The following communities are supporting the World Ski Championships 2017 in St. Moritz:
St. Moritz is the most glamorous winter-sports destination in the world. Its name is protected as a quality brand and worldwide stands for elegance and class. Winter sport was invented here in 1864 and today it is still celebrated nowhere else with more style.
Guests from all over the world love the modern alpine lifestyle with the finest gastronomy to satisfy gourmet dreams even next to the ski slopes, with hotels that set standards in the luxury segment and with its world-class events of international renown, ranging from the “White Turf” horse racing, the “FIS Alpine Ski World Cup”, the “Snow on Polo World Cup” to the gourmet festival. Fabulous shopping in a compact space is guaranteed on the Via Serlas, while just around the corner local specialities such as the famous Engadine walnut cake (Nusstorte) are also to be found.
In terms of sport, St. Moritz boasts not just its “home mountain” Corviglia/Piz Nair with 100 km of ski runs but also the legendary Cresta Run and the worldwide unique bob run on natural ice. No wonder that St. Moritz after four Alpine World Ski Championships and two Olympic Winter Games in 1928 and 1948 was accorded the honour of hosting the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2017.
Centuries in the making and nestling picturesquely between Piz Bernina, Palü Roseg and Languard, this Engadine village is wildly romantic, sunny and sheltered from the wind. A place of calm. Winter pleasures. Gourmet treats.
Panorama and glacier ski runs for the carving connoisseur, challenging stretches for the expert and gentler, sunny slopes for the beginner as well as wide-open, unspoiled winter dreams for free riders on Diavolezza and Lagalb. Cross-country skiers, snow-shoe and winter hikers – they too will find simply the best of the best. At the same time the high-altitude location has enjoyments in store which in other places would be unattainable luxuries: ice climbing up metres of icefall, snow kiting on the frozen Lago Bianco as well as ice skating, curling and hockey on rinks of natural ice.
When that’s done, total relaxation awaits the guest in the Bellavita Pool and Spa. Then there are the GaultMillau restaurants housed in local hotels with their Swiss-pine panelled dining rooms. Or what about a concert or a visit to the theatre in the Congress and Culture Centre Pontresina to round off a perfect evening? It is this harmony of exercise and relaxation which characterises Pontresina. For an unforgettable time and homesickness which only makes itself felt back at home.
St. Moritz’ neighbour is in no sense in its shadow but rather stands aside from the hustle and bustle – but still really close to the action.
The cable car takes skiers up from the charming village with its well-known church of San Gian directly to the family-friendly ski area of Corviglia/Piz Nair. Not far away, on Muottas Muragl, sledging and winter hiking take centre stage. Celerina is the starting point for cross-country skiers to explore the vast network of ski trails in the Upper Engadine, while for ice-sports fans there is ice-skating and curling on Europe’s sunniest ice rink at the Center da Sport.
For an adrenaline rush there are taxi bobsleigh rides on the world-famous Olympic Bob Run, for culture aficionados numerous star-studded events and gourmet delights in atmospheric restaurants, where local delicacies are served in authentic settings.
Silvaplana is a lively, trend-conscious holiday destination in the midst of the Upper Engadine lake landscape. The Corvatsch, its home mountain offering the winter sports fan unlimited opportunities, stands majestically on its doorstep.
But it is not only for that reason that Silvaplana has emerged as the place where sports fans gather: it is the ultimate paradise for the snow kiter. Since this spectacular sport was invented on the frozen Lake of Silvaplana, trend-sport enthusiasts from around the world are to be seen daily waiting for the Maloja wind, which sets in around midday and whips up the kites dancing into the blue Engadine sky or sends them zooming over the plane.
Silvaplana also has it quieter sides: surrounded by an almost surreally beautiful, untouched landscape with its wide, frozen lakes, by forests dusted with snow, silent hiking trails and magnificent cross-country ski tracks in the midst of this mythical Engadine mountain world, it opens up the best prospects for all those who find their moments of happiness in the pursuit of less daring activities.
The quaint, political centre of the Upper Engadine is also the refuge of the Engadine way of life. It also extends an invitation to partake of a vertical mineral bath.
Samedan’s importance is due to its location in the heart of the Upper Engadine: the village is the major junction of the Rhaetian Railway, home to the small international airport and a Mecca for glider pilots. The Badrutt family, who created hotel history in St. Moritz, has its origins in Samedan and here stands the legendary Planta House.
This lively as well as picturesque village with its stately Engadine mansions is a picture-post-card idyll but without any trace of kitsch. The inhabitants (plus two museums) are guarantors for maintaining Engadine culture as a living element in the present. In addition, all corners of the Engadine are within easy reach and there are fantastic views from the summit of the home mountain, Muottas Muragl, the peak dominating this region. A new attraction is the first PlusEnergie hotel (a building which actually produces energy) in Switzerland – the Romantic Hotel Muottas Muragl.
