Located between Lake Sils and Lake Silvaplana at the entrance to Val Fex is the picturesque village of Sils, a place of inspiration and invigoration where you can walk in the footsteps of Friedrich Nietzsche. Skiers can enjoy the glorious slopes up on Furtschellas, linked to Corvatsch, while hikers and cross-country skiers encounter a true winter paradise as they explore the magical winter walking paths and cross-country trails around and on Lake Sils and in the Val Fex.

Guests can also try their hand at curling at the Muot Marias sports centre, or have fun at the night-time toboggan race through Laret forest, illuminated by flaming torches. A particularly romantic option is an idyllic ride in a horse drawn sleigh into the Val Fex. A cultural highlight is the annual concert by the Engadin Symphony Orchestra at the end of December, but throughout the season Sils stages a busy programme of top-class concerts in churches, as well as a variety of talks.

Writers such as Nietzsche, artists like Beuys, and musicians such as David Bowie drew their inspiration from the impressive wide open spaces and the magical light here, and they played a considerable role in establishing Sils as the cultural centre of the Engadin. These days, guests from all over the world enjoy the luxury and discretion provided by the Hotel Waldhaus. Moreover, with a certain degree of pride, the locals describe their village as a place abounding in life force and natural earth energy. And that for good reason – particularly high values on the Bovis scale (life force index) have been measured here.
Nestling in an idyllic location between two frozen lakes, the village lies at the gateway to the romantic Fex Valley.

The valley is best explored by horse-drawn sleigh, but is also a perfect departure point for walks and winter hikes through the light-flooded valley landscape, which snuggles trustingly against Sil’s home mountain, the Furtschellas. From here, you can go much higher in no time at all – up the Corvatsch, whose summit station is, at 3.303 m (10,837 ft), the highest in the eastern Alps. And from here, 120 km (75 miles) of demanding slopes take you back down into the valley again.

Find out more about Nietzsche and his writings where the great poet and thinker felt at home: besides a permanent exhibition, the Nietzsche House in Sils accommodates changing exhibitions of modern art and provides creative artists with a place for inspiration. Open from the end of December until the middle of April, Tuesday–Sunday, 3–6 pm.

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