At the foot of the Bernina massif, enjoying a sunny but sheltered position, lies delightful Pontresina. South of this typical mountain village stretches the multi-faceted ski area of Diavolezza/Lagalb, with the highest peaks of the Eastern Alps and the longest glacier run in Switzerland. This paradise for skiers, snowboarders and Telemark aficionados boasts a host of pistes and freeride descents that pack in tremendous variety. The breathtaking mountains and glaciers of the Bernina massif offer mountaineers and ice climbers thrilling challenges, but visitors can also experience the glacier landscape up close on the Bernina Express.

Crosscountryski fans and walkers can undertake a host of unforgettable excursions around Pontresina – into the idyllic side valleys of Val Roseg and Morteratsch, for example. Those seeking relaxation will find an abundance of facilities and treatments at the Bellavita Pool & Spa. The Rondo Convention and Cultural Centre, meanwhile, regularly hosts a variety of events, conferences and meetings.

From the mountaineering school to the spa baths to the business centre: Pontresina offers a perfect infrastructure. And is the departure point for heavenly experiences in the natural surroundings. Imposing mountain peaks and glaciers surround the sunny, wind-protected Engadin holiday and high- altitude spa resort of Pontresina. The fascinating combination of old, traditional Engadin houses and stylish hotel buildings from the Belle Époque era lend the place its unique charm. And the restaurant menus also have a number of surprises in store.

Whether ice climbing, ski touring or snowshoe trekking, from its position at the foot of the Bernina Massif, Pontresina offers a magnificent view of the highest peaks in the eastern Alps, such as the Piz Palü and the Piz Bernina, and is an ideal departure point for mountain climbers. Cross-country skiers also like to drop in here for a visit – the famous Marathon route runs virtually through the village. Moreover, Pontresina is regarded as one of Switzerland's top curling centres. The San Spiert ski area, with its variety of slopes and its toboggan run, is perfect for families, while the rather more challenging downhill runs on the Diavolezza are better suited to proficient athletes. And those who favour the romantic touch should not miss a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snow-laden larch forests to the Val Roseg.

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