Scuol Travel Guide

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Scuol Things to Do

  • Castle Tarasp

    The most important historical building in the Lower Engadine is castle Tarasp. It is located on a hill right in the middle of the valley. Due to this exceptional location it is the dominating landmark and visible from many places.The castle was first mentioned in 1040. From outside it looks like a medieval castle, but inside you find it to be very...

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  • Tarasp

    Tarasp is the only municipality in the Lower Engadine that is located on the southern (right) bank of the Inn river. It consists of a dozen hamlets spread over the plateau above the river and at the foot of the impressive mountains with Fontana being the main place and the castle Tarasp on a hill being the main tourist attraction (building wise) of...

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  • Ftan

    Ftan is yet another village that nestles on a sunny terrace high above the valley floor - elevation is 1650 m. A road winds up to the village from the train station Scuol-Tarasp, a postal bus runs hourly. A chair-lift which links Ftan with the skiing area Motta Naluns makes the village a very good base for alpine skiing/snowboarding in winter but...

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  • Lavin parish church

    Lavin is a small village about 20 km west of Scuol, close to the Vereina railway tunnel. While being a quite nice place overall it wouldn't be worth to write home about if there wasn't the parish church with the stunning frescos.The present church was built around the year 1500. It is small, cosy with the wooden ceiling and pews. The choir is...

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  • Ardez parish church

    The parish church in Ardez was built 1576/77, the steeple is older, from 1445. The two-nave church's architecture is a mix of late Gothic and early Renaissance style. Balconies are carried by tuscan pillars on the northern and western sides. The pulpit and sacrament's table are from 1577, quite simple works. Quite beautiful are the wooden pews from...

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  • Ardez - Adam and Eve's house

    The most famous Engadine style house in Ardez is right on the main street, close to the parish church. It is decorated with a stunning fresco depicting the story of Adam and Eve. The house was built 1647

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  • Ardez

    Ardez is another charming village, quite similar to Guarda but not as famous. It is located between Scuol and Guarda. Ardez is somewhat livelier than Guarda and has the advantage of having the train station right by the village. It is full of sgraffito decorated old houses along the cobbled streets, nice fountains etc. I noticed many of the houses...

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  • Guarda

    Guarda is probably the most beautiful Engadine village. Its location on a sunny terrace about 200 metres above the valley floor allows breathtaking views of the valley and the more than 3000 m tall peaks vis-a-vis. The entire village is like an open-air museum (but alive!). Magnificently decorated (Sgraffiti) houses form wonderful ensembles around...

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  • Sent

    Sent is another of the charming villages. It nestles on a sunny terrace about 400 metres above the valley floor. Its dominating landmark is the neo-gothic tower of its parish church. Sent was able to preserve many beautiful old houses in local style, decorated with sgraffiti and a specialty called "Senter Giebel" - a Baroque gable. Sent is not...

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  • Hotel Aurora, in Ardez

    This is a 3star hotel in the picturesque village Ardez. Interior is quite modern but nice. Staff was very attentive and friendly. Seems to be a meeting place for locals as well. The hosts changed after my first visit - it is still an enjoyable place. On my first visit in 2004 I had a Nüssli salad with roasted bacon and mushrooms (boletus), boiled...

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  • Hotel Belvedere

    We only had coffee and cake there on the outdoor terrace, so I cannot comment on their restaurant (which appeared to be quite upscale, btw).Their terrace is south facing, protected from wind and rain by glass panels and a solid roof. At least we thought so. LOL While munching our cake and sipping the coffee we watched dark clouds rolling in the...

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  • Crusch Alba in S-charl

    S-charl is a tiny mountain village located in a side valley south of Scuol. Crusch Alba is the local inn with long tradition - their lovely garden or cosy restaurant rooms are perfect places to unwind and have a bite to eat after a long hike. As the weather was nice we opted for the garden terrace.We had Engadin nutcake and coffee - yummy!! 10 Sfr....

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  • Kurhaus Val Sinestra

    Hotel Kurhaus Val Sinestra is located in a remote side valley north of Scuol. Access is best from Sent (hourly postal buse). From there it is a walk of about 1:30 h to the hotel, slightly uphill. A bus runs three times a day to the Kurhaus.We passed this hotel on our leisure hike from Sent via Zuort to Vna and decided to have lunch there. The...

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  • Villa Engiadina

    Built in 1902 the Villa kept its Belle Epoque and Art Nouveau style and ambience. It was thoroughly restored and is a romantic small hotel in relatively remote location. The view of the valley and the mountains from the dining room are wonderful.In 2004 I chose the menu of the day (four courses). First a Bresaola - Carpaccio with ruccola and...

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  • Restaurant Hof Zuort

    What an idyllic place, not from this world! An old Engadine style house surrounded by pure nature, mountains, woods. The interior of the inn is originally preserved: wooden panels on the ceilings and walls, paintings and stained glass windows, an old oven. The choice of dishes is limited, but of good quality.On my first visit in winter 2004 I had...

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Scuol Transportation

  • Graubünden Pass

    For travelling around during your stay in the Engadin (or Graubünden) it is most economic to purchase a Graubünden Pass. The conditions/prices change from time to time; I can only give you information on the situation in 2011.The pass is valid for a selected zone or all off Graubünden and it is valide either on 3 out of 7 (non-consecutive, free to...

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  • Railway and Postbus

    As usual in Switzerland public transportation is excellent. It is easy to get to Scuol by narrow gauge railway (Rhaetian Railway, RhB). Direct trains run from Landquart (where you catch them coming by SBB train from Zürich) and Pontresina to Scuol. The latter RhB trains (Scuol - Pontresina) are also the backbone of public transportation along the...

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  • Gondolas etc.