Writers such as Nietzsche, Dürrenmatt and Kästner, artists like Beuys or Chagall, and musicians such as Strauss, Honegger and David Bowie all drew inspiration from the enchanting wide open spaces and the magical quality of the light in this high-lying valley, and they all played a considerable role in establishing Sils’ international reputation as the cultural centre of the Engadin.
Nestling idyllically between the two frozen lakes, the village lies at the entrance to the romantic Fextal. The most beautiful way of exploring it is by horse-drawn sleigh.
Sils is however also a perfect starting point for walks and winter hikes in the vast expanse of a sun-drenched landscape, which stretches out harmoniously from the foot of the home mountain, Furtschellas. From here one is soon even further up – on Corvatsch with the highest mountain station in the eastern Alps (3,303 metres above sea level). And from there 120 km of wonderfully sporting ski runs take you back to the valley floor.
Zuoz is regarded as the most beautiful village in the Upper Engadine. And modern times have added tantalizing dashes of colour without negating its past.
Time has not stood still even in this tradition-conscious village with its 1,400 inhabitants. Quite the opposite: thanks to a family-friendly ski area with two chair lifts and three ski drag lifts, the children’s ski school, the cross-country centre at Sur En and its idyllic winter hiking trails, Zuoz has equipped itself ideally for its future as a tourist destination.
Lively, modern dashes of colour are evident at the Hotel Castell with its hamam – a treat for the senses – and in the quirky Restaurant Dorta. Culture seekers will admire with bated breath the centre of the village with its proud patrician houses, which are particularly well preserved here. Those fond of seductive aromas will find plenty to delight them in the highest-altitude coffee roastery in Europe – and in the “Caferama Badilatti” explore the history of coffee.
The patricians of old knew all too well why they wanted to build their houses and palaces here: sun-blessed La Punt Chamues-ch lies perfectly not only at the foot of the Albula but also idyllically on the River Inn.
Enthroned majestically in the village: richly ornamented farm houses and stately patrician mansions from the 16th and 17th centuries. And, of course, the famous Chesa Pirani with its baroque wood-panelled dining room and two Michelin stars.
In winter the closed pass road becomes a speedy sledging run, a curving, snow-covered wonder for the adventurous. Winter fun is also promised by the truly fantastic cross-country ski trails, snow-shoe trekking and ski tours. The children’s ski lift, Müsella, leads directly into seventh heaven and together with the adjacent play area forms a small paradise for families.
This dreamy Engadine village is a holiday idyll for the whole family and it knows how to charm its guests, for it is here that one finds nothing other than peace, quiet and nature.
Located in the heart of the Engadine valley, this tranquil village is a passionately keen story teller: with enchanted nooks and crannies, tiny windows set deeply into the facades and nature’s artworks in ice on stairways and guttering. And with its imposing, renovated church tower reaching up into the blue sky. The hours chime and time seems to pass more slowly here than elsewhere.
Perfect peace is to be found by those who take the path to Spinas, four kilometres distant at the southern portal of the Albula railway tunnel. Whether it’s on foot along the excellently prepared winter trail, on cross-country skis in the daily, freshly-prepared tracks or “off-road” on snow shoes, here, the path is certainly the goal.
In earlier times it was mule-team drivers who headed for S-chanf. Today it is participants in the Engadine Ski Marathon who arrive here at their destination. And families who enjoy the peaceful winter world.
700 inhabitants, one in two of whom speak Romansch. Its unspoiled village centre radiates an irresistible, authentic charm. A culture still deeply rooted in its Romansch origins. And on its threshold a natural environment so unique that it has, in its entirety, been put under protection: S-chanf, at the gateway to the Swiss National Park, has gained in importance as a holiday destination in recent decades but has retained a relaxed attitude towards its traditional values.
In winter S-chanf smartens itself up for its guests and presents itself as the finishing line of the Engadine Ski Marathon. At the same time it is also the starting point for especially varied cross-country ski routes such as the blissful forest trail to Zernez.
For those seeking a peaceful retreat, the smallest village in the Upper Engadine is a true oasis. And with the most beautiful skiing area just around the corner: from here it is just 15 minutes to St. Moritz
What is more, for cross-country skiers the fun starts right on the doorstep. This small gem of a village with about 200 inhabitants, typical Engadine houses and its genuine Romanic culture of everyday life lies directly on the route of the Engadine Ski Marathon. Madulain is also the optimal point of entry into the 200-km cross-country skiing network of the Engadine – for both high-performance athletes and fun skiers alike. That is true even for animal lovers: if you like to take your dog along, you’ll find the only cross-country trail for dogs in the Upper Engadine between Madulain and S-chanf.
All around Madulain, lying idyllically next to the Inn, turned away from the world but towards the sun, there are wonderfully well-prepared winter hiking trails. One of the best views is the one towards the ruins of Guardaval, the biggest fortress in the Upper Engadine.