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 in which time and everyday life play a secondary role.
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 renowned grand hotels, yet offer very different images and lifestyles. Pontresina is luxurious – but not in the conventional sense. The warm character of the village and its inhabitants make up the true luxury that mountaineers and connoisseurs alike appreciate. 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 various side valleys around Pontresina are among the most popular excursion destinations in the Engadine. Whether hiking in the Morteratsch area, taking a horse-drawn carriage ride into Val Roseg or biking along the almost endless trails, guests relish the unique atmosphere of Pontresina. Inquisitive visitors discover interesting facts about glaciers, climate and ibexes on the various themed trails or in the nearby Swiss National Park.
Mountain climbers' heaven
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. Courses, tours and rental equipment are offered by the Pontresina Mountaineering School, which is one of the oldest in the whole of the Grisons. 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.
"Free Wi-Fi" in Pontresina
For the first time, Pontresina offers free Internet access across a wide range along Via Maistra, from the Pontresina Convention and Event Centre to Hotel Steinbock. The network's name is "Free Wi-Fi Engadin". Once logged on, you'll be connected for a period of two weeks.
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 and traffic barometer www.rhb.ch/staubarometer. 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.