Pontresina Travel Guide

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Pontresina Things to Do

  • Spectacular view of mountains DIAVOLEZZA

    At 3,000m above sea level, Diavolezza affords splendid views of 4,000m mountain peaks, ski pistes with plenty of snow and the longest signposted and secured ski piste on a glacier. Another highlight in the Diavolezza area is moonshine skiing in the period from January to March. Of course, the Diavolezza transport system also operates in the summer...

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  • The Graubünden bow windows

    In the mountains, the houses are commonly built with very thick walls to keep warmth inside during the cold winters during which the days are short and the light scarce; the house builders wanting to keep warmth inside also make small gaps in the walls, so the windows are small.The old farmhouses of Engadine display often very different window...

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  • Touring in Engadine

    Road trips in the mountains offer beautiful views, and, if you want to reach trail heads, remote villages, you cannot do it quickly without a car.Many places of Graubünden can also been reached by train.Here are a few views taken during car tours going to hikes or coming back, and pictures from some villages, but when you are out for hikes, you...

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  • Parts of other hikes

    Weather is unpredictable in mountains and sometimes you are trapped in the mist and clouds, like during a hike to Piz Tasna (picture 1), in the Silvretta massif, above the village of Ftan; on the way back, the weather was better and it was possible to enjoy wide views over the Inn valley to the Lischana massif (picture 2)From the Diavolezza, you...

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  • Coming back from the summits

    You are more relaxed to look at the nature when you are walking down, and it is then a real pleasure to look at all the flowers growing on the mountains, look at the valleys and villages from high above.Is this tiny pansy (picture 1) not courageous, strong, growing here close to 3000m elevation? The Julier Valley (picture 2) is very far down, but...

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  • Looking for the mantle above Alp Flix

    The mantle? Yes the Earth Mantle, rocks which usually are at 30 or more kilometres depth can be here studied, sampled, or just looked at on the peaks above Alp Flix; when Apulia, a northern promontory of Africa (Yes, most of Italy is geologically Africa! And even further North of Italy, the famous Matterhorn (Cervino) is “African”) entered in...

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  • Hiking is made easy!

    Lots of hikes can be undertaken from Pontresina, and there are for all tastes; I like a lot to see people I would not at all expect in these places undertake hikes (picture 1); yes, “ma soeur”, wish you a nice walking day!I did not find a map in a bookstore in Pontresina, but at the train station is a poster of hiking maps you see an extract here...

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  • Look outs to the mountains

    If you are not hiding in a small narrow back street, you will almost always have lookouts on mountains from where ever in the village; as the village is built on the right banks of the Ova Bernina and Flaz rivers, on the slopes of Piz Languard, you will enjoy most views to the South and West. The Ibex on the picture is a sculpture :((, but the...

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  • More windows

    Windows are all different, have stories, tell stories, inspire poesy and songs; Jacques Brel may not have thought of the Pontresina windows when he wrote his song, Les fenêtres, but I had a thought for him, when walking in the village. . . Elaborate frame, geraniums, nice shutters (picture 2), this is just one sort of window; opening it must be a...

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  • Winter and summer holiday resort

    No it is not publicity for the hotels, it is just that there are a lot and they give some character to the place, and some are even nice to look at; so, if you walk the main street, but also some backstreets, you will see many of these big beginning 20th century buildings.In the mountains you find of course, the Ibex (picture 1), whose architecture...

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  • Puzzling bird!

    I have no idea what this bird is, neither what it is supposed to represent! You will meet this bird (picture 1, picture 2) in a corner next to the main street, in the higher part of the village. May be a Swiss kingfisher? A heron, a stork? Whatever, local artists have imagination and decorate the old fountains in a nice way!The Pyrenees are austere...

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  • Let me introduce you the Dahu!

    People from the mountains who observe Nature take advantage of good adaptation to the slopes, as this bench (picture 1), with legs shorter on one side than on the other demonstrates. They learned this skill from a wonderful animal from the mountains: the Dahu.Those who live in plains or flat lands don’t know this extraordinary animal whose main...

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  • Streets and houses

    Tourism and modern life has invaded Pontresina, like many other resorts of the Alps, but this village managed to keep some “character”, and it is a real pleasure and feast for eyes to walk in the streets at a quiet time of the day and for instance look at the variety of the house décor or the windows.You will not see a lot of cattle, sheep, horses...

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  • Life in mountains: Alpine Museum

    We all have our clichés about few known places, aspects of life in this or that region, these or those people, and during travels, either correct our views, or comfort them. A visit at the Alpine museum of Pontresina gives an interesting insight to past life in the mountains of Engadine, every day life and exceptional events; at sea level, sailors...

