Engadine is one of the top attractions for tourists visiting Switzerland. Even though Switzerland is home to many of Europe’s most breathtaking vistas, from the Swiss Alps to Lake Geneva, the Engadin Valley is near the top of the list for naturally stunning attractions to see. It is located in the canton of Graubunden in southeast Switzerland. It is a vast valley in the Swiss Alps that traces the Inn River all the way from the Maloja Pass to where the Inn River empties into Austria. The Engadin Valley is lined by impressive mountains and the entire region is known for its sunny climate. Engadine, generally speaking, however, is a reference to the river valley and the surrounding mountains and region.
Romansch is one of the official languages of this Swiss canton. Romansch is something of a leftover language from the time of the Roman Empire, when several of the Romance languages were melded into one because of the great diversity of cultures represented in the Roman Army and citizenry. In Romansch, Engadine translates literally as “the garden of the Inn River.”
Three of the most popular tourist attractions in this part of Switzerland are St. Moritz, Davos, and Klosters. These places are home to some of the world’s most exclusive and expensive ski resorts and lodges, where many come to enjoy the luxurious Engadine hotels, restaurants, sports, and shopping. Visitors to the Engadin Valley are not only able to enjoy the world-class skiing and other winter sports, but also many water sports, including windsurfing, which is very popular on the Inn River. The height of the great Swiss Alps and the diversity of the country’s topography make this part of Switzerland a veritable playground for people interested in outdoor sports. Up in the slopes, skiing is popular, while way down in the valley, tourists enjoy boating, windsurfing, and water skiing.
Engadine is also a popular place for hiking, as the valley stretches for over 60 miles and is said to enjoy sunshine in excess of 300 days every year. For a long time the valley was largely inaccessible and only officially became a part of Switzerland in 1803. Now many travelers to this region hike the massive valley and the Inn River, which flows via several other Western European rivers into the North, Black, and Mediterranean Seas.
Of all the things to do in the Engadine Valley, the Engadin Ski Marathon may be the most popular. Every March for about a week, skiers from around the globe descend on this Swiss town to take part in races, programs, and other festivities surrounding this hugely popular winter sport. Here you will find some of the world’s most challenging runs, so Engadine clearly draws some of the world’s best skiers. The Engadin Ski Marathon is a showcase of this talent. The event is heralded throughout the winter-sport community as one of the best in the world.
Once you’ve decided to book your trip to Switzerland, it will be necessary to find suitable Engadine hotels. Everything is available here, from luxury hotels, to Swiss chalets, to regular hotels. Just a couple of the options to explore for Engadine hotels are the Chesa Rosatsch Swiss Quality Hotel, the Hauser Swiss Hotel, Kempinski Grand Hotel, La Margna Swiss Quality Hotel, or Hotel Sonne. Booking in advance allows savvy travelers to take advantage of price breaks, allowing for reasonably priced accommodations that free up the tourist to spend more of their vacation budget out and about, enjoying the incomparable Swiss countryside.