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.
Eco-power trail from Lago Bianco to the glacier garden
Hikers keen to learn more about power generation are spot on taking the eco-power trail. Enjoy one of Switzerland’s most beautiful mountain landscapes, and discover twelve information panels, along the way between Lago Bianco on the Bernina mountain pass and Cavaglia. The panels are there to give a graphic introduction to the world of energy and tell many a baffling story about ecological power. The trail is open from June through the end of October. Repower and Bernina Glaciers combined forces to produce a Pixi children’s book with Pluschin, the drop of water, taking children onto an adventurous journey on the eco-power trail and giving them an opportunity to unravel the secrets of turning water into power. At the end of the trail, children will be rewarded with a little surprise. The Pixi book on Pluschin’s fast-moving journey is available for free at tourist information in Pontresina and Val Poschiavo as well as most hotels.
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
Val Roseg discovery trail
Under the heading of Bernina Glaciers, another Pixi children’s book has been published, this one leading into Val Roseg. Children will enjoy instructive entertainment along the marvellous hiking trail lined with ten stamping points as Fix, the cunning fox, points out the beauty of his valley and everything to be heard, seen or sniffed at. Fix will teach you about the forest, the animals, hunting and a lot more. Pick up Fix’s scent. Children following his trail right to its end will be rewarded with a surprise. Check the panels for information on forestry, hunting, lichen and birds. Shortly, so-called “interactive stops” are going to be set up at five points of information. The discovery trail was initiated by Club da Fix in close co-operation with cantonal agencies. The children’s book is available for free at tourist information in Pontresina and Val Poschiavo, at the first stamping points as well as at most hotels.
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,-.