Poschiavo Travel Guide

  • Poschiavo valley with the lake and town
    Poschiavo valley with the lake and town
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    Poschiavo seen from the train
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Poschiavo Things to Do

  • Palazzi - Spanish district

    Something you would not expect in this valley in the High Alps is the Spanish district - Palazzi built in a style that you mostly find in Spain. It happened that the emigrants from Poschiavo who had become wealthy entrepreneurs in other countries - Spain e.g. - had the urge to come back to Poschiavo and retire there (see other areas in Graubünden -...

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  • Historic Museum - Casa Tome

    The Historic Museum has other place beside the Palazzo Bassus-Mengotti: the Casa Tome, one of the former farmhouses right in the old town of Poschiavo and fortunately one of the few that experienced very little changes over the centuries. The core of the house dates from 1357, some minor construction works were done in 1450. It looks medieval all...

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  • Historic Museum - Palazzo...

    The Historic Museum has its home in one of the most important mansions of the valley. It was built 1655 by Tommaso de Bassus, Capitano and Mayor. He chose a position outside the old borgo which was mostly overbuilt by farmhouses back then: He wanted to make clear he was one of the leaders in the region. The mansion was later sold to the Mengotti...

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  • Art Museum - Casa Console

    Casa Console is another highlight of Poschiavo. On one hand it is an excellent example for the transformation of farmhouses into typical palazzi-like townhouse that happened in the town often in the 19th century (here in 1856). Owner was Antonio Semadeni, local coffeehouse owner who was later consul in Warsaw/Poland (hence the name of the house)....

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  • Protestant Church

    Originally reformation was very successful in the valley. In 1589 10 out of 13 churches were protestant ones. But counter-reformation hit hard, and violently. On 25th April 1623 20 protestants were murdered by catholics. Afterward protestant service was completely forbidden. Only a arbitral verdict of the of the canton's countil ("Drei Bünde") in...

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  • Casa Torre (town hall)

    The medieval (13th century) tower is *the* landmark in the centre of Poschiavo. Originally built as fortified residence of the Bishop of Como's reeve and later owned by the Ogiati family, agents of the Viscontis in Milan, the municipality bought the tower in 1438. In the 16th century the tower and the surrounding houses underwent major construction...

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  • Old convent

    The old convent is a result of the counter-reformation. It was built right in the centre of Poschiavo in the second half of the 17th century, incorporating several private houses from the 14th century and a medieval residential tower into the Baroque structure of the convent. First Ursuline nuns moved into the convent but in 1684 they accepted the...

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  • Ossuary

    The Ossuary is part of the Oratorio Sant'Anna, it actually forms the entrance to the chapel. Unfortunately I had no time seeing the interior of the chapel (which is said to be a beautiful Baroque room) - it is open only on Wednesdays 14 -17 h in summer - so I will concentrate on the Ossuary here.Built in 1732 as a loggia to the chapel it has been...

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  • San Vittore

    San Vittore is the catholic parish church of Poschiavo. The present building overall looks Gothic but its parts are actually from different centuries: The steeple is from the first half of the 13th century, the choir dates from 1497, the nave is from 1503 - choir and nave were designed by different architects! A thorough renovation of the interior...

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Poschiavo Restaurants

  • Ristorante Viano

    I don't know the exact name of the restaurant (probably Ristorante Mengotti), sorry, but I am pretty sure there is only this one in Viano - which is a tiny hamlet, about 400 m above the valley floor in the southern part of the Poschiavo valley. We took the small postal bus up to Viano from Brusio (reservation recommended, schedule co-ordinated with...

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  • Rifugio Saoseo

    I went hiking in this side valley a couple of times and will be back - it's too beautiful! Rifugio (mountain hut) Saoseo is the central place for staying overnight (which I did not) and having a meal (which I did). It is actually accessible by a small postal bus (reservation obligatory), but of course you're free to walk/hike from Sfazu (on the...

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  • Caffe Semadeni

    Cafe Semadeni is *the* place for people watching and spending a leisure afternoon on the piazzo. I was, however, not exactly happy with the service. Our waitress mixed up the order. In the end it all turned out ok, though.The place seems to be famous for its ice-creams (gelati). About 80% of the folks around us had one (or two :-)). I opted for...

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  • Ristorante Chalet Stazione

    This restaurant right next to the station is frequented by locals as well as tourists. The Chalet style looks a bit odd in this Italian speaking valley but that doesn't say anything about the type or quality of food there. They also have a nice garden and since the weather was fine we picked a table there.Service was very quick and competent. I...

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  • The Best Pizzoccheri in Valposchiavo!