    In summer three lifts take you up to the mountains:- a gondola from Scuol to Motta Naluns (1295 m - 2148 m)- a chair lift from Ftan to Prui (1650 m - 2062 m)- a cable car from Samnaun to Alp Trida saddle (2500 m)All these are great starting points for hikes, the first one also allows bikes. The first two were modernised recently and have much...

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  • Organic Food

    Agriculture / cattle-breeding is a traditional economy in the Alps. Private farms are still wide spread in Switzerland. Especially in the canton Graubünden and the Engadin many of them produce organic food. It is a must to taste and buy some of their excellent products. cheese, salsiz (a sort of salami), Bündnerfleisch (dried meat) cheese is 2...

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  • Duty free

    Between the Swiss border (Martina) and the Austrian border (Pfunds) a narrow valley stretches westwards - Samnaun. It is duty free area. The Swiss road is very narrow with one-way tunnels and serpentines. A unique experience, but worth the effort. The first shop with gas station which you reach is called Acla da Fans. I use to go there for getting...

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  • A realy great cake

    Engadiner Nusstorte (Engadine Nut-Cake)Servings: 6180 g Butter (6.5 oz)1 x Egg150 g Granulated sugar (5.5 oz)1 ds Salt300 g Sifted flour (10.75 oz)FILLING----------------------------------200 g Granulated sugar (7 oz)2 1/2 dl Whipping cream (1/2 pint)225 g Walnuts, coarsley chopped2 tb Honey - (8 oz)...

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Scuol Local Customs

  • Romansh language

    Scuol is the main city of the area where "Romansh" is spoken.Romansh is one of the 4 official languages of Switzerland (together with German, French and Italian); it belongs to the "Rhaeto-Romance" languages, heritage of the Roman domination over the area. It's spoken by less than 1% of the Swiss population, mostly resident in the Alps area.Other...

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  • Ils Morins

    Morins are special earrings with the form of the black-man head that women from Engadina wear with their typical dress. Usually they have the shape of a black king or of a slave.They are usually made of gold, with with and black enamel.

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Scuol Warnings and Dangers

  • Golf balls

    Something you probably wouldn't expect in that valley is a golf course. A fine one, definitely. But that comes with the risk of getting hit by flying golf balls. I came across this sign on the walk up to Hotel Villa Engiadina in Vulpera.Hm, I could imagine other dangers in high mountain areas ...

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  • It looks pristine but beware of cows

    While hiking in the Engadine, you are surrounded by crystal clear streams, rivers, and waterfalls. Do not fill your bottle from any of them. If you do not see cows around you, do not be fooled. They are taken to the high pastures for much of the summer. There is 99% certainty that the water has cow dung in it. Fill your bottles from the fountains...

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Scuol Off The Beaten Path

  • Vna

    Vna is a tiny village that nestles high up on a terrace above the valley (sounds familiar? LOL) - the elevation is about 1600 m. The views from there are terrific. The houses are not as richly decorated as in Guarda, Ardez or Sent, but still nice and most of them are renovated. The parish church (built end of the 16th century) is cute - and also...

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  • Vulpera

    Vulpera is a fraction of the municipality Tarasp, thus located on the opposite side of the river from Scuol. It is where the spa tourism in the region started. Down by the Inn river (called Nairs) are several mineral springs. A "Trinkhalle" (hall where they served the mineral water in glasses) was built, also a "Kurhaus" (house for mineral water...

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  • S-charl

    S-charl is a hamlet south of Scuol, located in a remote valley. It seems this place is not from this world - VERY quiet, unspoilt, surrounded by huge mountains, beautiful landscape. One reason might be the very narrow, wild, rough gorge of the Clemgia river that is the only connection between Scuol and S-charl. A postal bus runs a couple of times...

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Scuol Sports & Outdoors

  • Hiking: Ftan - Ardez

    Seriously, this is not a hike - this is a leisure walk. Hardly any elevation difference except for the descent to Ardez at the end, well marked path along the slopes leading through the woods and over pastures, offering stunning views (almost) all the time.The walk starts in Ftan, accessible by postal bus from the station in Scuol. Have a quick...

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  • Hiking: Pass dal Fuorn - S-charl

    This is one of my favourite hikes in the area. Starting point is Pass dal Fuorn (Ofenpass) at an elevation of 2149 m. Hourly bus service from Zernez (-Müstair-Mals/Italy). Trains from Scuol stop in Zernez (to Pontresina), the schedule is co-ordinated, of course.Around the Pass dal Fuorn is the first National Park in Europe. The hike doesn't go into...

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  • Hiking: Sent - Zuort - Vna

    This hike is moderate, all in all maybe four hours including photo stops and a lunch break. It starts in Sent (hourly bus from Scuol), a village that deserves a closer look. Leave the village at the eastern end taking the slowly ascending gravel road (very little traffic) to Kurhaus Val Sinestra. The tree-lined gravel road offers gorgeous views of...

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  • Fountains

    In Scuol you can find a couple of big fountains in the centre of the old village. They were the real focal point of the everyday life in the past years: women gathered here to wash clothes and men in the evening, coming back with the animals, that drank from the fountain

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  • Typical houses

    In Scuol you can find many specimen of the typical houses of Engadin, made of stone, with small windows very ddeep in the façade and big entrance doors.The buldings are very often decorated with "sgraffiti": they are drawings made by scratching the exterior plaster layer. Sometimes you can also find colourful frescos. All this drawings are mainly...

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  • The mineral sources of Scuol

    A special geological location makes Scuol a special place for mineral waters. The town is located on what's called the "Geological Window of Engadin", a cave created by erosion through the different layers of the surface.Magma gas comes to the surface, finding a thinner layer, and gets in contact with water, creating Hydro-Thermal waters rich in...

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