Portrait and directions
The finer pleasures of higher altitudes

Pontresina Portrait

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. 

Facts and Figures

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.

Family holidays in Pontresina im Engadin

The small family ski resort Languard, nestled in the heart of Pontresina, offers a modern infrastructure for beginners and experts. And the best: Children up to the age of 15 ski for free here. From the "Zauberteppich" [magic carpet] at the Snowli Kids Village for ski school guests to the platter and drag lift, everything is there. The Swiss Ski and Snowboard School Pontresina ensures successful first steps in the snow. 

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Children up to the age of 15 ski for free at the family ski resort

What to expect at the family ski resort

The small family ski resort Languard, nestled in the heart of Pontresina, offers a modern infrastructure for beginners and experts. And the best: Children up to the age of 15 ski for free here. From the "Zauberteppich" (magic carpet) at the Snowli Kids Village for ski school guests to the platter and drag lift, everything is there. The Swiss Ski and Snowboard School Pontresina ensures successful first steps in the snow.

Incidentally: the magic carpet next to tepee is available to the public

from 5.1. to 2.2.2020 every Sunday from 13.00 - 15.00; from 8.2. to 23.2.2020 every Saturday and Sunday from 13.00 to 15.00 and from 1.3. - 8.3.2020 every Sunday from 13.00 - 15.00 at a cost of CHF 5.00 per person. Booking is not required. If professional help is needed, a ski instructor is bookable on site. The ski resort is suited for training and competition slopes: in the winter season, the Skiclub Bernina organizes various youth ski races and night slalom races here. Parking is available in the nearby carparks Mulin and Rondo. 

INFORMATION ABOUT OPERATING DATES, PRICES AND SKI SCHOOL PONTRESINA

Operating dates and prices
Download the family ski resort's current operating dates, opening hours and prices.

Chair lift Languard
T +41 81 842 62 55, languard@pontresina.ch

Schweizer Ski- und Snowboardschule Pontresina 
Via Maistra 220 
7504 Pontresina
T +41 81 544 0 555
ski@pontresina-sports.ch
www.pontresina-sports.ch

Offers and activities

Public magic carpet

The magic carpet next to tepee is available to the public from 6.1. to 3.3.2019 every Saturday and Sunday from 13:00 to 15:00 at a cost of CHF 5.00 per person (non-transferable ticket). The use of the slope is only allowed with ski. The booking is not required. If professional help is necessary, the teacher is bookable on site. In case of accidents responsibility is borne by the users.

Restaurant "Languard Beizli"

This restaurant has a fantastic location with a unique architecture. You can flow the kids while there are skiing. The family ski resort Languard ist right on the spot. Simple and economically priced kitchen, with different specialities are offered. T +41 81 842 66 60, info@grond-engadin.ch

Languard sledge hill for children

Located right at the heart of the village of Pontresina near the Languard ski-lift you will find a 250-metre-long sledge run for children. Parking is available in the nearby carparks Mulin and Rondo.

Children's ski race

Every Thursday morning takes place a children's ski race for all children‘s ski classes in the Kids Skiworld Languard. Prize giving ceremony with Snowli at 16.30.

Viva la Via

We look back on a successful Viva la Via summer. With many attractions, provided by service providers from and around Pontresina, the Via Maistra was revived alternately to the Lare market every second Thursday. Innumerable possibilities were available to locals and guests. Many thanks to all involved.

A review of the highlights: Caricaturist, fashion show, bouncy castle, XXL table football game, jassing, boulder cubes, roller ski races, village orienteering, bike parcous and finally the highlight the Pedestrians concert. 

After the show is before show - we are already planning for next year.

Dates for 2020:
02.07.2020
16.07.2020
30.07.2020
13.08.2020
27.08.2020

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Flyer 2019


PONTRESINA
STROLL AND PLAY MUSIC

Thursday, 4. july 2019

The Viva la Via is starting with the themes strolling and street music. Visitors can stroll along the Via Maistra Street and enjoy music, fashion shows, drinks and food in the mittle of Pontresina. 

PROGRAM

from 5pm

Fondue and raclette
at Sennerei Parkplatz 

Mongolish grill
at Sporthotel

Live music

5pm Beppe Martinelli on the Hotel Bernina balcony
6pm Camerata Pontresina on the Hotel Schweizerhof balcony
6.30pm Cor Masdo on the Rondo forecourt
7pm Trio Giarsun at Sennerei
7pm Musikgesellschaft Pontresina on the Sporthotel balcony

Various culinary stops

PHOTOCAB for funny pics

Cartoonist painting 

Fashion Show
 

CONCERTS

from 10.30pm 
Pitschna Scena Pat Burgener

ROAD CLOSURE
no closure

PONTRESINA
GAMES

Thursday, 18th july 2019

Playing games is not just a childrens thing. At this Viva la Via, everyone can play together, no matter what age.

PROGRAM

from 5pm

XXL-Soccertable and bar
on the Rondo forecourt

Various XXL- games
on the Via Maistra Street

Various games 
from the Ludothek

Vouncy castle and miniature golf
from Rhaetian Railway

Jass evening 
infront of the Hotel Post with Jass teacher

Storytelling with Cla Ferrovia 
from 5 - 7.30 pm

Creative Box

CONCERTS

from  10.30pm
Pitschna Scena Dana

 

ROAD CLOSURE
Rondo to Hotel Bernina
from 5pm - 8pm

PONTRESINA
CELEBRATIONS

Thursday, 1. august 2019

The biggest birthdayparty of switzerland takes place on the 1st of august and Pontresina jones the celebration. Visitors enjoy the national-day-program at the Rondo municipal building and convention centre. 

PROGRAM

from 8am
hiking concert
with the Alphorn ensemble Alvetern

11am
Camerata Pontresina 
at tais forrest or St. Niculo church

3pm
Klapperlapapp
at Hotelpark Saratz

4pm
1. august apéro

5pm
Food and beverage
at Rondo forecourt

5pm
speech Flurin Caviezel 

5.30pm
1. august concert of the Camerata grandformation
at Rondo

8pm
Live band "Mr. & Mrs. Baby"

9pm
Childrens-lanternparade

10pm
Laser show with music

from 10.30pm
Pitschna Scena Bünzlikrachers

 

ROAD CLOSURE
3pm - 00.30am from Rondo to Villa Gianotti
10pm - 10.30pm crossroad infront of Rondo