Speed: 130 km/h. Centrifugal force: 4.5 G. Fun factor: 10 out of 10! The Olympia Bob Run from St. Moritz to Celerina is the world’s oldest bobsleigh run and the only natural ice track that still stages international races. In a history dating back 125 years, it has served as a venue for two Winter Olympics as well as 24 world championships. A guest ride on the Olympia Bob Run promises 75 seconds of pure adrenalin. As you thunder down the track in a four-person bob, accompanied by a professional pilot and brakeman, you experience all the forces and challenges – as well as the thrills – of this spine-tingling sport, especially when you hurtle round the legendary Horseshoe corner. Anyone over the age of 18 with a healthy heart and a sense of adventure can sign up for one of these high-speed guest rides; the price includes helmet hire, transport back to the start, personal certificate with pin and a glass of bubbly to celebrate.
Two of our cross-country ski trails have particularly delightful names: the “Obere Traumloipe” (“Upper Dream Trail”, no. 52) and the “Untere Traumloipe” (“Lower Dream Trail”, no. 53). They fully deserve them, too: the two trails, each graded black and measuring about 12 km, lead from Celerina into the idyllic Staz forest, a snowy landscape of fairy-tale charm. But take note: these are dream trails primarily for those who enjoy an energetic experience of cross-country skiing, with plenty of ups and downs. The Staz forest is also the setting for one of the more demanding stages of the Engadin Skimarathon, which links the trail network around Celerina and Pontresina with the magnificent routes along the Upper Engadin plateau and across its frozen lakes, thereby offering enthusiasts a virtually boundless choice of sensational routes.
Hot punch, fragrant mulled wine, delicious gingerbread … these seasonal treats are all the more enjoyable at a pretty Christmas market. The one in the historical heart of our village promises a warm welcome and a wonderfully festive ambiance. Stroll past the beautifully decorated stalls, taste all kinds of delicacies and enjoy all the charm of Advent with friends, family and loved ones. Every day, from 4.30 to 6.30 pm, our guest of honour, Santa Claus, drops by to conjure extra-wide smiles on the happy faces of our younger guests.
Saturday | December 4, 2021
From 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Historic village center & community square, Celerina
For our little guests, Santa Claus comes from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Shhhh! Stop for a moment and listen… can you hear anything? No? Wonderful, isn’t it? On a snowshoe walk, you experience the bewitching tranquillity of pristine nature to the full – for example on the Staz Forest Trail (3.5 km), which takes you through still woodland and across snowy forest clearings. The itinerary leads from the cross-country ski school in Celerina to the cross-country ski centre in Pontresina by the station. The route is marked, but you can also treat the pink wooden signposts simply as points of reference, and make your own tracks across the undulating snow. You certainly will not lose your way, so you can happily follow your whims to explore the sparkling winter landscape in all its enchanting beauty.
For many visitors, winter in the Engadin is synonymous with “endless snow sports fun”. And for this, Celerina makes an ideal base. The shortest and most direct access is via the gondola station down in the resort, straight up to the Marguns summit station. This is the gateway to the extensive Corviglia ski area, venue for legendary Winter Olympics and World Championship races, as well as the magnificent pistes and ski touring terrain around Trais Fluors.
Ice rink? Yes, we have one. Curling stones, curling brooms, Bavarian curling ice stocks? We have those, too. A dynamic team looking forward to an amusing and convivial sports session on the ice? That’s you and your friends. Voilà: the action can begin! Whatever you opt for – curling or Bavarian curling, an introductory lesson or an evening’s fun on the ice – you’ll need a good eye and a steady hand; expect a beautifully maintained rink, exciting games and plenty of laughs!
You can of course head up the Corviglia quickly enough on the Chantarella funicular from St. Moritz-Dorf – or you can walk over from the Celerina–Marguns gondola summit station along one of our two new winter walking paths for an experience of fairy-tale charm. These two trails, prepared regularly and walkable in normal hiking boots, lead away from the lively pistes and offer a delightfully peaceful experience of the winter wonderland. To reach them from Celerina, take the gondola up to Marguns; from here, either walk up to the Corviglia funicular summit station or head gently downhill to the Chantarella middle station in just an hour.
The church of San Gian with its two unmatching towers is our region’s landmark. It is one of the valley’s old mother churches: in former times, christenings and burials could take place only here. Perched on top of a hill on the plain between Celerina, Samedan and Punt Muragl, the church is unmissable. Built in the 11th Century and extended in the 14th Century, the complex includes a small Romanesque and a large Gothic tower; the interiors boast fine frescoes and a delightful painted wooden ceiling. In 1682, a bolt of lightning struck the larger tower, whose steeple was never rebuilt. But why not?
Well, in 1670 an impressive new church was built in baroque style in the old heart of Celerina, intended to serve as the new village church: Bel Taimpel. When you visit, look out for two intriguing features. First of all, the church benches reveal on which side men and women sat: the “men’s benches” on the right side have deeper seats with ornate backs, while the “women’s benches” on the left have narrower seats, with simple backs added only much later. Second, once outside the church, look up at the golden weathercock on the steeple: it can flap its wings! A simple wire mechanism enables this little marvel, which you can admire daily at 8 am, noon and 4 pm.
Wintertime is fondue time. Or more precisely, winter is tasty-fondue-with-happy-friends time. This delightful way to conclude an enjoyable winter’s day on the snow is, of course, available in Celerina, too. The “Chäs Beizli” at the Cresta Palace is a cosy panelled restaurant specialising in fondue and Raclette that promises a convivial atmosphere as well as delicious versions of these traditional winter dishes.
It’s Wednesday evening and you’ve nothing lined up? Impossible in Celerina! Every Wednesday evening here, various musicians entertain the public at ever-changing locations. See you on Wednesday, then!