 16th century. In 1982, the house was converted into a comfortable hotel with 18 guest rooms. The former living rooms on the main floor (the Von Salis Stube and the Arven Stüvetta) became lounges. Since 2003, the new owners have continued to renovate the hotel based on a carefully thought-out concept in line with a traditional Engadine style. The old floors, walls and ceilings and the historic furniture have been skillfully combined with new furnishings.
Whether you are planning a break in the mountains or would like to take part in one of the many leisure activities, a visit with us will make your stay in the Engadine an unforgettable experience. The bed and breakfast is an insider tip, embedded in the old village center, surrounded by spacious gardens and a 360 degree view of the surrounding mountains.
From Chesa Salis or Bever as such you can perferctly start the 4th Etappe of the Via Engiadina. The multi-day hike in the Engadine leads you in six varied daily stages from Zernez to Vinadi. The part we hiked was panoramic and meandered through green lark forests over bridges and along flowering meadows. Highly recommended for anyone who is interested in an easy but beautiful hike.
Distance: 11,1 km Duration: 3:35 h Ascent: 430 hm Descent: 428 hm
If you are staying at Chesa Salis or around the are Bever/Zuoz you just have to visit Restorant Dorta. The building of the restaurant dates back to the 11th century and since 1994 it is property of a citizen from Zuoz. As far as possible, he restored it to its original state and one of the most original restaurants in the Engadine was created here. Since then, it is impossible to imagine the Engadine gastronomic landscape without the Dorta. Beside the impressive architecture and interior the food is outstanding and local dishes are interpreted in a contemporary way. Vegans will also have a variety of dishes to choose from 😉
The Chamanna Georgy is located just below Piz Languard (3,262 m above sea level) in the Engadine and is the highest in Canton Graubünden. The hut offers 20 beds for guests and it’s important to keep in mind that there is no electricity and running water at the hut – it is literally a very simplistic stay but makes you appreciate the little things and BE present. The cosy dining room with mountain book library and the large terrace with breathtaking views of the Bernina massif give the hut its special character. The view is unbeatable and worth every effort of the ascent.
Last spot to get fresh water for free 🙂
The hike is not too demanding and you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful panorama, marmots and alpine flowers in their full bloom. There are various trails to get to the hut but we took the one from Pontresina. There is a two-seater chairlift that takes you comfortably up to Alp Languard (2,262 m above sea level). From there you can still have a short break at the restaurant or start straight away with the hike into Val Languard, following the signposts in the direction of Piz Languard and reaching Chamanna Georgy after 2.5 hour.
Walking time: Duration: 2h 30min Ascent: ↑ 860 hm
Alternatively you can also start directly from Pontresina (1’805 m a.s.l.) and hike up to the hut in approx. 3.5 hours (Ascent: ↑ 1,330 hm).
I’d highly recommend to sleep up there because sunset and sunrise are remarkably beautiful! And the next day you can start the early descent.
You can simply go back down to Alp Languard (3.5km, ↓850m / 1:20hrs). If you are energized then I’d highly recommend to follow the panoramic “Steinbockweg” leading to Chamanna Segantini and all the way to Muottas Muragl. At the Chamanna you can have lunch, enjoy the view over the Engadine up to Maloja Pass. The hikes characteristics are as follows: Distance: 8.7km Duration: 2:55hrs Ascent: 183m Descent: 904m
Grand Hotel Kronenhof
If prefer visiting the Engadine and get spoiled at one of the best-preserved 19th century Grand Hotels then Grand Hotel Kronenhof is for you! Not only does the hotel embody the traditional charm of the Engadine but is at the same time a top luxury and wellness hotel in Switzerland. The Kronenhof has 3 different restaurants and in recent year the landmark neo-baroque building has gone some renovation and welcomes you with its alpine architectural beauty. Having said that, during your stay at Kronenhof you can go on a culinary discovery trip. We had the chance to eat at the magnificent Grand Restauran. It feels like being teleported back in time thanks to the neo-baroque elegance. (Important to notice is that an elegant dress code is required).
At the Grand Hotel Kronenhof you can immerse yourself in in the true wellbeing and enjoy the peacel and breath-taking view of Val Roseg while admiring the deep green stone pine & larch forests. The SPA covers an area of 2,000m2 and offers an ideal place to relax and regenerate body, mind and soul.
The highlight for me are the newly constructed yoga platforms in the greens in front of the garden terrace. The view is unbeatable and invites you to completely immerse into nature & slow down. You can truly find your inner peace and mental balance by a meditation or gentle Yoga flow. Once you are at Kronenhof, you can check their weekly fitness & wellbeing programme.
From Kronenhof I suggest to fully relax and recharge. If you still fancy a hike or get yourself moving, then the Lej da Staz is particularly mesmerizing. (Distance: 6.8km Duration: 1:50hrs; Ascent / Descent: 125m).
On the way you could also stop for a summer camerata at Taiswald. If the weather permits the Camerata Pontresina plays 100 free morning concerts and when you sit down on a bench there, you embark on a journey into becoming one with nature and music. Close your eyes and just enjoy 🙂
As you can see from this article – Engadine is multi-facetted and has something to offer for everyone. This trip was organized in friendly collaboration with Engadin St.Moritz Tourism. More articles with hiking ideas for summer around Silvaplana, or Sils can be found here. Or if you plan a trip in autumn or winter check out these two articles: autumn & winter.
Hope you enjoy and feel inspired to visit too!!!