As befits the capital of the Maloja region, Samedan lies in the heart of the Upper Engadin. It is about the same distance from Bergell at one end and from Unterengadin at the other end of our high valley. And thus, very close to everything there is to experience, do and enjoy in our region.
Situated at 1720 m above sea level on the sunny valley floor at the edge of the wide La Plaiv, Samedan has already recommended itself as a hub in many respects. This is where the world comes together, whether by the Rhaetian Railway, which maintains one of the canton's most important junction stations here, or by air with a course to Engadin Airport, the highest airport in Europe. And from here our guests can comfortably explore the numerous excursion destinations in the surrounding area, because the dense network of public transport takes them quickly and easily to all corners of our high valley.
Would you have known that the municipality of Samedan includes not "only" the village of the same name between Celerina and Bever, but also some of the most characteristic landscapes and mountains of the entire Engadin? There are two large sub-areas of a total of 114 km2 that form Samedan: The smaller area (47 km2) includes the entire Val Muragl, the Val Champagna, the valley floor of the Inn with the village, the mountain region Padella, the Piz Ot as well as a large part of the Val Bever up to the border with Bergün; the larger area (67 km2) unites in itself the imposing mountain ring of Piz Morteratsch, Piz Bernina, Piz Roseg, Piz Corvatsch and Piz Rosatsch!
Muottas Muragl, with the Engadin panoramic view par excellence, belongs as much to Samedner's local mountain as the picturesque Val Roseg, one of the most beautiful side valleys in our region. A hike on Samedner ground is therefore exemplary for the contrasting nature of the Engadin. With its contrasts it fascinates its visitors: gentle mountain tops with lush alpine meadows lie here right next to mighty glaciers, snow-covered peaks, dense forests and glittering lakes.
Samedan does not only adorn itself with natural belleza, but also the stately Engadin houses of its village center demonstrate postcard idyll. First and foremost, highlights such as the Upper Engadin cultural center Chesa Planta, the rococo stuccowork in the stylish and restored "La Tuor" represent valuable Engadin cultural assets. The ecclesiastical buildings - three in number and each a true architectural gem - are also among the most important architectural monuments in Grisons.
Among the cultural treasures of Sameden, we must not forget the intangible heritage of the Rhaeto-Romanic language , which accompanies us every step of the way. Did you know, for example, that the name of the municipality is present in three different ways? The Lower Engadin/German pronunciation [sɐˈmɑːdə(n)] was officially replaced in 1943 by the version [sɐˈmeːdən], although the popular pronunciation [sameˈdaːn] with emphasis on the final syllable still persists among foreigners.
… through Samedan! On our guided village tour through our beautiful village under expert guidance there are all kinds of things to marvel at, admire and experience. While looking at the beautiful Engadin patrician houses and listening to historical anecdotes and interesting fun facts, the time will fly by.