On arrival, you will be enchanted by Pontresina’s wild, romantic, sunny and wind-sheltered setting, 1,800 m above sea level and encircled by the Bernina mountain range. This Alpine village naturally grown in the course of history stands out for an unparalleled choice of exciting activities such as hiking, mountain biking, climbing and mountaineering. Our bucket list contains 10 suggestions for excursions to the summery environs of Pontresina.
Bucket List for the summer in Pontresina
"10 summer activities not to be missed"
1. Enjoy salon music in Tais forest
Listen to salon music performed by Camerata Pontresina in the midst of Tais forest. The summer season features 99 free concerts. Close your eyes and let your ears be pampered.
2. Discover the Pontresina ibex paradise
Some 1,600 ibixes cannot possibly all be wrong. The animal depicted in the heraldic symbol of the canton of Graubünden feels most at ease in the mountains surrounding Pontresina. Go on an entertaining venture to keep track of the marvellous setting in the Pontresina Ibex Paradise. On your way up, various mountain cabins will be there to cater to your refreshment needs. Grab your camera, and off you go!
3. Have a brunch feast at the Morteratsch Alpine cheese dairy
Experience nature in its most pristine form, having a solid Alpine brunch in a unique mountainscape setting. What’s more, the Morteratsch Alpine cheese dairy is going to introduce you to traditional cheese-making.
4. Hike to the Morteratsch glacier
No summer bucket list can possibly go without a walk. Here’s our special recommendation: Walk the Morteratsch glacier trail to the tip of the third-longest glacier in the Eastern Alps. Along the way, children will learn about Sabi, the glacier spirit.
5. Work your way through the high-ropes course
Balance, swing and climb your way through Pontresina’s high-ropes course out in the forest, and be challenged by rope bridges, rope slides, balance beams and other obstacles.
6. Have a bath in Lake Staz
Take a dive, relax or barbecue some meat at Lej da Staz. Lake Staz, situated in the midst of a wide-open clearing in the vast Staz forest between St. Moritz and Pontresina, is the classic among Upper Engadine’s bathing-lakes. Gorgeous!
7. Marvel at the sunset at Muottas Muragl
Famous painter Giovanni Segantini, writers and philosophers couldn’t be without it. Neither can hikers and sun worshippers today. Muottas Muragl’s panoramic view of the plateau of lakes and its surrounding mountains has always had mesmerizing appeal, more than any picture postcard. Enjoy a unique sunset, and spend romantic moments in the company of your most loved one.
8. Ride the "Bernina-Express 673"
Is your bike-tour of the summer yet undone? Go and check out the Bernina-Express 673, a mountain trail par excellence. Up or down - a pleasure for every biker. And do not miss to take a picture of the mindblowing views.
9. Be a climbing-pro, without crampons in a via ferrata
Climb all the way from Pontresina to Alp Languard or mount the Piz Trovat in only hiking boots in a choice of attractive white-blue-white-marked alpine routes. For climbers, beginners and families provide the via ferrata La Resgia and Piz Trovat I and II, plenty of challenges.
10. Have breakfast with a view at Alp Languard
Restaurant Alp Languard’s sundeck affords splendid views of the Bernina mountain range. With a bit of luck, you might get a glimpse of some ibices. The perfect place to start the day on a delicious breakfast.