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Suggestions for 2 days in Engadin region

Santa Cruz...
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Suggestions for 2 days in Engadin region

We are planning to take the Milan-St Mortiz train on 5/22/2013, stopping by Poschiavo for a couple hours or so, then spend two nights in Engadin region before heading to Zurich airport for hotel final night.

Where would be a good base for two nights? We are looking at St Mortiz. The prices are steep! Price-wise, Is it a good idea to wait until we are there to book?

We are mainly interested in good scenery (maybe a panoramic view from a high point), cute town/village, and some hiking (2-3 hours, not too strenuous trails)

We are also considering Diavolezza, depending on weather. Any other suggestions for activities will be much appreciated. Hopefully there are some activities that are not so weather-dependent.

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1. Re: Suggestions for 2 days in Engadin region

It would help enormously to know when you plan to do this, as an answer depends much on the season you will visit in. No point in writing you all the winter recommendations if then you will be here in summer or vv

St. Moritz...
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2. Re: Suggestions for 2 days in Engadin region

Sorry, I found your mention of the date too late and tried to edit my answer, but time had elapsed. So let me try again:

May is off-season in Engadin St. Moritz http://www.engadin.stmoritz.ch/sommer/en/ - so not all the hotels and shops will be open. It is however a nice and calm time, except tour groups not a lot of tourists but still enough to do to keep you busy - and you dont have a long time to spend anyway. As for hiking, this is limited to the valley floor, as most cablecars are out of service and the higher hikes are still in the snow.

Your idea of spending a coulpe hours in Poschiavo is very good, as there it is already late spring and you will experience the change in climate as you get up to the Engadin. If you have more time, you could get off again at Morteratsch for a hike into the valley there towards the glacier. This is an easy but much rewarding hike and it is groomed year-round (just closed with avalanche danger, but this hopefully will not be the case as late as May). The hotel there however is closed, so you would have to find a solution for your luggage, as there are no lockers at the tiny train station there.

As for accomodation, this being off-season, St. Moritz as the local hub has the most activities (also due to the tour groups mainly staying here), however in every village you will find something open and it makes no big difference. Check what is availabe (there is an online booking tool on the site I gave you above) and what appeals to you. The villages are well connected by public transfer even during off-season, so this would not be a problem. If you want something else than St. Moritz, Celerina is the last train stop before St. Moritz, Sils Maria and Sils Baselgia are nice villages reached by a bus from St. Moritz.

In May the "mountain cable cars included" special …stmoritz.ch/sommer/en/bergbahnen-inclusive/ will again be available with two nights stay, make sure you profit from this, even if not all the mountain cablecars are open. Already the Diavolezza excursion, providing a real high mountain experience within snow and glaciers and peaks, is worth it, as this alone is CHF 33.00 per person and it is open in May. Choose accomodation offering you the two icons, means all public transport in the area is included, or even better the star as well, including a beautiful excursion to Soglio in the remote Bregaglia valley, a beautiful place in spring. This (or Diavolezza and then eventually Morteratsch) would be a good way to spend your day here. The bus takes you along the Upper Engadin lake plateau, then down the steep bending Maloja pass and through all those tiny hamlets in the Bregaglia valley, where you can observe everyday life as the bus goes actually through the villages and stops there (the main road goes around them), then you change to a smaller bus taking you up to Solgio, a farmers village on a sunny hill plateau. On your way back, you could probably hike some part or get off in Sils for a hike to the peninsula, a place where philosophers, writers, poets and painters took inspiration for decades and still do so today.

For your journey from Tirano to St. Moritz or the village or your choice and from there to Zurich Airport, have a look at a Swiss Transfer Ticket, as if you choose the right pass with your accomodation, all the rest of the publictransport would already be covered.

Santa Cruz...
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3. Re: Suggestions for 2 days in Engadin region

Thank you so much for expertise in the area. You have given me a lot to go on with my research =)

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