Pontresina

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Pontresina

Breathe in the fresh mountain air of the Alps in this picture-perfect traditional Engadine village surrounded by the awe-inspiring Bernina Range and glacier valleys.

Discover one of the most popular hiking destinations in Switzerland by heading to Pontresina. Located in the Engadine region, this cute mountain village is your stepping stone to glaciers, high-altitude lakes, conifer forests and ibex colonies.

Join a village tour from the Tourist Information Center, on Wednesday afternoons, from June to October. Hear the stories behind the village’s “Sgraffito” murals in the Engadine style and the 12th-century frescoes in the Santa Maria Burial Church.

The village’s mountain and valley trails suit just about everyone. In spring, take a guided tour into the Val Languard to spot ibex, marmots and deer in the wild. Alternatively, take the chairlift up Alp Languard at 7,650feet (2,332 meters) and visit the Ibex Gallery on the summit, then follow the trail down to look for mountain mammals independently.

Hike through the Roseg Valley and up Muottas Muragl for stunning views of the Upper Engadine lakes and Piz Bernina. Experienced climbers can scale the 13,284-feet (4,049-meter) high Piz Bernina peak.

The first snowfall is the signal for a range of new thrilling options. Rent a fatbike, go cross-country skiing or grab your skis or snowboard to rush down the slopes of the Diavolezza, Corviglia, and Corvatsch ski resorts. See the Roseg, Tschierva, Sella and Pers Glaciers and don’t miss the Morteratsch, the third-longest glacier in the eastern Alps.

Pontresina itself is known for its highly traditional festivals. Cheer on local couples in decorated horse-drawn sleighs during the “Schlitteda" on the second Sunday in January. On March 1, witness the colorful “Chalandamarz” tradition whereby local boys dressed in blue-and-red outfits walk from their houses with cowbells and cracking whips to chase out the winter spirits. At Easter, roll boiled eggs down the Crast’Ota hill for a fun custom called “eiertrölen.”

Getting to Pontresina is easy because the Samedan Airport and St. Moritz are just a short drive away. If you come here just for the day, consider taking the train, because various hiking trails start from the railway station. In winter, arrange for a traditional sled to await you for a tour of Stazerwald and the Roseg Valley. A Swiss experience simply doesn’t get more romantic than that.

Garni Chesa Mulin
Garni Chesa Mulin
3 out of 5
Via Da Mulin 15, Pontresina, GR
Situated in the mountains, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bellavita Pool and Spa and Alp Languard. Engadin and Muottas Muragl are also within 3 miles ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (25 reviews)
Convenient hotel with helpful staff.
"Very helpful and friendly staff. Clean room. Good breakfast buffet."

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2016

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Hotel Morteratsch
Hotel Morteratsch
2.5 out of 5
Morteratsch 4, Pontresina
This family-friendly Pontresina hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Morteratsch Glacier, Diavolezza Ski Resort and Diavolezza Lookout. Bellavita Pool and Spa and ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (22 reviews)
Great hotel, great stay
"wonderful hotel in a great location. Food is lovely too. I'd stay here again every time instead of Pontresina"

Reviewed on 23 May 2019

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Hotel Walther
Hotel Walther
4.5 out of 5
Via Maistra 215, Pontresina, GR
This family-friendly Pontresina hotel is located near the airport, within a 5-minute walk of Alpin Museum and Bellavita Pool and Spa. Engadin and Alp Languard ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (31 reviews)
"Beautiful hotel, facilities and location. Very friendly staff, always ready to help. Great tips for hiking and e-biking. We will definitely visit again"

Reviewed on 29 Jun 2020

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Hotel Walther
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Vrbo Property
Vrbo Property
Curtins 4, Wohnung 14, Pontresina, Graubuenden
Situated on the riverfront, this apartment building is steps away from Alpin Museum and Alp Languard. Bellavita Pool and Spa and Engadin are also within 1 mile ...
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Apartment Chesa Corvatsch in Pontresina - 4 persons, 2 bedrooms
Apartment Chesa Corvatsch in Pontresina - 4 persons, 2 bedrooms
Address Provided by Property Manager, Pontresina, Graubuenden
Situated in Pontresina, this apartment building is steps away from Alpin Museum and Alp Languard. Bellavita Pool and Spa and Engadin are also within 1 mile (2 ...
4/5 Very Good! (1 review)
FeWo war sehr gut
"sehr gute, großzügige FeWo, Balkon gute Lage Garagenplatz, im Winter bestens ! gute Ausstattung für den 5.Stern fehlt noch ein Wasserkocher, Kaffeefiltermaschine erneuern, evtl. Fön wünschenswert, sonst alles top"

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2016

Apartment Chesa Corvatsch in Pontresina - 4 persons, 2 bedrooms
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Via Maistra 108, Pontresina, Graubuenden
Located in the heart of Pontresina, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Engadin, Bellavita Pool and Spa and Alp Languard. Muottas Muragl and ...
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