What mountains, what space, what light! The Engadin St. Moritz region enchants visitors as both a scenic landscape and a myth. For it unites nature, tradition and lifestyle in perfect harmony.

High up in the Swiss Alps is a valley abounding in snowy mountains, frozen lakes and magical light. A world where the wonders of nature, both big and small, provide a magnificent setting to enjoy sporting activities and relax in peace and quiet.

The sun-kissed Alpine valley looks as if it has been modelled by an artist: majestic mountains stand shoulder to shoulder, yet far enough apart to let in plenty of air and light. And barely higher than 4,000 metres (13,123 ft), so that the sun can shine right down into the valley all day long.

With its four main mountain peaks and 350 kilometres (217 miles) of snow-sure pistes, 150 kilometres (93.2 miles) of hiking paths and 180 kilometres (111.9 miles) of cross-country ski trails, Engadin St. Moritz is one of the largest winter sports regions in Switzerland. Not to mention one of the most beautiful. This is also due in no small part to its 13 holiday resorts, which could hardly be more varied.

While all the world is at home in glamorous, chic St. Moritz, in the villages rural tradition prevails in the form of lovingly restored buildings, intact village centres and cosy restaurants and bars. But the main protagonist on the Engadin St. Moritz stage is Nature. It has all the room it needs to develop and unfold, and in return, it rewards visitors with boundless possibilities to enjoy it to the full.

In winter, visitors who are familiar with this alpine landscape in the summer rub their eyes in amazement at the sheer power and changeability of nature. While in the summertime the area was frequented by mountain-climbers and sailing enthusiasts, Switzerland's largest skiing region is now glistening with crisp powder snow. Here, on the thick blanket of ice and snow, you can experience pleasurable moments of tranquillity or buzzing kicks of adrenaline. The choice is yours.

Each one of the Upper Engadin‘s 13 towns and villages is unique for its individual and characteristic atmosphere. And what‘s more, no matter where you base yourself you will lack for nothing, as luxury and glamour coexist side by side with unspoilt nature and that austere Engadin charm. You will experience this amazing diversity in the many sporting, recreational and cultural opportunities available to you in both winter and summer. A wide range of culinary specialities – international, national and regional – is also yours for the asking.

Just give this glorious and unique holiday destination with all its contrasts a chance to work its magic on you.

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