Das Engadin und la dolce vita.

I recently attended my Swiss brother’s wedding in Zürich, and then spent the rest of my trip hiking in the Engadin Valley and spending time with my friends in Verona, Italy.

I rented a car in Zürich and then drove to the wedding reception in Bad Ragaz.  From Bad Ragaz I then drove over the spectacular Julierpass (7,493 ft) into the Engadin Valley.

The view from the hotel room at Bad Ragaz.

 

Julierpass.

The first little hike after arriving in Surlej was a nice little jaunt around Lej da Champfer.  The weather was amazing: a nice cool breeze, blue skies and tons of sunshine.

Surlej and Piz Surlej.

Looking southwest from Champfer towards Surlej.

On the second day in the Engadin Valley I drove to the Punt Muragl lift station and took the funicular railway up to Muottas Muragl.

Looking southwest from Muottas Muragl towards Celerina and St. Moritz.

From Muottas Muragl (8,057 ft), I hiked along the “Muottas Muragl Climate Trail” over the top of the Schafberg to the Segantinihütte (8,959 ft) and finally to Alp Languard (7,644 ft).  From Alp Languard I rode the chairlift back down to the village of Pontresina.  From Pontresina I took a bus back to our car at Punt Muragl.

Wanderweg.

Views along the trail.

Looking back towards Muottas Muragl.

Panorama from Schafberg with Val Roseg, Celerina and St Moritz.

Swiss paraglider.

360°.

After a wonderful hike to the top of the Schafberg, with spectacular views of the Berninagruppe mountains, I arrived at the Segantinihütte.  The hut is named after the famous Italian painter Giovanni Segantini, who died while getting inspiration for his paintings at the hut in 1899.

Segantinihütte.

En guete!

The view from the hut.

Die Hütte.

The views from the Segantinihütte are amazing!  My Swiss brother says they are the best views in the entire Engadin Valley.  After eating lunch at the hut I hiked towards Alp Languard.

Looking back towards the Segantinihütte.

Eine andere Hütte.

The view from the trail towards Alp Languard.

The chairlift back down to Pontresina.

On the way back to Surlej I stopped at the Kirche San Gian in Celerina.  The church is very visible in the valley as it is situated on a lonely little hill outside of town.

Celerina and San Gian.

San Gian.

On my third day in the Engadin Valley I  drove to Sils and took the lift to the Furtschellas top station (7,585 ft.).  From there I hiked the “Wasserweg” (water trail), a quaint little hike around six small “Ils Lejns” (lakes).

The view from Furtschellas towards Sils.

Moi.

Chillaxin’.

Lejin Malachit. This one had fish!

One of many little streams along the trail.

Picnic spot.

After the hike I drove over the Malojapass to the cute little village of Soglio.  It is neatly perched on the side of a mountain and has amazing views in every direction.

Just south of the Maloja pass.

Soglio.

Keine Angst! Kein echter Bär.

Soglio.

Soglio.

Segantini called Soglio “the threshold to paradies”.

A cool old barn that had been renovated into a house.

Just a little north of Soglio.

Uf Widerluege Engadin!

After leaving Surlej, I took a somewhat roundabout route to Verona.  I drove through Zernez-the Swiss National Park-Livigno-Bormio-over the Stelvio Pass-Gomagoi-Merano-Bolzano-Trento-Verona.

The Stelvio Pass (Passo dello Stelvio/Stilfser Joch) is the highest paved mountain pass in the eastern Alps and the second highest in the Alps.  The pass is absolutely insane! My  pictures definitely do not do it justice.  On the south side of the pass you drive through two tunnels that are one lane only.  There are no lights and no signs.  And on the north side of the pass the hairpin turns are like nothing I have ever seen before.

Stelvio Pass on the southside.

Stelvio.

Almost to the top.

Stelvio Pass-the other side!

I spent two days visiting Josh, Audrey and Marlene in Verona.  I had been to Verona before, so this trip was mainly focused on food, wine, gelato and visiting.

Giulietta.

Piazza Erbe.

Arena.

Torre dei Lamberti.

Verona.

After Verona I drove over the Gotthard pass back to Zürich.  I spent the last two days in Zürich visiting with my Swiss family.

Löwenstrasse 14.

Die beste Bratwurst in der Stadt!

Zürich.

~ by snyelmn on July 15, 2011.

 
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