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  • Grisons and the Engadine

    St Moritz. Credit: Switzerland Tourism

    Graubuenden. Credit: Switzerland Tourism

    St Moritz. Credit: Switzerland Tourism

    Alp Grum. Credit: Switzerland Tourism

    Credit: Switzerland Tourism

    St Moritz. Credit: Switzerland Tourism

    Luxury holidays in Grisons and the Engadine

    Dotted with National Parks, Grisons and the Engadine are best known for the dramatic Alpine scenery and the major winter sports resorts; yet, in the spring, summer, and autumn months, the region has far more to offer. Historic towns, scenic lakes and glaciers, and chic villages packed with gourmet restaurants and boutique shops come into their own in the sunshine.

    The Ela Park, through which the world-famous Glacier Express and Bernina Express run, stretches between Chur and St Moritz. Passing through here by car or rail will introduce you to miles-upon-miles of quintessentially Swiss landscape: lush, natural fields are interspersed with evergreen forests, clusters of rustic wooden houses, and jagged mountain peaks such as the Lenzerhorn, Piz Vadret, Piz Platta, as well as Piz Bernina in the distance. Visitors to this region in the summer have these sublime panoramas as their object. The Engadine is known for its sporting possibilities. Hiking and walking trails take you up to the most sought-after and secluded vantage points, and the extensive network of cycling paths offer endless destinations; one route even leads to Budapest.

    Highlights of Grisons and the Engadine

    Between the peaks, valleys, and lakes of Grisons and the Engadine, towns and villages with hidden cultural treasures abound. Some of the oldest settlements in Switzerland are located here, still with the same medieval atmosphere. One of the most iconic images associated with Grisons is Tarasp Castle, built in the 11th century, perched on its hundred-metre-high rock in the centre of its surrounding valley. To see more of traditional Engadine style, visit the ancient villages of Guarda, Ftan, and Sent. The village of Zernez is known as the ‘Gateway to the Swiss National Park,’ which also extends south into Italy. The Inn Valley is the perfect place to admire your surroundings. 60km of hiking trails wind their way across the landscape between Maloja and Scuol, believed to be the most rewarding trails in Switzerland because of the high-altitude views. Between the months of May and September, the Inn Valley gorges are ideal for rafting, as their calm turquoise waters bustle white. The Bains Engadine in Scuol were the first Roman-Irish baths in Switzerland, now providing saunas and pools with a very impressive backdrop.

    The three main towns of interest are Chur, Davos, and St Moritz. Chur is the oldest city in Switzerland, affectionately named the ‘Alpine City.’ Twisting streets and historic buildings, restaurants, bars, museums, galleries, boutiques, and a pedestrianised Old Town mean the city is abounding in charming character. A farmer’s market is held in the main square of the Old Town every Saturday morning between the months of May and October. High above the town stands the Bishop’s Palace. Fortified walls surround the central courtyard, which holds the Cathedral of the Assumption, dating back over 800 years. Chur is also home to the region’s three largest museums. Explore its history in the Rhaetian Museum, the works of prestigious local artists at the Museum of Fine Art, and the flora, wildlife, and geological history at the Graubunden Natural History Museum. The two most popular mountain peaks in the area around Chur are the Branbruesch and the Dreibundenstein, both accessible by cable car and hiking routes. Chur has the highest concentration of restaurants and bars in Switzerland, making it an excellent destination for gastronomists and those who enjoy sampling a range of delicacies in a new restaurant each night.

    The highest ‘town’ in the Alps, at 1560m above sea level, is Davos, another popular destination with winter sports enthusiasts. In the summer, however, the snow melts to reveal over 700km of hiking paths. These can be accessed via cable cars up to the Jakobshorn (2590m), the Weissflujoch (2844m), and the Rinerhorn (2490m). Horse-drawn carriages take you along the narrower valleys of Sertig, Dischma, and Fluela. At Davos Lake, visitors can take a refreshing swim or enjoy the sports available at the sailing and surfing area. Alternatively, visit the Zugenschlucht gorge to follow the geology trail, the rocky path of the river, or to visit the mining museum. For something even more unusual, spend an hour at the Monstein Brewery, the highest brewery in Europe, and the first in Switzerland to be opened for tastings and tours.

    St Moritz is perhaps the best-loved Alpine winter destination in Switzerland, and possibly Europe. At 1822m above sea level, visitors are welcomed first by views across the Upper Engadine Valley. The local peaks, including the Piz Corvatsch, Chantarella, and Corviglia can be reached via mountainside railway, and from Corviglia, you can take a cable car up to Suvretta’s most famous viewing point. Though St Moritz is not a waterside village, the nearby Lake Sils and Lake Silvaplana are perfect for water sports, particularly the latter, which is known for being windy. The village of St Moritz itself is smattered with quaint cafes and stunning buildings with peaked roofs, and the central churches provide beautiful destinations after a morning of exploration on foot. Just outside St Moritz is Celerina, home to the Cresta Run, one of the area’s most famous attributes. Celerina is also the first stop on the Glacier Express route from St Moritz to Zermatt: a journey of viaducts, steep inclines, spiralling declines, and some of Switzerland’s most famous mountains.

