The ringing of the bells in your ears, the scent of summer flowers in your nose, a tangy mountain cheese on your tongue: the Via Engiadina long-distance hiking trail is a pleasure for the whole body. Behind every hilltop and in every valley, a new fantastic view awaits. You can feel the Swiss mountains under your feet with every step.
In the Engadin, a high valley region in the eastern Swiss Alps, you'll find everything you need: wonderful nature, beautiful paths and a cosy bed at night. In the morning, at lunchtime and in the evening, regional delicacies and traditional dishes will provide you with more than enough energy. You'll need it, too, because the Via Engiadina runs a total of around 160 kilometres (99 mi) through the high valley in Graubünden, one of the 26 cantons of Switzerland. The trail begins in the Maloja district and ends in the small settlement of Vinadi, almost on the border with the Austrian Tyrol.
We suggest dividing the route into 12 stages so you have enough time each day to enjoy the varied views. You start in Maloja in the Upper Engadin, where you hike the first days high above large, shimmering lakes. The fifth stage takes you over to the Lower Engadin. Charming, traditional villages await you on your journey, as do picturesque Alps and views of rocky peaks towering above glaciers that shine white.
The best time to hike the Via Engiadina is in summer or early autumn when the paths are snow-free and some of the alps along the route are open to visitors. The trails are well-maintained and easy to walk. However, there are occasional steep and rocky slopes.
Each stage ends in a village with overnight accommodation and an opportunity for refreshment. The third and ninth stages are planned so that you finish at a cable car station. From there, you can either ride down into the valley or hike down.
The whole valley is well connected to public transport. A railway line runs between St. Moritz and Scuol. There is a railway station at many of the stage destinations – so you can plan your hike on the Via Engiadina individually and put it together as you wish. Where there is no train, a bus will take you. This is also the case at the starting point in Maloja and the end point in Vinadi. Thanks to the good connections, you can also plan wonderful day hikes on the Via Engiadina.
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You leave Bever north to ascend on beautiful paths over the steep, wooded slopes of the Crasta Mora. Again and again, meadows or stone fields break through the trees and you can look forward to beautiful views down into the valley. Behind a ridge it goes steeply uphill until you cross the side valley that leads up to the Albula Pass.
On the sixth stage you mainly stay in the valley and only climb a few meters up the slopes east of the Inn twice. You leave Zernez to the north on flat paths and then gradually climb to a knoll that is in front of the high mountains. On the other side, it goes steeply back down to the bank of the Inn.
This stage will also be promising again. You leave Guarda uphill towards Val Tuoi, which you have already crossed on the seventh stage. This time you follow the Schellen-Ursli-Weg deeper. You cross the wild mountain stream Clozza and hike picturesque to Alp Suot. Here you climb up the slopes to the right and then enjoy a fairly flat path that leads you back south.
On the ninth stage of the Via Engiadina you will get to know the Val Tasna extensively. You climb up directly from Ardez to explore the picturesque valley on a high path. At the Ziegenalp Valmala you have reached the tree line and turn right. You cross the stream and climb briefly steeply and then more leisurely over the trees to the valley exit.
Anyone who decides to take the mountain railway at the beginning of the day will only have a few meters uphill to face today. You start either at the Prui mountain station or at the Motta Naluns mountain station - depending on whether you stayed in Ftan or Scuol. Of course, you can also do a few extra meters and climb up on foot.