"At first, the mountains are far away, but with every step on the path up to the hut they come closer. At the beginning the path is pleasant, only at the end does it steepen. And then suddenly your are right in the centre of things and you feel the breath of the high mountains. The Swiss flag is a speck of red amid the icy gleam of the Bernina glaciers." Serviced: Around mid March to mid May, mid June to mid October Specialties from the kitchen: Local dishes, barbecue Character: Ideal starting point for trips on ice and rock in the heart of the Bernina massiv. Numerous beautiful ski touring routes. Well worth for a day trip. Highlights: Fascinating view of the panorama from the terrace of the hut. Alpine roses, which fringe the path up to the hut, bloom in early summer. Touring options: Piz Bernina, Piz Morteratsch, Piz Palü, crossing to the Tschierva hut.