10 Photos that Will Make You Want to Hike the Engadin Mountains

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

Engadin mountains St Moritz Swizterland

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

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.

It makes an excellent base for exploring the Engadin Mountains. You’ll find yourself surrounded by 3000 – 4000 metre high peaks, and an incredible 172 glaciers!

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

The unspoilt landscape is one of my favourite 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!

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

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

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 near St Moritz Switzerland
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!

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

Besides the mountains and dramatic landscape, there are two other highlights of the Engadin Mountains worth pointing out:

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 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.

Where to Stay in the Engadin Mountains:

I stayed at the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains in 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 10 of the Most Romantic Hotels in the World!

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 in St Moritz Swizterland
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 in St Moritz Swizterland
I loved the cowbell decorations in the breakfast room.

Be sure to check out these other destinations in Switzerland!

Engadin mountains St Moritz Swizterland

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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Laurel
Laurel Robbins is the founder of Monkeys and Mountains, an adventure travel blog and company that helps people plan their hiking, cycling and wildlife vacations in a sustainable way. Although Canadian, she lives in Munich, Germany. You can find her hiking in the mountains on most weekends.

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