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    Pontresina: church Sta. Maria

    by german_eagle Updated Apr 25, 2011

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    The small church Sta. Maria, located in the woods above Pontresina, is a real gem. Tower and western wall are all what is left of the Romanesque church from the 12th century. The other structures are from about 1450. Remarkable are the frescos inside. The late Romanesque frescos (1230) on the western wall show the Epiphany, Jesus's baptism and Last Supper. The style is post-Byzantine, the quality excellent.

    Absolutely stunning are the other frescos inside from 1495, fantastic works of the so called "Master of Pontresina", probably from an upper Italian workshop. Scenes depict the Last Judgement, the legends of Mary Magdalene and Lazarus and Vita Christi e.g. The quality is fantastic, preservation is also very good.

    The church is open in the afternoons Mon-Fri (Summer) and Mon, Wed, Fri (winter).

    Gothic frescos from 1495 Church Sta. Maria Church Sta. Maria
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    Bernina Express

    by german_eagle Updated Apr 25, 2011

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    The Bernina Express train ride is in my opinion one of the most scenic in the Alps, if not *the* most scenic one. You will see more glaciers than with the Glacier Express! In July and August you should take a seat in one of the open cars (no top).

    Start the ride in St. Moritz or Pontresina. After passing Hotel Morteratsch, in the Montebello curve, enjoy the gorgeous views of P. Bernina and the Morteratsch glacier. The Bernina Pass region with its three (little, black and white) lakes and glaciers above them follows.
    At the Bernina Pass (2253 m) the descent to Poschiavo valley begins. Soon the train stops at Alp Grüm (2091 m) with stunning views of P. Palü (3905 m) and its glacier and a magical blueish/turquoise lake below. The Bernina Express then winds down through woods to the valley floor, offering memorable views of the green valley and the lake, stopping in Poschiavo, a nice Italian style little town, worth a break.

    You could finish your train ride here and go back after a visit of Poschiavo to St. Moritz. Or you could continue via Lake Poschiavo and the circular viaduct near Brusio to Tirano/Italy where the Bernina Express ends. This last leg of the route is by far not as scenic as the first part, but also enjoyable. So - the choice is yours!

    Montebello curve, view of the Bernina massif Lago Bianco near Bernina pass rugged scenery near Bernina pass Alp Gr��m, view of the turquoise lake and glacier descent to Poschiavo valley
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    Piz Corvatsch

    by german_eagle Updated Apr 25, 2011

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    A cable car (2 sections) takes you up to P. Corvatsch, preferably on a sunny day. It is an excellent ski area while in summer excellent hiking trails start from the middle station.

    The views from the top station (3303 m) are breathtaking. Depending on the weather you can see the Upper Engadin with the lakes and villages below you, the Monte Rosa massif above Zermatt, the Mischabel mountains above Saas Fee, the Bernese Alps and many other mountains in the distance. Just for fun do some steps on the glacier! The summit (3451 m) is accessible with a guided tour only.

    As mentioned above hiking trails start at the middle station Murtel (2701 m). My favourite trail is up to Fuorcla Surlej (45 min.), a pass to the Roseg valley. The views of P. Bernina (4049 m), P. Roseg (3963 m) and other peaks with their glaciers are stunning. There are three hiking trails which lead you from Fuorcla Surlej down to Hotel Roseggletscher (1999 m). The shortest one will take you about 2:30 hours, the longest one (via Coaz hut) about 5 hours. All of them are quite steep in parts and challenging to the knees.

    From Hotel Roseggletscher to Pontresina railway station take the scheduled horse drawn carriage, rent a bike or hike (1:30 hours).

