The many family hotels, with their kids’ clubs and play areas, promise endless fun for their youngest guests. But that’s not all: the whole of the Engadin is one big adventure playground for families, with a fabulous wealth of attractions. One holiday is barely enough to try them all!
Here in the Engadin, young children have fun discovering the world in all its variety. However they explore – on their own little legs or from the comfort of a pushchair or child carrier – they are guaranteed a wild time.
Thanks to the many pushchair-accessible footpaths, going for a walk with young kids is child’s play. With a little imagination, even a walk of 3 to 4 hours becomes a thrilling adventure trail. Is that a stream? Let’s build a dam! The path starts winding… what do you think could be lurking around the next corner? Psst, can you hear that bird? What do you think she might be telling her friends?
Time flies along the popular adventure trails, with their fun layout and imaginative activity stations. Along the “Smugglers’ Trail” in Maloja, for example, families learn all about the life of smugglers long ago and search together for smugglers’ booty. The “Fairy-tale Trail” in Bever, meanwhile, enjoys cult status among youngsters and the not-so-young, too: huge fairy-tale books, illustrated with giant sculptures, dot the path. This is one of the most popular of all the family walks, along with the “Schellenursli Trail” in St. Moritz, dedicated to the hero of the popular Swiss children’s book “Schellenursli” (translated as “A bell for Ursli”). Stops along the way, decorated with pictures and wooden sculptures, tell the tale of the adventurous little boy from the Engadin.
Thanks to an especially broad and varied choice of facilities and activities for parents and children, the resorts of Pontresina and Zuoz have won the prestigious “Family Destination” label from the Swiss Tourism Federation. Our tip: discover the magic of the Klapperlapapp fairy-tale festival with your young kids, or follow “Alice in wander-land” through the pristine nature in and around Pontresina.
The Rhaetian Railway has a variety of activities and attractions for families so they are sure to reach their favourite destination: “Fun and games”. Young travellers can enjoy the slide in the play corner of the family carriage, for example, or marvel at the viaducts and views along the spectacular railway line. Up for even more railway action? Hop aboard a steam train with Clà Ferrovia, the “children’s ticket conductor” with a funny moustache and fancy uniform. During the ride he tells kids adventure-filled stories about his life, joins them in fun activities and sings catchy songs with them. Parents are in for a treat, too, as they get to enjoy the ride to the fullest. There’s also a very special little train to the Swiss National Park: the yellow “Choo-choo train” brings visitors of all ages from Zuoz station right to the park entrance.