Engadin Mountain: Why You Need To Explore From St. Moritz

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Ever hear of the Engadin Mountains near St Moritz in Switzerland? They are one of the most dramatic in all of the Alps. No wonder, the rich and famous have chosen it for their playground!

The Engadin Valley itself is an elevation of at least 1000 m. Many parts are higher, including the town of St Moritz, Switzerland.

Engadin mountains St Moritz Swizterland

Facts About The Engadin Mountains

Engadin St. Moritz makes an excellent base for exploring the surrounding mountains. You’ll find yourself surrounded by 3000 – 4000 meter high peaks, and an incredible 172 glaciers! 

Glacier-capped peaks and iridescent blue lakes make for dramatic scenery in the Engadin mountains near St Moritz Swizterland
Glacier-capped peaks and iridescent blue lakes make for dramatic scenery.

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Evidence of a recent glacier past in the Engadin mountains near St Moritz Swizterland
Evidence of a recent glacier past.

The unspoiled landscape is one of my favorites in all of Europe. Narrow ridges, glacier-covered peaks, iridescent high alpine lakes, and glacier-swept landscapes, make for some high drama!

Not to mention that it’s capped off with 300 days of sunshine each year! And there are loads of great activities in winter and summer.

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Evidence of a recent glacier past in the Engadin mountains near St Moritz Swizterland
Evidence of a recent glacier past.

How Easy Is It To Access?

The other thing I love about the Engadin Mountains is that although they are high alpine, they are accessible to everyone thanks to gondolas and trams that you can take up.

The views from Muottas Muragl are fantastic – and only get better and better with a little effort.

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Dramatic landscape and glaciers of the Engadin mountains near St Moritz Swizterland.

At the top of the tram stations, you can enjoy the view at a restaurant, do an easy hike, or challenge yourself with a real mountaineering adventure!

Overlooking the Engadin Valley from the mountains
Overlooking the Engadin Valley

All of the best-known peaks in the Engadin are famous for their mountaineering stories. Especially Piz Bernina, the highest peak in the Eastern Alps at 4049metres.

The first ascent dates back to 1850. And the stories have been coming ever since! That’s a long history of mountaineering. 

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Evidence of a recent glacier past in the Engadin mountains near St Moritz Swizterland

The 2 Other Highlights of the Engadin Mountains 

1) The Rhaetian Railway through the Albula/Bernina landscapes. It’s an accredited  UNESCO World Heritage Site for its technical, architectural and environmental features.

It’s only the third railway ever to be designated as a UNESCO site!

Evidence of a recent glacier past in the Engadin mountains near St Moritz Swizterland

2)The Olympia Bob Run. Not only is it the oldest bobsled run in the world at 125 years old, but it’s also the world’s only natural ice track that hosts international races.

Engadin mountains near St Moritz are separated by the Engadin Valley.
The Engadin Valley separates the mountain chains.

If you feel the need for speed, you can experience the rush of going 130km an hour flying along the ice for CHF 250!

Bobsled rides are usually available from mid-December to early March, depending on the weather conditions.

Cows grazing in the Engadin mountains in Swizterland.

What To Do In St. Moritz

Engadin St Moritz is a great starting point to explore the mountain range. There are great opportunities for hiking, whether they are family-friendly, themed hikes or multiple-day hikes, there are loads to choose from depending on your difficulty level. Make sure to check out the official website to find out about the available hiking passes and 3D maps available in St. Moritz. If you prefer walking to hiking, there is a selection of recreational nordic walks that you can do as well. 

There are also plenty of mountain biking trails to try out and E-Bikes are available for hire in Engadin St Moritz. There are also other outdoor activities such as climbing and mountain climbing schools that are great if you’re looking for your first experience. You will also find a large selection of water sports available such as kayaking, windsurfing, and sailing. 

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Where to Stay in the Engadin Mountain:

I stayed at the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains in Engadin St Moritz. This is the place to stay when you want to feel like a princess and wrap yourself in luxury!

Be sure to treat your sore muscles after a day of hiking with some spa time – I had an excellent massage which left me feeling refreshed.

I was so impressed that it made my list of Most Romantic Hotels in Europe!

I also loved the incredible breakfast! If I could eat breakfast every day for the rest of my life here, I would be delighted!

Check out the cheese section, and you’ll see what I mean:

Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains in St. Moritz with the Engadin mountains in the background.
Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains in St. Moritz
Breakfast at the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains
Breakfast at the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains.
Huge selection of cheeses at the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains in St Moritz Swizterland
Colossal cheese selection as part of the breakfast offering.
Cow bell decoration at the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains
I loved the cowbell decorations in the breakfast room.

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Engadin mountains St Moritz Swizterland

My trip to St. Moritz in the Engadin Mountains really was a great opportunity, especially because it proved to be great for relaxation and action-packed activities.

Note: Thank you to the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains for providing me with a complimentary stay. As always, all opinions expressed are my own. 

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