Walking Holidays in Switzerland - Lower Engadine - Swiss Secret


Lower Engadine - Swiss Secret - Single Centred
Holiday Highlights
  • Walk through contrasting scenery of meadows, rocky mountain peaks and deep blue lakes
  • Experience the most famous cableway, the rotating ‘Rotair’ up to Mount Titlis and the highest viewpoint in Central Switzerland at 3238m
  • Visit the famous Benedictine Monastery radiating a special Swiss charm


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The Lower Engadine is one of the most popular destinations for the Swiss to take their holidays, which must say something when they have such a choice. It is surprisingly not so well known to walkers from overseas. This area is the heartland of Switzerland’s fourth official language – Romansch which will often be heard especially in the small villages. However Swiss German is spoken by everyone and English as in other areas of Switzerland is widely spoken. A different language brings different culture, architecture and culinary specials all unique to the Romansch speaking area. The River Inn flows through the valley on its way to the Danube, alternately flowing though deep gorges and wide open meadowland grazed by bell ringing cows. The area is also host to Switzerland’s only National Park. 

We have chosen Scuol for our centre for walking in the Lower Engadine not only because it is the hub of the local bus and train routes, radiating to all areas of the Lower Engadine, but it is a charming town of the region. There is an old part of the village with beautifully renovated traditional houses. The River Inn runs around the village on its way to Austria. Scuol is famous for its spa and mineral waters bubbling from 5 fountains in the town. This is now represented by the famous Bogn Engiadina with its complex of six pools both indoor and outdoor, saunas solariums, steam room and a massage area.

An exceptional variety of walks await discovery in the Engadine Valley and its many remote side valleys. The lower areas of the Engadine feature deep green meadows against a backdrop of bare, rocky mountains free from snow in summer. Wild flowers carpet the slopes while rivers sparkle as they meander through. Head north up the valley however, and a dramatic change meets the eye. Here the landscape has all the attributes of the high Alps where snow caps the peaks and glaciers fill crevasses. The river Inn thunders through tight gorges and cataracts carrying the foaming, white melting snows. In addition, walk in Switzerland’s only National Park, a vast chunk of highland wilderness with protected flora and wildlife. To complement the varied natural landscape, undoubtedly some of the most beautiful and romantic of all Swiss villages cling to mountain slopes enjoying the very best views and providing stunning places to stay. Walking possibilities are endless leaving every walker with a great desire to return for more.


Walk Grading

Self guided - Easy Moderate & Challenging

Belvedere**** - 4 Star

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This is a 4-star hotel in the heart of Scuol, next door to the Bogn Engiadina water centre.
Opened in 1876, it has of course been regularly modernised. There are 81 rooms with 15 contemporary style in a new integral wing – Ala Nova (Romansch for new wing).  Dinner and breakfast is taken in the locally acclaimed dining room. The lounge bar has great views.

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Altana*** - 3 Star

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The Altana is a small hotel with that special personal touch, owned by Adrian Lehmann and supported by his family, they are all keen walkers and full of local advice. It is situated conveniently close to the railway station, cable car and postbus, and a short walk from the village centre.

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Availability Information

Available from the middle of May to the end of October which a chance of snow affecting the first 4 and last 4 weeks. The wild flowers in June are quite exceptional. The high altitude tends to moderate summer heat in July and August.

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