Few words in Swiss German
Below few words in Swiss German that you can use while visiting Switzerland.
Hello - Grüezi
Hello (to more than one person) - Grüezi mitenand
Good evening - Gueten Abig
Hi (more informal than "grüezi") - Hoi/Salü/Sali
Hi (to more than one person) - Hoi zäme
Good bye - (Uf) Widerluege/Ciao/Tschüss
Thanks a lot - Merci vilmal
See you later - Bis spöter
Monday - Määntig
Tuesday - Ziischtig
Wednesday - Mittwuch
Thursday - Dunschtig
Friday - Friitig
Saturday - Samschtig
Sunday - Sunntig
One - Eis
Two - Zwei
Three - Drüü
Four - Vier
Five - Feuf
Six - Sächs
Seven - Sibe
Eight - Acht
Nine - Nüün
Ten - Zää
Eleven - Elf
Twelve - Zwölf
Thirteen - Driizä
Fourteen - Vierzä
Fifteen - Füfzä
Sixteen - Sächzä
Seventeen - Sibezä
Eighteen - Achzä
Nineteen - Nünzä
Twenty - Zwänzk
Twenty-four - Vierezwänzk
Visiting the squares
Do you own walking tour and discover the little shops (very expensive) and other things that is on offer at St Moritz when you are not skeeing. It is a delightfull little village to stroll around in even when it is raining. I loved this little square with all its shops, rest etc which was located just around the corner from our hotel.
Pontresina: church Sta. Maria
The small church Sta. Maria is a real gem.It was built 1450. The tower is a remain of the previous church, as well as the western wall with late Romanesque frescos (1230). Absolutely stunning are the other frescos inside from 1495, fantastic works of the "Master of Pontresina".
Skiing Diavolezza and Corvatsch
"Skiing Diavolezza - a real Alpine experience"
Near the Bernina Pass you find the Diavolezza and Lagalb skiing area. Both are about 2 km away from each other, but connected by a skibus.
The photo shows me at the base station of the Diavolezza cable car (2093 m). The pistes are relatively easy (intermediate), but there is also a black run. The area is very snow reliable, the upper part you ski across a glacier.
On top of Diavolezza (2978 m): relax and enjoy the gorgeous views of Piz Palü (3905 m) with its glaciers vis-a-vis.
The windows of the Diavolezza hut restaurant as a mirror.
The picture shows the view of Piz Lagalb (2959 m) from Diavolezza base station.
A cable car operates at Piz Lagalb with its three runs. Two are doable for intermediates, one is extremely challenging. This skiing area is never crowded and highly recommended in spring in particular. Be careful if it is foggy and windy!
"Skiing Corvatsch - ski and watch for scenery!"
The Piz Corvatsch skiing area reaches from 1870 - 3303 m. It is my favourite and I heard many people consider it to be one of the world's best ski mountains.
The picture shows the view from the top station across the glacier toward the Bernina Massif: Piz Morteratsch (3751 m), Piz Bernina (4049 m) and Piz Scerscen (3971 m) and Piz Roseg (3937 m) from the left. The runs from the top station lead across the glacier - pure fun and always best snow. Don't miss to have a break at the privately managed hut Fuorcla Surlej. Breathtaking panoramic views and good local food.
Most people ski from the middle station Murtel (2702 m) down to Alp Surlej (2097 m, served by chair lift). Inbetween you find another charming hut, Alpetta (2272 m) with excellent food, too.
For the afternoon I suggest a very special run down to the valley: Take the chair lift Giand Alva (2643 m) and ski down to St. Moritz Bad via lake Hahnensee (2153 m), where you can have another break with coffee and nut cake. It is an unique run, away from the crowds and lifts.
The Corvatsch skiing area is connected by ski-lift and a run with the Furtschellas skiing area above Sils. Furtschellas is a very remote, never crowded and quite wind protected area. It reaches 2800 m and offers a huge variety of all types of pistes - off-piste included. Very popular with snowboarders, too.
View from the top station of the Corvatsch cable car toward Piz Murtel (3433 m). Guided tours across the glacier are offered in both winter and summer.
The top station offers fantastic panoramic views of the Engadine valley and surrounding mountains. Here goes the view toward North, with Silvaplana on the valley floor, the Corviglia skiing area in the middle of the picture, and Piz Kesch (3411 m) on the upper right edge.
The view toward Southwest shows Lake Sils on the valley floor (easy to recognise is the peninsula Chaste), Piz Grevasalvas (2932 m) above the lake and at the left edge the Bregaglia valley, leading to Lake Como, where it is slightly foggy.
If the weather is fine you can also see Monte Rosa and Matterhorn, the peaks above Saas Fee, the Bernese Alps and Tödi. Once I was lucky enough to see Monte Viso.