Excursions in Engadin(Switzerland)

Lake Cavloc, the Maloja Pass, Saint Moritz, Sils, Guarda, Bever, Ardez and Scuol.

Lake  Cavloc.

Lake Cavloc is the classic destination for those coming to the Engadin from Chaivenna for a day trip.
Leaving the car parked near the Orden dam, take the dirt road (closed to traffic) in the direction of Valle del Forno, which winds over level ground as far as the Salecina mountain hut. Once over the stream, the road begins to climb through a lovely larch wood (on the right is a turn-off for Bitanbergh Lake), while the view gradually opens onto the pastures of Orden. Next is a short stretch where the path is dug out of the rock that drops down to the valley, with an extraordinary view of the Maloja Pass. Another stretch of level path and there, glimpsed between the pines, are the clear waters of Lake Cavloc (1907m) with a little restaurant perched on a rise.


A number of little lakeside beaches, two of them equipped with grills and wood, are an invitation to stop and enjoy the peace and quiet. Reaching the Cavloc mountain pasture offers a unique opportunity; in the long cowshed a fountain keeps the day’s milk fresh, and visitors can help themselves after leaving an offering. Not to be missed is the path around the lake, which leads back to Maloja by way of the small Bitanbergh Lake (1854m). From the lake, the path runs alongside the “Adventure Trail”.




The Adventure Trail.

The Adventure Trail is a must for families with children (detailed information from the Maloja Tourism Office). Starting immediately after the Orden dam, it ends at Lake Bitabergh and includes six fun crossings, including a rope bridge. It is recommended that children are equipped with a harness, rope and karabiners for this.



The Segantini Trail.

Art and nature combine along the Segantini Trail at Maloja.
In 1886, Giovanni Segantini moved to Saovgnin in the Grissons, and later to Majola, near the post office opposite the Hotel
Schweizerhaus. This is where the Segantini Trail starts, a series of 12 “stations” illustrating the works of the great painter and linking him lastingly with the places where he came for inspiration and to paint his pictures.
The trail was created in 1999 and a well-designed brochure illustrates all the stations. It runs over easy terrain and takes about 2 hours to complete.
However, we recommend you take your time in order to appreciate and understand the great artist’s work.
Station number 10 of the Segantini Trail features a dedication to “Vanity”, which portrays the artist’s wife, Bice, in the water of a “Giant’s Pothole”, a hole worn away in the rock by the friction of the water and stones.





Friedrich Nietzsche in Sils.

The great philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), holidayed in Engadin for a dozen years. After passing the summer of 1879 in Saint Moritz, he elected Sils Maria as his favourite summer home. The philosopher would take walks along the lakeside at Silvaplana and Sils. During these walks, soothed by the sound of the waves on the lake and the wind in the trees, he conceived “Thus Spake Zarathrusta”, his most famous work. It seems that “The Wayfarer and his Shadow” was also conceived during his first stay in Engadin.



Many sports can be enjoyed at the Muot Marais Sports Centre in Sils. Tennis, basketball, volley ball, five-a-side football and Nordic walking in the summer, as well as the playground for children.
In winter there are ice-skating, curling and ice hockey. Nearby are skiing schools for children.
Also available are mountain-bike school and hire, swimming pools and wellness centres at the Hotel Waldhaus or Hotel Schweizerhof, sailing and windsurfing schools and rowing boat hire at Plaun da Lej. There is also a golf course at the Hotel Margna.


The woods and lakes of Saint Moritz.

The numerous little roads that surround and connect the Chamfer, Marsh and Nair lakes lend themselves to peaceful family outings on foot or by bicycle. Also not to be missed is a good walk to the Staz mountain pasture and lake, which is particularly charming all year round and can be reached from Saint Moritz Bad.


It is a great idea to leave the quiet of Cadenabbia and its lake for a day, or even better two, and head for Tirano in Valtellina to enjoy the unforgettable, exciting experience of the “Bernina Express” The journey through the Swiss Alps starts in Tirano with the final destination being Saint Moritz or, if you prefer, Chur.

“From lemon ice-cream to the eternal snows“is how Swiss Railways advertise one of the most beautiful railway journeys in the world. Open observation cars allow travellers to experience all the emotions of 60 kilometres of towering peaks and breathtaking views.
The Train climbs slowly up the right side of the Valle di Polschiavo to reach the Ospizio Bernina station at an altitude of 2253 metres, the highest point reached by any train in Europe without a rack railway.( For reservations www.rhb.ch).

Guarda and Ardez.

Guarda is an enchanting little town situated high above the valley floor. The village is made to be looked at; it feels as if time stood still here three centuries ago. 
The village is “un unicum” of Seventeenth and Eighteenth century common people’s and nobles’ houses, with sgraffiti, vibrant, imaginative decorations in a thousand colours, wooden balconies and other architectural elements typical of the Engadin.
Guarda Tourism Office: 081- 862 2342

Ardez, like Guarda, enjoys a very peaceful position as it is not crossed by the railway or even by the cantonal road.
Although the town is of country origin, there are examples of Sixteenth century Engadin architecture, such as the Casa Planta, Casa Clalguna and Casa Stupan.







The Lower Engadin Museum in Scuol.

The house, or it would be better to say the Building that houses the Museum, closes the Plaz, Scuol’s Town Square. Despite its Engadinese shape, the interior does not correspond to the traditional division of rooms. It is very interesting to see the reconstruction of an entire mill inside, complete with water wheel and the wooden toothed wheels etc.


Scuol Thermal Springs.

“Wellness” is much more than a slogan in Scuol. Nowadays the springs rich in minerals are still used for drinking or for treatments, while the others are directed to heated all-year swimming pools.
The “Bogn Engadin Scuol”, designed by Roland Oberli, is a spa resort complete with a covered central pool, hot and cold water grottoes, sauna, hydromassage and an outdoor circular pool where you can swim while it snows.
The treatment and wellness centre is completed by the new Roman-Irish baths (reserved for adults only).
On the other bank of the Inn is the village of Vulpera with its long tree-lined street of hotels.


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