Wild and romantic, sunny, and sheltered from the wind. Pontresina is situated at 1,805 metres above sea level in a side valley, very close to the Bernina Range that includes the two most famous peaks of the Engadine: Piz Palü and Piz Bernina. The latter, at 4,049 metres’ altitude, is the highest peak in the Eastern Alps. Here, you will find peace and tranquillity as well as action and variety. This mountain village, steeped in history, excites from the moment you set foot in it, with the beauty of the traditional Engadine houses and the elegance of large hotels of the Belle Époque immediately transporting you back to a time of olde-worlde charm.
Pontresina is the first choice in the Engadine for mountaineers and connoisseurs.
Alpine lifestyle at its finest
Despite being located only 6 km apart, the cultural differences between the glamorous St. Moritz and Pontresina are considerable. Both of these prime holiday locations share an equally long history of tourism and major grand hotels, yet offer very different images and lifestyles. Pontresina is luxurious – but not in the traditional sense. It is the village’s warm character that constitutes the real luxury so appreciated by both mountaineers and connoisseurs. Pontresina offers exceptional recreational and leisure facilities and is famous for its internationally renowned hotels and restaurants. In short: Pontresina is the epitome of subtle delight.
Starting point for excursions in the Engadine
The numerous side valleys dotted around Pontresina are among the most popular destinations. Whether hiking in the Morteratsch region, taking a carriage ride to the Val Roseg, or enjoying a bike tour along the endless trails, guests relish the unique atmosphere of Pontresina. The numerous mountain peaks, glaciers and high mountain trails of the Bernina Range are sought after by experienced alpinists and mountaineers. A comprehensive range of climbing parks, as well as the via ferrata Piz Trovat and La Resgia complete the action-packed leisure opportunities. The Pontresina Bergsteigerschule, one of the oldest climbing centres in the Grisons, offers courses, tours, and rental equipment. Those who prefer peace and relaxation will find it at one of the many mountain huts and viewing platforms, the public Bellavita Erlebnisbad & Spa, and in the hotel’s spa facilities. Inquisitive minds can discover fascinating facts about glaciers, climate, and wild mountain goats on the different theme trails and hikes in the nearby Swiss National Park.
Getting to Pontresina
The trip on the Rhaetian Railway (RhB) from Chur to the Engadine is one of the most scenic and technically interesting in Europe, with its helical tunnels and vertiginous viaducts. But you can also travel to the Engadine from Landquart via the Klosters – Vereina tunnel. The train journey from Zurich Central Station to Pontresina takes about 3 hours.
Pontresina is also accessible by bus or private car via well-maintained alpine roads from northern Switzerland, Ticino, Italy, and Austria. If you want to avoid going over a mountain pass road by car, you can always load your car onto a car-carrying train in Klosters/Selfranga. All info: www.vereina.ch. Current road conditions can be seen under www.strassen.gr.ch.
There is also an airport not far from Pontresina: Engadine Airport offers flight connections to the international airports of Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Milan and Munich as well as air taxi connections to many other national and international destinations.