    For this restaurant it's not the building, the furniture or any other fancy stuff that make it special - it's simply the delicious tasty food! Being located just a bit outside the inner town (borgo), it's not a very touristic place, so you'll find mostly locals and repeat customers among the guests. The restaurant is operated by the same family for...

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  • Typical Swiss

    This typical Swiss architecture can be found in front of the railway station. Unfortunately, the chalet was closed over Christmas/New Year. Besides from November until May it is closed on Sundays. Their speciality is mushroom risotto.

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Poschiavo Transportation

  • Postal buses

    Postal buses go to the places where to which the train doesn't go. Since recently there are direct buses from Pontresina via the Bernina Pass road (that takes a different route than the train) to Poshiavo/Le Prese. These run quite often in the mornings and afternoons but not hourly.Smaller buses serve the small villages/hamlets in the side valleys:...

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  • Rhaetian Railway

    The main mean of transportation is the Rhaetian Railway. The trains run from St. Moritz in the Upper Engadine over the Bernina Pass down to Poschiavo, pass the lake and after Brusio the famous circular viaduct before crossing the border into Italy and ending in Tirano. The elevation difference is remarkable: Start is in St. Moritz at roughly 1800...

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  • By Bernina train

    When coming from the Bernina pass Poschiavo is the first big town on the way to Tirano in Italy. As the train is coming down a steep track the brakes make a lot of noise and smell too.The train station has a big kiosk which sells drinks and snacks too. Plus the post office is in there too.

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Poschiavo Shopping

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    Buendner Birnenbrot

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    Buendner Birnbrot or Birnenbrot is a local delicacy, which is produced locally. It is not typical to Poschiavo but also to the neighbouring Engadin. You eat it in max. 1 cm slices and if you like you can smear some butter on it.

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Poschiavo Local Customs

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    Christmas crib

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    In December and into the New Year you will see this Christmas crib on display on the main town square, the Piazza Comunale. Also in all the churches there will be one too.

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Poschiavo What to Pack

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    by yumyum Written Jan 14, 2007

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    Miscellaneous: The tourist office is located in the Casa Comunale at the main square and you can get a free map with explanations on the back in Italian and German and a little booklet also in those languages. You will have to ask whether they have something in English as I didn't it it.

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Poschiavo Off The Beaten Path

  • Casa Matossi-Lendi

    This one is not exactly "off the beaten path" located - you will definitely pass the Casa on your stroll through Poschiavo as it is located in the centre and visible even from the major road through the town - but as you cannot go inside and explore, just have a look from outside, I didn't put this tip under the "Things To Do".The building as you...

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  • Poschiavo Lake

    This lovely lake is about 1,5 hours walk from Poschiavo in Le Prese further down the valley. You can hike around the lake in 2 hours. This picture was taken from the southern side of the lake - Miralago.

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  • Cologna Church

    This neat little church was open when we arrived, but it was dark inside. We found the light switch though.

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Poschiavo Sports & Outdoors

  • Hiking: Ospizio Bernina - Alp Grüm

    This is another hike that I've done some years ago, thus no pictures taken right then. Instead you see pictures of the hiking path and the area I took from the train in 2011.Ospizio Bernina (2256 m) is a good place to start hikes. To get to Alp Grüm (2091 m) you have several options. The nicest IMO is the trail via Sassal Masone that first leads...

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  • Hiking: Viano - Poschiavo

    It's been a while ago that I've done this hike. Thus only crappy pictures, sorry :(Take the small bus from Brusio's train station up to the small village Viano. From there turn left and hike along the mountain slopes, always slightly ascending, to Alpe Romerio. There is a Romanesque chapel (nothing special) at this Alpine pasture, cows grazing,...

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  • Hiking: Val da Camp

    One of my favourite hikes of all time! This valley is not overrun with hikers at all due to its relatively remote location beyond the Bernina pass, seen from the Upper Engadine. Getting there is either by car or bus. Park the car at Sfazu on the Bernina pass road (1640 m).I have hiked from there into the valley a couple of times - it's a quite long...

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  • Approaching by train from the north

    I strongly recommend that you travel by train coming from the north if possible. Making the steep descent the views are spectacular. You will see the valley and Poschiavo from almost a bird's eye view as well as the lake and the distant mountains which lie in Italy. It gives you a feeling why there is this unique culture here in Switzerland.

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  • Mountains

    In summer and autumn the Poschiavo valley is very popular for hiking. What I like, is looking at the mountains and the sun playing with them when it rises or sets.

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Santa Maria Assunta
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San Romerio - high above the Lake Poschiavo
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Palazzi aka Spanish quarter
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Oratorio Sant'Anna
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Chiesa Santa Maria Assunta
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Art Museum
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Old Monastery and S.M. Presentata chapel
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Piazza Comunale
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