Checked shirts, red socks and hiking pole. The cliché image of hiking is long gone: today, it is en vogue to switch off smartphone and laptop every once in a while and go for a hike in the beauty of nature. And Pontresina is the perfect venue for it: with its 580 km network of hiking trails, it is one of the most popular hiking destinations in Switzerland. Among the highlights are hikes through the ruggedly romantic Rosegtal or on Muottas Muragl – postcard views of the Upper Engadine lakes and the Piz Bernina guranteed. Or the high mountain hike from Muottas Muragl to Alp Languard. The trail leads through the territory of the largest ibex colony in Switzerland. And for those wanting even more, a hike through the only Swiss National Park – just a stone's throw from Pontresina – is a must. Remember to discover Pontresina's Ibex Paradise.
Hiking in Pontresina, the Engadine
The panoramic view of the Engadine lakes is one of the most beautiful in Switzerland
Glacier trail Morteratsch
In Pontresina, the glaciers are virtually on your doorstep. One of them is easily accessible via a 50-minute walk from Morteratsch Station. From there, the glacier trail Morteratsch leads guests to the tongue of the third-longest glacier in the Eastern Alps. On the way there, 16 breakpoints breakpoints provide the perfect opportunity to learn a few facts about the retreat of the Morteratsch Glacier and the mysterious life in its moraine. The perfect accompanying book to “Lebendiges Gletschervorfeld” is available at the Tourist Information Pontresina. For more information visit www.bernina-glaciers.ch.
Free rides with the hiking pass
Perfect for hikers: The Engadine hiking pass grants visitors – be they staying in hotels, apartments or campsites – free travel on the cable cars, buses, and trains of the Upper Engadine. The hiking pass is available for two to six days. Further information available at www.engadin.stmoritz.ch.
FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT HIKING IN THE ENGADINE
Further themed hiking trails in Pontresina
Bernina Railway Trail
16 information boards tell the story of the 100 years of history of the Bernina Railway from the early days up to the modern day. Rare photographs and documents, data and facts, entertaining and tragic factoids make exploring the nature trail a pleasant walk of approximately 20 minutes. All boards are bilingual, German and Romansh. From Pontresina or Surovas Station, the trail leads through the beautiful Taiswald. A description is available at the Tourist Information Pontresina and the ticket counter.
Green Energy Trail: from Lake Bianco to the glacier garden
For those who want to learn more about energy and like to hike, the green energy trail is perfect. Between the Lago Bianco on the Bernina Pass and Cavaglia, against the backdrop of one of the most beautiful mountain landscapes of Switzerland, twelve information boards await hikers. Through a uniquely illustrative approach, they recount the story of the world of energy, with many wondrous facts and figures about green energy. The trail is open from June until the end of October.
Climate Trail Muottas Muragl - Alp Languard
This internationally acclaimed adventure trail leads from Pontresina over the Schafberg, covering a distance of about 9 kilometres. Along the way, it features 15 information boards showcasing natural phenomena such as climate change in the Alps. The climate rail is a WWF Switzerland project in collaboration with the Naturforschende Gesellschaft des Engadin (SESN) and is supported by the municipalities of Pontresina and Samedan as well as private sponsors. The brochure "Auf den Spuren des Klimawandels" is available at the Pontresina Tourist Information for CHF15,-.
Ricola Herb Garden
The Ricola Herb Garden is home to all 13 of the herbs that go into every Ricola herb candy. A succession of small boards inform visitors about sage, lady's mantle, mallow and others. The gardenl starts in Rosegtal and leads into the Taiswald. More information: www.ricola.com/pontresina