    View from Trutz to Piz Corvatsch (left) Piz Corvatsch with cable car viewing platform at the top station Bernina massif from Fuorcla Surlej view from top station
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    Muottas Muragl

    by german_eagle Updated Apr 23, 2011

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    Muottas Muragl (2453 m) is an easily accessible (funicular from Punt Muragl) viewing points in the Engadine. It provides fantastic panoramic views of the whole Upper Engadine valley, the lakes and the Bernina massif with the glaciers. The funicular ride is fun. In winter you can sled down - but be careful, quite challenging (steep, curves!) The mountain hotel was recently thoroughly renovated and the standard was upped quite a bit. The public restaurant is open till late night, the funicular runs till 11 pm. Dinner with sunset is quite an experience here!

    In summer you should do an easy hike via mountain restaurant "Unterer Schafberg" or a more challenging hike via the Segantini hut (2731 m) to Alp Languard (2323 m). From there take the chair-lift down to Pontresina. Other hiking options are via Fuorcla Muragl to Chamues-ch or down to Samedan. In winter they groom a nice 7 km long trail (easy) for walkers on the plateau.

    Muottas Muragl, view to the Engadin lakes Muottas Muragl, view to Bernina massif Muottas Muragl, Engadin valley right, Roseg left View from Lake Staz to Muottas Muragl (in March) Muottas Muragl funicular
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    Chiesa San Carlo

    by globetrott Updated Jul 26, 2010

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    Chiesa San Carlo in St.Moritz-Bad
    is a bit outside of the centre of St. Moritz, in one of the suburbs called St.Moritz-Bad (=bath). You will see this lovely church at the end of the lake and you will pass by it, when driving towards the Malojapass.. Chiesa San Carlo reminded me a lot of churches like you normally find them in Italy. This church is beautifully lighted at night and you will see it from a big distance already, because it was built quite close to the lake. For cardrivers there are lots of parking-spaces next to the church, walking-time from the trainstation of St.Moritz along the lake to Chiesa San Carlo will be around 15 minutes maybe.

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    The town of St.Moritz is NOT my cup of tea !

    by globetrott Updated Jul 19, 2010

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    The town of St.Moritz is really NOT my cup of tea !
    So far I really enjoyed every town of Switzerland except for St. Moritz, that was a really big disappointment for me.This town simply does not have any character in architecture for me, it is more of a heap of modern and oversized buildings than a town, where it is some fun to walk through. I also was not lucky with the weather and the only 2 things of St.Moritz that I enjoyed was the Hanselmannhaus and the walk along the lake : see it in my last picture and there was also the church of Sta. Maria, that is also worth to take a look inside, I made a sepate tip about this church.

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    Diavolezza - a great daytrip from St.Moritz

    by globetrott Updated Jul 19, 2010

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    Diavolezza is a wonderfull daytrip from St.Moritz
    Diavolezza with a hight of 2978 m above sealevel is one of the best places to go and touch the snow even in summertime: All of my photos here were made in August, thats the hottest month in Switzerland ! A cablecar gets you up to Diavolezza in summer and winter. And even in summer the glacier gets pretty close to the upper station of the cablecar. They have a good restaurant there, it is shown in my main photo. You can get to the cablecar-station also by train.

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    Looking down on St. Moritz from Muottas Muragl

    by globetrott Updated Jul 19, 2010

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    Muottas Muragl is just 4km from St.Moritz
    and from up there you will have a great view of St. Moritz and the surrounding mountains. The funicular will take you up there in summer and in wintertime. The station of the MMB (Muottas Muragl Bahn) is just about 2km from Pontresina / 4 km from St.Moritz and in my main photo you will see the village Celerina Schlarigna in the foreground and St. Moritz in the middle of the photo, on the right of that 1st lake.
    There are various hiking-paths starting from the top-station of that funicular, there is a great restaurant and hotel and also a large playground for children.

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    Go to the Bernina-pass

    by globetrott Updated Jul 19, 2010

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    Bernina is a passroad in the south-east of St.Moritz
    and the mountains behind this passroad will also be partly covered by snow in summertime, like my main photo here that Imade in August 2009. The road to Bernina-pass starts in Pontresina and takes you up gently to Passo del Bernina with a hight of 2330 meters above the sealevel. The track of the Rhaetische Bahn goes partly the same way, partly it crosses the passroad, causing long waitingtimes especially in summertime. But these places are also great to take photos of this very special train that was built in 1910 and became recently a UNESCO-worldheritage.

