Holiday – almost in heaven
A summer in St. Moritz
The good never dies out, regardless of fashion and trends. Young people flood St. Moritz to scale breathtaking mountains and to explore their own limits or to test the countless and fascinating mountain tracks with mountain bikes. There is hardly another location that provides so many different degrees of difficulty and such a variety – for the entire family. Then there is the famous Maloja wind – even experienced sailors are faced with new challenges on the many lakes and when the sky is filled with kite sails of any clolour – this is, when there is summer in Engadine.
One valley, five golf courses and 60 holes! Every one of them unique, requiring its own special technique. How about a bit of trekking in the Swiss national park or simply walking around the lake? Guests from all over the world can’t help but relax and let go when they look from the chalets into the valley.
Particularly in summer, one event follows the next. The range of events is broad and manifold. Whether engines vibrate the village at the British Classic Car Meeting or the Engadine Festival permits a look into the country’s traditions, whether the best surfers meet for the Surf Marathon or art is front and center at the St. Moritz Art Masters – Engadine is anything but monotone.
There are the top recommendations from Rupert Simoner, General Manager:
Muottas Muragl Panorama Trail: This excursion combines a wealth of pleasurable experiences like no other: the trip up the mountain in the charming funicular, the magnificent view of the Engadin, and finally this enchanting panorama trail. It leads in a leisurely two-hour hike around the Schafberg. The descent is easy: hop in the chair lift to Pontresina.
Bike Trail along the Inn River: One of the most beautiful bike trails that exist in the Engadine. It goes along the Inn River, with a few pitches to be mastered. Take the tour for a visit to the picturesque village of Guarda and enjoy the manifold beauties of the Engadine nature. Your way back up the hill, the easiest way is to take the Rhätische Bahn.
The Bever Valley Fairy T(r)ail: It enjoys cult status: the Bever Valley Fairy T(r)ail leads from Bever to Spinas, following a route up the river on the right side of the valley. Along the trail there are six stopping-off points, where visitors can read out loud from a huge storybook. The fairy tales were written by woman authors from the Engadin and are illustrated by enormous sculptures by local artists.
Outdoor climbing areas in the Engadin: Idyllic scenery, a variety of climbing walls and all levels of difficulty: for climbing enthusiasts, the Engadin is the place to be. There are no fewer than 17 outdoor climbing areas in the Engadin St. Moritz region alone. With their carefully selected routes, set against a majestic Alpine backdrop, they are guaranteed to give climbing enthusiasts a natural high. Thanks to the various difficulty levels, the areas are suitable for beginners, kids, families, experts and professionals.
Swimming Lakes: The Upper Engadin lake landscape is a unique phenomenon, each has a special atmosphere, history and location to offer.
- Lej da Staz / Stazer Lake: The Lej da Staz is in a spacious, open clearing in the extensive Stazer Forest between St. Moritz and Pontresina. The moorland meadows bordering on two sides, reed beds and floating islands of marsh trefoil award the lake its individual charm and create a very special ambiance.
- Lej Nair: Some 200 meters below the Hahnensee lake, the Lej Nair reflects the Piz Corvatsch massif towering above the larch and pine trees on the lake shore. If you have a little time, you’re certain to spot the acrobatic jump of a fish.
- Lej Marsch: A little below the Lej Nair lies Lej Marsch, one of the region’s most popular bathing lakes. On sunny summer days, the sheltered position on the forest edge, small beach on the northern shore, inviting picnic spots and make it a magnet for water rats and sun worshippers
Piz Lunghin (2780) lies at the upper end of the Engadin close to Maloja, the summit can be reached easily from the Lunghin Pass. The notable triple watershed is in fact located 600 meters from the summit itself, at the Lunghin Pass, at 2645 m. The Rhine enters the North Sea 740 km north. The Po enters the Adriatic Sea 275 km south. The Danube enters the Black Sea 1560 km east.
Mountain biking in Engadin St. Moritz: 400 kilometers of mountain biking bliss: the well-signed Engadin bike routes show you the way – ask for your lunch backpack. In the Engadin you find on every level organized tours, extra infrastructure and services. The mountain transport facilities take bikers to sporting heights – and open up new dimensions for the really ambitious.
Golf in Engadin St. Moritz: It was the English who started it all: at the end of the 18th century, English tourists asked for an area of mountain pasture at 1,860 m to be mowed to create a fairway – and thus the first golf course was born. Nowadays, the Engadin Golf Club has over 1,200 members and is one of the largest in Switzerland. And the Engadin golf courses are the most attractive for miles around. Within an area of 30 kilometers, there are four completely different courses to choose from.
Swiss National Park: In the far eastern corner of Switzerland is a world that has not changed since the days of our great-grandparents. The Park incorporates 170 square kilometers of untouched nature, in whose natural development man has not intervened for nearly one hundred years. A paradise for flora and fauna and protected from human interference since 1914. Here, on many hiking trails, many thousand species of animals and plants may be observed and admired, from dandelions and mountain pines to bearded vultures and marmots.
Excursion to the close Swiss valleys: Bergell, Puschlav and Val Müstair
- Beguiling Bregalia and Soglio: The famous painter Giovanni Segantini claimed that Soglio was "the gateway to paradise". Soglio is an enchanting village of 300 souls in the Bergell region, also famous for its flowers. What could be more romantic? It is nestled on a sunny mountain terrace, and in the foreground on a hillside you will find the Church of St. Lorenzo. To this day the church is Soglio’s acclaimed landmark. Two giant sequoia trees, a baroque rose garden and a Mediterranean feel – there you find it all.
- Poschiavo – in Puschlav: The way over the Bernina is spectacular. The Mediterranean lifestyle in an Alpine setting. The whole little town is under special protection because of its historic importance. Poschiavo is also famous for its culinary delicacies and cultural heritage. Experience both on a tour of the village passing through narrow alleyways and across beautiful squares, or in the interesting Museum of Art.
- Val Müstair: The Müstair valley is one of Switzerland's most beautiful mountain valleys – and is home to the worldwide unique biosphere reserve in the Romansh language region. This valley is only accessible via the Ofen Pass. It is characterized by traditional village capes, an inviting terrain and, thanks to the southern aspect of the valley, a pleasant, mild sunny climate. Joining the Convent of St. John, the surrounding landscape here also seems likely to be granted Unesco World Heritage status soon: In any case, the Val Müstair, together with the neighboring Swiss National Park, seeks to become the first official Unesco biosphere reserve in a high-Alpine region.
Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains
The Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains is located right at the source of St. Moritz and only a few walking minutes from the famous lake with direct access to the slopes. In 184 rooms & suites a great service is offered e.g. 24-hour room & Concierge service, babysitter service & special kids menus and bathrooms with heated floors. You will be spoiled in the awarded restaurants, in the Alpine Kempinski The Spa with indoor pool & extensive sauna landscape, Sport Shop & ski school and daylight banquet rooms with full technical equipment
Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. Kempinski’s rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its properties. Kempinski now comprises a portfolio of 74 five-star hotels in 32 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Each one reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage. The portfolio comprises historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts, and prestigious residences. Each one imbues the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski while embracing the cultural traditions of its location. Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotels.
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