Travel Diaries: Engadine Valley by Roki Prunali
Can’t stand the heat? Or are you tired of fighting for your spot at the beach? Well then, vacation in the mountains is just your ticket. My reason for going to cooler temperatures is that my husband is not very fond of the beach, so for one week at the beach I must promise him a week in the mountains. Although I must say, I quite enjoy vacationing in the Engadine Valley. With every little town cuter than the next, (most of you probably are familiar with St. Moritz) there is a plethora of things to do here.
When I am not stuffing my face with all the delicious food, hiking is the main sport to do. With hundreds and hundreds of hikes to choose from, every one is the in the middle of the most beautiful landscape and nature you can find. Creatures of habit, my husband and I tend to do the same hikes and here are some of our favorites.
Whether it is winter or summer, this hike offers some of the best landscapes I have seen in the Engadine Valley. It is surrounded by some of the highest mountains in Eastern Switzerland, but the most fascinating is the Roseg Glacier that can be seen all year round. Walking the seven-kilometer hike along the massive Ova Roseg tributary, you arrive at Hotel Roseg Gletscher where we always treat ourselves to an amazing lunch with the most incredible dessert buffet I have ever seen in my life. Not feeling up to the hike, try the horse drawn carriage that takes you to the hotel.
At a boasting 2,456 meters, Muottas Muragl offers a birds eye view of the Engadine Valley. I know you are thinking “do I have to hike that high”? Well you can if you want, but I enjoy taking the funicular up, enjoying the dizzying heights and spectacular view. Apart from the views, there is some magnificent wildlife waiting for you around every corner once up top. Pick your path and enjoy the ride.
Did I already say how much I love eating in the Engadine Valley? In St. Moritz, Hanselmann is a historic bakery with an internal restaurant. With so many options to choose from, I normally pick the Carrot Cake and the Cremeschnitte for my afternoon snacks. So, if you are shopping in the center of St. Moritz or walking around the lake, stop by and you will not be sorry.
Now this is the good stuff. Veltliner Keller is a restaurant also located in St. Moritz and is a must every time we visit Engadina. One of their specialties is a dish called Pizzoccheri, and everyone that has been to Engadina knows about Veltliner’s Pizzoccheri. Let’s just say that it is not a dish for those of you who are on a diet. It is made of homemade buckwheat pasta with greens, such as Swiss Chard or cabbage, potatoes and Veltliner adds green beans and onions. It is layered and layered with different kinds of cheese, and if that is not enough for you, to top it off, they fry it in butter. My mouth is watering just writing about it.
So Pretty Birds, don’t discredit a summer vacation in the Engadine Valley or other mountain locations for that matter, because the possibilities are endless.