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    Rhätische Bahn : a UNESCO-worldheritage

    by globetrott Updated Jul 19, 2010

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    Rhätische Bahn (RhB):
    a trainline as a UNESCO-worldheritage
    Rhaetische Bahn (RhB) was granted the title of a UNESCO worldheritage in the year 2008, mainly for its extraordinary construction of breathtaking bridges and tunnels taking this narrow-gauge railway through the swiss mountains all year long. There are the Albula and the Bernina lines between Thusis (close to Chur) and Tirano in Italy.
    There are several Deals and offers for this railway, just click on the link below !
    In summertime they offer special wagons without a roof - see one of them in my 3rd photo and all year long they also have wagons with extra windows in the roof, like shown in my 4th pic.

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    My favorite house in St. Moritz

    by globetrott Written Jul 19, 2010

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    The Hanselmann-house was my favorite in St. Moritz
    On the total I have to admit that I did not like the architecture of St.Moritz very much ! All the buildings are just posh, but without a soul and the so-called Hanselmann-house was the only house in St. Moritz that I liked for its quite unique architecture. It is a well-known confectionary shop and the facade sticks out of the many modern and soulless buildings in the very centre of St.Moritz. You have to walk uphill in order to get there , next time I will try their cakes as well, they also have lots of excellent works of art, made of sugar and marcipan in their windows. Read more about them after clicking on the link below !

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    Celerina : San Gian

    by globetrott Updated Jul 19, 2010

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    Celerina is 2 km from Saint Moritz
    and San Gian is this old church that you will find a bit outside of the village of Celerina and you will see it also from the main road while driving to St. Moritz. Unfortunately the church is normally locked except for certain festivities maybe. They have their own car-park and as this is one of the very few places that does not state "No Camping" I stayed there in my motorhome over night 2 times. Of course it is always best to explore such a place during the day, so you know how to drive there and then you drive there again at 10.00pm or so and nobody will care, as long as you are leaving early in the morning again.

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    Piz Nair

    by ezaguryk Updated May 29, 2008

    El pico mas alto de la montaña Corviglia, se encuentra a 3'057 mts de altura

    Aqui tienes restaurantes, tambien esta conectada a pista de esquiar negras y rojas.

    La vista es espectacular, si tienes suerte y tener un dia despejado puedes ver los pueblos alrededores, corvach, diaolezza etc

    tambien mucha gente sube y se lanza por lo que llaman fuera de pista.

    The highest peak of the mountain Corviglia, is 3'057 meters tall

    Here are restaurants, is also connected to ski trail black and red.

    The view is spectacular, if you're lucky and have a clear day you can see the others twon around, corvach, diaolezza etc.

    too many people rises and is released by what they call off the track.

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    GO up the Alps!

    by kirsty_lamb Written May 25, 2008

    We took the cable car right to the top of the Alps in St Moritz. to Piz Nir. I can't ski so it as to watch the people that were skiing, and to generally have a look about. At the mid station it was all about those that Ski, although sitting out in the sun on the benches was very nice, just watching! There is also a restaurant for food and drinks. We carried on up to the top, where the views were amazing. There were far more advanced ski runs up here, and a nice cafe as well. Lots of viewing platforms to look about from too, and LOADS of snow (where we were there!)

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    Mount Corvatsch

    by marsi77 Written Sep 14, 2006

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    One of the most beautiful mountains I've ever seen. It has snow all year round. We went there in August, and we really enjoyed ourselves playing in the snow. The restaurant on the mountain is quite expensive but you cannot help not having a plate of pasta while having a breathtaking scenery in front of you. Souvenirs are not that expensive. The cable car takes about 10 minutes and costs around 29CHF, but it is worth every penny.

    Mount Corvatsch Husband and niece at Mt. Corvatsch
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