If you want to immerse yourself fully in the beauty of the Engadin mountains, the best way to do this is on a hiking trip that lasts several days. After all, with so many beautiful places to visit, who can decide on just one? During a long-distance hike you will cross impressive alpine landscapes and diverse cultural areas - there is no better way to get away from it all!
The Via Engiadina, the Engadin high-altitude trail, exudes a summery charm that hardly any hiker can resist. Those who follow the trail reach the picturesque Lower Engadin from the high valley of the Upper Engadine. Being in good physical condition is a prerequisite to master this multi-day hike, but fragrant stone pine forests, blooming mountain meadows, and foaming torrents quickly allow you to forget the occasional rigorous ascent. Over several stages, the Via Engiadina offers wonderful views and insights into typical Engadin villages such as Bever, S-chanf, and Zuoz. The hamlet of Grevasalvas above Plaun da Lej also invites you to visit on your way. And thanks to its picturesque location and quaint houses it once served as a Heidi movie set.
"Stop, I'm not going any further, I'm staying here!" Giovanni Segantini is said to have exclaimed this when he arrived in Savognin in 1886 while traveling through Parc Ela. A perfectly understandable reaction due to the colorful flowers on the window sills, the fresh mountain air, and, above all, the golden shining sun, which from then on inspired him to immortalize the magic of light in the Alps in his works. Today, the Senda Segantini, the Segantini Trail, leads from Savognin to Samedan, because Giovanni Segantini was also later drawn to the Engadin. The hike includes numerous views that can be discovered in his paintings. Idyllic highlights line the path, including Alp Flix, one of the most important high moors in Europe; the Sheep Mountain at Piz Muragl, where Segantini's famous work 'Alpine Triptych' was created; and the Engadin lake landscape.
The Bernina Tour is a six-day hike organised by Eurotrek that starts in Val Poschiavo and leads via Diavolezza and Munt Pers down into the picturesque Val da Fain. The itinerary continues through the wild and pristine Val Roseg, with views of the sparkling glaciers of the Bernina massif, before finishing by Lake Sils: a hike full of contrasts, with ever-changing views.
The Bernina Trek, meanwhile, is a high-altitude hike created by the Swiss Alpine Club, with overnight accommodation at SAC mountain refuges. Starting at Madulain, the route traverses the Albula region to finish in the Valposchiavo. The “classic” version takes eight days, and leads through spectacular mountain scenery and past deep-blue alpine lakes, icy glacial streams, and snow-capped peaks. Experienced mountaineers can add one or more summit ascents along the route; the choice is wide. Gentler variants of this trek – such as the “Pachific” route – enable families and groups with different fitness levels to enjoy this experience of the high Alps, too.
The Bernina-Trek is a long distance hike from one SAC-Hut to another. But it is also much more. Each SAC-Hut of the SAC Bernina is unique and offers its own warm hospitality in spectacular surroundings.
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