    Festivals and culture in Grisons and the Engadine
    In Switzerland there is only one nationally celebrated day, the Anniversay of the Founding of the Swiss Confederation on the 1st August, aside from Christmas, advent and New Year. Apart from these, festivals and holidays are determined by the canton and the town. The residents of Grisons see in the first day of March with Chalanda Marz, in which bells are rung to chase out the winter. In Disentis on July 11th, a religious procession takes place to honour Saint Placidus. In Pontresina, St Moritz, and across the canton, the BSI Engadine Festival brings the region to life with performances of classical music in August. The most unusual of the major festivals in Grisons and the Engadine may well be in Chur, at the Chur City Festival and Alpine Beard Festival in August. In the autumn, Chur Theatre performs a diverse international theatre and dance programme, and in August every two years open-air opera is performed at the Haldenstein Castle.

    Gastronomy in Grisons and the Engadine
    As Grisons is still comprised of three language areas (Italian, German, and Romansh), the cuisine remains eclectic and varied. Many ingredients, prominent in the Alpine terrain are recombined in new ways to create different, flavoursome dishes. Three popular dishes in particular are maluns, capuns, and pizokels. Maluns are made from boiled potatoes, which are then grated, rolled in flour, and then roasted in butter. Often eaten by farmers for breakfast, maluns are also popular snacks to accompany a cup of coffee or served with Alpine cheese at dinner. Capuns come in a range of varieties, but are always wrapped in savoy cabbage leaves, spinach leaves, or Swiss chard. Inside, they have some combination of dough, meat, fish, and vegetables. Pizokels are baked dishes of special dough and vegetables topped with cheese.

    Travel arrangements
    Due to the excellent rail service available in Switzerland, we always recommend navigating your tour, while in the country, by rail. Trains are known for being punctual and comfortable, and offer an excellent way of viewing the sublime scenery as you pass. Many of the most picturesque villages and towns in Switzerland are also traffic-free, or have complex, winding roads as their only access-point by car; yet, you will find they almost unfailingly have a rail station. Many iconic rail journeys allow travel from the UK direct through France into Switzerland, which we have always found adds a new dimension to your trip; however, flights from the UK into Geneva or Zurich are also regular, providing a quicker alternative for those who would like to spend their entire trip in Switzerland.

    From Grisons and the Engadine continue your holiday northwest in Zurich, west in the Bernese Oberland and Saanenland, or southwest in Ticino.

    Grisons and the Engadine Hotel Map
  • Arabella Hotel Waldhuus - Luxury holidays to Grisons and the Engagine

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    The four star Arabella Hotel Waldhuus in Davos is a beautiful Alpine hotel with a modern spa, rustic restauran

    Giadino Mountain - Luxury holidays to Grisons and the Engagine

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    The five star superior Giardino Mountain is a gem amongst hotels in the Engadines, with traditional and fine-d

    Hotel ABC - Luxury holidays to Grisons and the Engagine

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    The four star Hotel ABC is a chic, modern establishment in historic Chur.

    Hotel Hauser - Luxury holidays to Grisons and the Engagine

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    The Hotel Hauser is a welcoming and comfortable establishment in the centre of St Moritz.

    Hotel Schweizerhof St Moritz - Luxury holidays to Grisons and the Engagine

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    The four star Hotel Schweizerhof St Moritz offers stylish, spacious accommodation in an elevated location over

    Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains - Luxury holidays to Grisons and the Engagine

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    The five star Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains makes for an indulgent few days in St Moritz as part of a rail j

    Romantik Hotel Stern - Luxury holidays to Grisons and the Engagine

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    The Romantik Hotel Stern is a four star hotel situated in the heart of Switzerland’s oldest town, Chur.

    Suvretta House - Luxury holidays to Grisons and the Engagine

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    The five star Suvretta House sits just outside St Moritz, overlooking the lake and town below from its privile
  • Glacier Express Holiday

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    The Glacier Express is one of Switzerland’s best loved iconic rail journeys.

    Bernina Express Holiday

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    The Bernina Express takes you past glaciers and mountains from Grisons into Italy.

    Grand Heart of Switzerland Mountains Rail Tour

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    Travel on three of Switzerland’s most iconic railway lines as you trace the pattern of valleys and mountains a

    Grand Grand Switzerland Rail Tour

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    This grand tour of Switzerland encompasses all the highlights of this diverse country.

    By Rail to the Engadine Holiday

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    Stay seven nights in St Moritz, exploring forests, mountains, and lakes.
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