Old Pontresina with view of Val Roseg (© Foto Flury, Pontresina)Old Pontresina with view of Val Roseg (© Foto Flury, Pontresina)
Old Pontresina with view of Val Roseg (© Foto Flury, Pontresina)Old Pontresina with view of Val Roseg (© Foto Flury, Pontresina)


Chronicle of Pontresina & surrounding area

Coins found near Pontresina indicate that the area was already populated during the Bronze Age. The first reference to Pontresina is found in the Gamertingen charter for the years 1137 – 1139. The name Pontresina is derived from "Ponte sarasinae" and means a bridge constructed by the architect "Saraschin". There was already considerable traffic over the Bernina Pass in the Middle Ages. Continuous summer rail operation has been in place since 1910. This period saw rapid growth for Pontresina as a tourist and health resort.

1138 Formation of the current parish, own statutes drawn up in 1587
1549 Introduction of the Reformation by Pietro Paolo Vergerio, former Bishop of Capo d’Istria
1718 A blaze destroys almost the entire part of the village known as Laret and part of the parish archives stored in the attic of San Nicolo Church
1842-1864 Construction of the Bernina road / opening in 1864
1849 Swiss Federal Post travels over the Bernina Pass with its big yellow sleigh for the first time
1850 First summer guests in Pontresina
1905 First year of winter operation
1907 Commissioning of Muottas Muragl Railway
1908 Opening of the Samedan-Pontresina Rhaetian Railway line
1910 Continuous summer service on the Bernina section of the Rhaetian Railway to Tirano (5 July 1910)
1937 Construction of the Chantatsch ski lift
1945 The chairlift to Alp Languard is completed
1956 Construction of the Diavolezza cable car lift
1963 Opening of the Piz Lagalb cable car lift
1969-1970 Construction of the public swimming pool / opening in 1970
1980 Opening of the new Diavolezza cable car lift (125 persons per cable car)
1990-1992 Construction of the Mulin multi-storey car park / opening in 1992
1991 Rebuilding of Alp Languard chairlift
1995-1997 Construction of the Convention and Event Centre Rondo with multi-storey car park / opening of multi-storey car park in 1996 / opening of Convention Centre in December 1997
2001-2003 Construction of Pontresina levee at the foot of the Schafberg / inauguration in 2003
2002 Completion of the redesigned Via Maistra and opening of shopping mile
2003 World Ski Championships in St. Moritz-Pontresina/Engadin
2004 Swiss cross-country ski championships
2004 100th anniversary of the Bernina Ski Club
2004 Acquisition of the Chamanna Segantini by the parish of Pontresina
2006 Adoption of new tourism legislation in the Engadin
2007 Integration of Pontresina tourist services into the new tourism organisation Engadin St. Moritz / termination of operation of the Pontresina health resort and tourism service
2007 Opening of the Bellavita Pool and Spa
2009 Construction of La Resgia via ferrata
2009 Redesign of Cuntschett sports field with two beach volleyball fields
2010 100th anniversary of the resort orchestra and today’s Camerata Pontresina
2010 100th anniversary of the Bernina Railway Line
2010 First Voices on Top music festival
2012 30 years anniversary of Laret markets
2012 Pontresina receives the HolidayCheck Destination Award 2012 as the most hospitable Swiss destination in 2012
2012 On 5 September, by 81 votes to 0, the municipal assembly approves the executive’s motion to allow a third party under certain conditions to develop the Gitögla site
2013 Pontresina joins the Glacier Arena Bernina association
2013 The Swiss Alpine Club SAC celebrates its 150th anniversary
2013 The Cultural Committee and the Giandains protection dam celebrate 10 years of existence, and the Cor Masdo choir its 50th anniversary
2013 Opening of the Pontresina pump track
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