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  • Short visit to the Protestant temple

    Were not the bell tower with its onion bulb on the top, you would not notice there is a church in the village of Pontresina; this church is a protestant temple. When you enter, you are, like in most protestant temples, you are struck by the austerity of the décor; in Calvinist/Lutheran tradition, superfluous is useless! So, an austere...

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  • Oops! Am I here in a Swiss Navy...

    When you visit the cemetery at the feet of the Sta Maria chapel, you may have that sort of thought raising in your brain, as you will see, among many conventional tombs, a number of anchors set as crosses or decorating tombs and monuments; it took me some time to realise that there anchors are in fact ice axes! We are here in high mountains, and...

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  • Walk to the beautiful Sta Maria church

    Walking in this cute village of Pontresina, you will admire the neat and coloured houses, watch people, have beautiful lookouts on mountains, enjoy the steep garden borderd little backstreets, but if you stay in the village itself you will miss one of the “must see” (in addition to the beautiful mountains): the tiny, poetic and beautiful Sta Maria...

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  • Take a ride

    In winter you can take a ride in the horse drawn sledge to Rosegg valley. You will be warmly wrapped up. Starting point is very close to the railway station.

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  • Take a walk

    You can easily explore Pontresina on foot but you sometimes have to walk uphill. One of the very old buildings left from the 12th century is the castle tower.

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  • Take a horse drawn carriage ride

    In summer, there the ski resort of Pontresina is an excellent place for mountain hiking, picnicking and outdoor activities. I went on a horse drawn carriage ride with my fellow travelling companions through the lovely Engadin valley.

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  • walk around

    it's a small town surrounded by mountains and lakes . jsut take a walk around and ur gonna luv it..............

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Pontresina Hotels

  • Grand Hotel Kronenhof

    Via Maestra Street, Pontresina, Grisons, CH-7504, Switzerland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Walther Hotel

    Haupstrasse, Pontresina, Grisons, 7504, Switzerland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Muller

    Pontresina, Grisons, 7504, Switzerland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Pontresina Restaurants

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    by singhsomen Written May 29, 2005

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    It's nice to come here early mroning and sip your coffee while looking at beautiful mountain peaks ................a wonderful experience...........there is a small souvenir shop too.......

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Pontresina Transportation

  • Viafier Retica takes you high in the...

    I find rather funny, it is a Dutch who promoted the construction of the Rhaetian Railway, a guy from the polders who made the first steps to build this railway. The first line linked Landquart to Davos in 1890; note that the first lines, in many places in old Europe, serviced places for the rich tourists (Bordeaux-Arcachon, Paris-Deauville. . . .)....

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  • Beautiful Viafier Retica

    When I boarded the train in Chur, an end station of the narrow track Rhetic Railway, I did not know I was about to take place in a Unesco World heritage object! Well, not the train itself but “the Raethian Railway in the landscapes of Albula and Bernina, 122 km, the 144 bridges and 42 tunnels”; all landscapes visible from the train on this section...

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  • By train

    Pontresina is a crossroad for trains. There are trains to St. Moritz, to Samaden and from there to Chur or Scuol-Tarasp or across the Bernina to Tirano in Italy.If you want to visit Morteratsch glacier take the Bernina train towards Tirano.

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Pontresina Local Customs

  • Festival: modern and traditional music

    During these festival days, walking in the streets you also can listen to music; and there is for all tastes, from traditional bell players to jazz bands.Have a snack (don’t eat to much, as you may want to stop at another place!) and listen to Jazz in a backstreet (pictures 1 and 2)In the main street, next to the tourist office, you can have the...

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  • Festival: try the local production

    Few days a year there are a number of festivals in Pontresina, and in Summer you may have the luck to attend and even participate to one of these events.The streets are invaded by stalls with food, local products, musicians. . . . . and it is a pleasure to walk among the locals and tourists, listen to the music, hear the local language (a bit in...

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  • Scooters and bikes

    We may have biased opinions about bikers and biking. . . . Generally, biking friendly areas are plains or at least rather flat areas (Holland, North Germany, etc. . . ); I have to change my opinion: here in Pontresina, are a lot of bikers or young scooter adepts. It is not for playing, they are used in every day life, like you can see on picture 1,...

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Pontresina Sports & Outdoors

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    by singhsomen Written May 29, 2005

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    The network of neatly kept hiking trails around Pontresina extends over a total distance of 500km. With 7km in length and an almost flat profile, the high-altitude path between Muottas Muragl and Alp Languard is particularly well-known. The panorama leaflet (available at the price of CHF 2.50) describes trail profiles ranging from flat through moderately climbing to very steep. Comfortable mountain transport systems provide access to the hiking paradise

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