In the Upper Engadine, you can reach out and almost touch the sky. The lake glistens in the afternoon light and the pine forests are sweet with the scent of fresh resin. Here are some ideas for activities you might like to pursue at this time of the year. Have a look at our activities map PDF.
Ideas for Engadine summer days
The number of hiking possibilities is almost endless in the scenic landscapes of Engadin St. Moritz. Ride in a comfortable mountain railway up the Piz Nair, Corvatsch or Diavolezza – which are all well over the 3,000 metres mark –and hike in one of the many mountains with panoramic views, such as Corviglia, Signal or Muottas Muragl. Hotel guests staying for at least two nights can enjoy free travel on all mountain railways in the Engadin St. Moritz region as well as public transport in the valley (bus and RhB). For hiking possibilities a little further afield, we suggest you explore Switzerland’s national park, which is only a stone’s throw away from St. Moritz.
Mountain bike enthusiasts have seen some exciting innovations around the Upper Engadine in recent years. Three new flow trails have been created on the St. Moritz’ backyard mountain Corviglia alone. Together with another 400 kilometres of trails, the St. Moritz railway tour and trails like the "Bernina Express", no biker needs to stick around in one place for too long. There are arduous ascents to magnificent viewpoints, adventurous pass crossings and challenging single trails; but also comfortable valley tours and side valleys with wide paths for the family bike are waiting to be explored. And that’s not all. Bikers can take the mountain railway in Celerina and St. Moritz to popular points of departure for bike tours.
As a trend sport, Stand Up Paddling has been surging on a wave of popularity in recent years. Originally conceived with the idea of riding waves, the sport has evolved even further so that stand up paddling is now possible on lakes, too, as part of an enjoyable tour. The Engadin mountain lakes in the morning hours make for a particularly idyllic experience.
In summer, the Engadine becomes a golfer‘s paradise and the Kulm Hotel lets those eager to play get a head start. The two 18-hole golf courses of Samedan and Zuoz and the 9-hole Kulm golf course offer an enjoyable round and a sporting challenge.
Bathing in the lakes
All the sunshine in the Engadine warms up the mountain lakes to over 20°C – perfect for cooling off after a cycling or hiking tour. As well as making for great bathing, the three scenic St. Moritz lakes Lej da Staz, Lej Nair, and Lej Marsch are wonderful spots for simply relaxing, picnicking or having a barbecue at one of the barbecue areas.
Kiting, surfing and sailing. The frisky Maloja wind that plays over the beautiful Lake Silvaplana at an altitude of 1,800 meters, makes for the great wind and kite surfing scene here. Sailing enthusiasts, on the other hand, swear by Lake St. Moritz. And if the wind fails, you can row or do the rounds on the stand-up paddle board.
A carriage ride is a romantic experience not to be missed during your stay in the Engadine. Our insider tip: take a ride on the restored Grand Hotel Kronenhof coach and choose one of these three beautiful destinations: Val Roseg, Lej da Staz or the Morteratsch Glacier. Benefit from our special rate of CHF 280, which includes a round trip for a maximum of five passengers including two hours waiting time at the destination. Each additional waiting hour costs CHF 50. For more details or to reserve a carriage, please contact our concierge at T. +41 81 836 80 00.
How about a discovery tour around the holiday region of Engadine St. Moritz? We recommend a ride through the UNESCO World Heritage site with the "Little Red", as the Rhaetian Railway is affectionately called, from the glaciers down to the palm trees in Tirano. Or hike in the Swiss National Park in Zernez, explore an alpine pass then discover the southern charm of the Italian town of Chiavenna.
When does the running season start in the Engadin? Well, answering this question is almost impossible since the running season actually never ends! Here, we don’t stow away our trail running shoes once autumn is over. No way! At most we may replace them with a waterproof pair with extra deep treads. If you want to travel throughout the year – and through the Engadin, of course – and run, our high valley is the perfect place for you.
Like no other running sport, orienteering requires both speed and brains. Its popularity is widely spread, and runners of all generations dash across meadows, hurry through forests, chop their way through undergrowth and jump over creeks. They are always in search of the next control point – which they will find in the Engadin, where several orienteering courses offer alpine running fun for experienced trail runners, nature-loving top athletes and families with kids.