St. Moritz – With its array of sporting challenges, stellar events, five anniversaries, and an inspiring natural setting the Engadin mountain summer promises to be uniquely diverse in its contrasts. Engadin St. Moritz is now also providing an interactive, photo-realistic 3D map on its website for its summer season, too. As part of the Allegra Heimvorteil campaign, 125 hosts and personalities from the Engadin will be revealing their top tips in video messages and on postcards.
Mountain bike events
The three-day Engadin Bike Giro is to be held for the second time now in Silvaplana and St. Moritz from 30 June 2017 to 2 July 2017. The mountain bike stage race appeals to mountain bike pros and amateurs alike. The Rocky Mountain Trail Games (11 to 13 August 2017) are a new form of mountain bike event where special timed challenges need to be completed along a circuit. The Piz Nair Sunrise is a favourite with early risers. The mountain railways & cableways take participants up to the summit of Piz Nair well before daybreak, outside the official operating times, with a generous breakfast included. Hikers and incurable romantics are of course also more than welcome. The Sunset Flow is a nice contrast to the Piz Nair Sunrise. Every second Friday evening the flow trails on Corviglia stay open exclusively for those who have still not had enough – or for those who only get to bike in the evening.
What’s new in hiking paradise?
From June onwards, Pontresina will be presenting its very own new Languard Ibex Paradise for people to discover and enjoy. The showcase features lots of information about the alpine ibex, its habitat, and the range of its territory. The ibex experience itself revolves around an exercise-based adventure playground for children, various info points, an ibex tour to the Paradies Hut, and an exhibition at the mountain station itself. What’s more, the 580 km network of trails in the Engadin has been extended to include the Las Agnas trail between Bever and La Punt as well as the Muntisché high-alpine trail between La Punt and Madulain.
Stellar events at 1800 m above sea level
The Tour de Suisse winds its way through the Engadin on June 15 and 16. This year Engadin St. Moritz is an Official Partner and, as a stage location, it will also hold the Mountain Prize. This is part of a long-standing partnership that the three Graubünden resorts of Engadin St. Moritz, Davos Klosters and Arosa enjoy with the enterprise P&I (Schweiz) AG. In early July the pros of Swiss Wrestling will gather for the first time to compete in S-chanf as part of the Graubünden Glarus Cantonal Wrestling Festival. Europe’s highest club jazz festival, the Festival da Jazz, celebrates its 10th anniversary. The focal point is the legendary Dracula Club and other must-see locations such as the Sunny Bar or Muottas Muragl. The British Classic Car Meeting that has been held since 1994 attracts some 200 classic cars in the heart of St. Moritz, combining both elegance and class in the Engadin’s alpine setting. The International Swiss Senior Amateur Championship comprises a three-day golfing tournament for seniors from all over the world. And, at the end of July, fans of fine dining will be able to take their seat at the longest banquet table in the Alps as part of La Tavolata. A novelty at this year’s event is the Tavolata Food Market. Equestrianism is also well represented with the Concours Hippique in Zuoz and the Longines CSI St. Moritz.
Fine dining & hotel highlights
The 110-year-old Kulm Country Club at the Kulm Hotel St. Moritz is once again resplendent in a new look. The Ice Pavilion situated in the Kulm Park at the historic Olympic venue has been renovated by star architect Lord Norman Foster. The Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains is marking the 120th anniversary of the Kempinski luxury hotel group with light shows and lobby concerts featuring young talented musicians. The Waldhaus Sils remains just as enticing in summer, too, with its spa and wellness oasis. During the Suvretta Art Week the Suvretta House invites participants to attend a painting course with well-known artist Nicki Heenan. The Hotel Cresta Palace in Celerina has undergone a complete revamp of its premises and, from this summer, is offering for the first time a staziun da basa, i.e. a comprehensive service station for sports and nature enthusiasts. Various premises at the Hotel Walther are also being renovated in time for its 110th anniversary this summer. And in the heart of the popular ski resort of Salastrains, restaurateur Reto Mathis is opening the CheCha Club this summer 2017, a restaurant with wonderful views complete with adjoining club concept.
Cultural insights into the Engadin
The Museum Engiadinais in St. Moritz has reopened its doors after two years. It houses treasures from the Engadin such as historical interiors that date back five hundred years or so, special exhibitions, and an entire room on the Romansh language itself. In other cultural news the Mili-Weber-Haus this year celebrates its 100th anniversary with, among others, an information trail along the lake of St. Moritz and Via Dimlej. And at the new Museo Fortezza in Maloja the three Maloja fortifications hurriedly erected on the eve of the World War II are now open to visitors.
Interactive, photo-realistic 3D maps
Why not look up all the latest data from the comfort of your own home, explore the terrain virtually, and plan your next holiday in the mountains? This high-resolution image material is also an ideal way of exploring the resort on site, right down into the side valleys. Navigating through the mountain landscapes is intuitive and easy to grasp – and a good deal simpler than some topographical maps. The innovative 3D project was created in co-operation with the Davos Klosters Destination.
From scenic hikes to BBQ evenings by the lakeshore and horse-drawn carriage rides deep into picturesque valleys: local hosts have posted 125 video messages and postcards featuring the sheer diversity of contrasts of the Engadin mountain summer. The postcards are available at various hotels and the Tourist Information Offices.
Attractive offers and packages
The Mountain Railways & Cableways Included offer is a big hit: indeed, there’s no cheaper way to reach such heights! Guests who stay more than one night at one of the 100 and more participating hotels qualify for the mountain railways ticket for up to 13 mountain railways & cableways transporting passengers in Engadin St. Moritz. With the Mountain Railways All-inclusive offer, guests who book a holiday apartment also get to benefit from free use of the mountain railways and cableways. In addition to passengers, the offer also covers the transportation of mountain bikes & dogs on up to 13 mountain railways and cableways in Engadin St. Moritz. Both offers – the ‘Mountain Railways & Cableways Included’ and the ‘Mountain Railways All-inclusive’ – are valid as of the second consecutive night’s stay at the same hotel or holiday apartment. The Mountain Bike Specials offer is a great way to make use of the 400+ km of biking trails. And with the Family Summer Specials offer, everything you need for a carefree family holiday is already included. These offers cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.
Getting the summer season underway
From May 21 onwards the Diavolezza aerial cable-car will be whisking hiking enthusiasts and mountain lovers up to the glacier arena. Those wishing to enjoy the views up on Muottas Muragl can do so on the Muottas Muragl funicular from June 3. The St. Moritz Bad-Signal aerial cableway is the first cableway to get the summer season underway up to the Corviglia from 10 June 2017 onwards; the Celerina-Marguns gondola cable-car and the Chantarella railway follow suit on June 24. In the Corvatsch area the Surlej-Corvatsch cable car starts operating on June 17, followed by the Sils-Furtschellas aerial cableway on June 24. www.engadin.stmoritz.ch
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