Icy temperatures in the Engadin? Fantastic! That means it’s time for fun and games on the region’s ice rinks. We have been gliding around on skates for more than 140 years here. You will find ice skating, ice hockey, different kinds of curling and even a cross-country ice trail: come and join the action!
The Engadin tourism pioneer Johannes Badrutt once received eight curling stones as a gift – but to this day, no one knows who sent them. We do know, however, that the ever-inventive hotelier was always looking for original winter activities for his guests, and never did things by halves. As far back as 1880, he organised the first curling match on the Continent, and since then curling has become ever more popular in the Engadin. No wonder enthusiasts and their polished granite stones are warmly welcome at most of the region’s ice rinks.
The related sport of Bavarian curling, meanwhile, has an even longer history. This is among the oldest of all winter sports, and was one of the most popular winter pastimes as far back as the 16th Century. This is a fun game for families and groups of friends alike: find out where you can play here.
Ice skating isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.
When it comes to ice skating, too, the Engadin fully lives up to its reputation as a winter sports paradise. The region boasts no fewer than eleven ice rinks, some of which have both an artificial and a natural rink: ice skating enthusiasts are in for a treat!
From La Punt in the north to the skating tracks on frozen Lake St. Moritz and over to Maloja in the south, ice skaters can perfect their pirouettes throughout the season. Those who need rather more practice – or who have never skated before – will find penguins and other skating aids to help them across the ice.
Visitors who have not brought their own ice skates can hire locally.
Like to break away from the rink for once to skate across our fairy-tale winter landscapes? Welcome to the Madulain Ice Path! Starting at the works yard in Madulain, the “skateline” leads along a trail of ice across the snow-covered meadows beside the river Inn, revealing ever-changing views: a magical and unforgettable experience of winter. On certain dates, enthusiasts can even take part in full-moon skating sessions.