All around the “miniature city” in the Alps there are sporting challenges and relaxing moments to enjoy in the open air, letting you restore your inner calm and top up your energy levels – great for your physical and mental health. In addition, St. Moritz offers a programme of exciting cultural events and activities to match that of any large urban centre. This comes as no surprise, as throughout history the region has been a place of yearning and retreat for major artists, poets and thinkers. Pleasure and well-being also take centre stage here, as the excellent restaurants and bars and modern spas and wellness areas testify. Make the most of the autumn gold in St. Moritz with this to-do list.
Just lean back, relax, and take in the fabulous views over the high valley. When you find yourself whiling away the hours enjoying the wonderful sun terraces, the world suddenly seems to turn more slowly. And if, on top of that, you also manage to savour the culinary delights on offer at the hotels, restaurants and mountain huts in and around St. Moritz, then no doubt you are a genuine epicurean connoisseur.
More info: www.stmoritz.com/sunterrace
The Engadin’s network of hiking paths and trails is said to be 580 km long. Nobody knows for sure, but one thing is certain: every mile of it is a nature adventure in itself. Let yourself be inspired by the landscapes and sharpen your eye for detail. Each hike is packed full of treasures waiting to be discovered and, with a little luck, you’ll be able to spot marmots, ibex, and even an eagle.
More info: www.stmoritz.com/hiking
The Hotel Laudinella at St. Moritz Bad is famous for its versatile cultural program. Weather you like comedy, readings or music… it is already a joy to read the program, even more to fully embrace performance art and cabaret at the incredible location "Reine Victoria".
More info: www.stmoritz.com/laudinella
In addition to the public pools, you can of course also head to one of the many hotel spas to unwind, such as Palace Wellness, the spa at the legendary Badrutt’s Palace Hotel. Or head to the 2,800 m2 wellness paradise at the Kempinski Grand Hotel, or the Kulm Spa St. Moritz, which offers a superb view of Lake St. Moritz.
More info: www.stmoritz.com/wellness
The Rhaetian Railway runs along this UNESCO World Heritage route from St. Moritz to Tirano, linking vastly different climate zones, language regions and cultures. So lean back and enjoy a kaleidoscope of wonderful views of the vast Lago Bianco, the glaciers of the Bernina Massif or deep into the valley of Valposchiavo.
More info: www.engadin.ch/bernina-express
From the moment you sit down, you feel as though you’ve been personally invited to supper at friend’s wine-cellar. A small Italian menu is prepared in the kitchen and brought out to long, community-minded tables, designed to encourage dialogue with neighboring parties from across the globe.
More info: www.stmoritz.com/pavarotti-friends
In the lower Bregaglia valley, nestling between the picturesque villages of Soglio, Bondo and Castasegna, lie Europe’s most extensive chestnut groves. The fruit from these splendid trees is harvested every year in October. This is a special time in the calendar of the valley, and it is celebrated wholeheartedly by the locals. Part of this tradition is the Chestnut Festival, which this year will take place from 25 September to 24 October with a wide-ranging programme including guided tours, tasting sessions and culinary-themed walks, as well as readings and presentations. And of course, there will be various other parties and celebrations to enjoy as well.
More info: https://www.bregaglia.ch/en/chestnut-festival
Take a leisurely walk around Lake St. Moritz, watch the ducks, and enjoy the views of the village. Or, go all sporty and put on your running shoes. As the light and colour of the lake changes several times in the course of a day, you can run five times a day and each time it'll be a new experience. And if you just can’t get enough of the beauty of nature, then take the turn-off leading to the nearby Lej da Staz (Lake of Staz), a truly idyllic little gem.
More info: www.engadin.ch/lake-stmoritz
Culture lovers and culinary experts won’t be disappointed during this experience.
The Segantini family offers a private guided visit and exclusive candlelight dinner for cultural lovers in the studio and the private residence of artist Giovanni Segantini and his life partner Bice Bugatti.
More info: booking.stmoritz.com/segantini
THE BEAT will be open all summer long through to the end of September for both group and private classes! THE BEAT will also host various events and retreats throughout the summer season. Keep up with THE BEAT through instagram @thebeat.fit not to miss a thing and stay fit.
More info: www.engadin.ch/the-beat
In the heart of St. Moritz, the finest cakes, exquisite pralines, the original Engadin nut torte, and many other delicacies vie for attention in immaculately clean display counters. But simply admiring these delicious treats would be to miss out: indeed, not even Coco Chanel could resist these sweet temptations.
More info: www.stmoritz.com/hanselmann
Take off from Samedan, Europe’s highest aerodrome, and enjoy an impressive bird’s-eye-view experience. Below you, the Engadin’s famous mountains appear from a completely different and fascinating angle. Discover a high-alpine wonderland on this breathtaking scenic flight.
More info: www.stmoritz.com/heli-bernina
Every year in late autumn, in an event rather like an autumnal Easter egg hunt, Lake Sils presents visitors with its famous larch balls. It is a phenomenon which is found nowhere else. These unusual creations of nature appear every autumn when the larch trees shed their needles – they drop into the lake, where the action of the waves shapes them into furry balls. A local myth has it that during a period of famine, trolls gave food to the people of Sils – safely wrapped in larch balls. They placed the balls in the water and the wind coming down from the Maloja pass blew them towards Sils and its starving villagers. So now is the perfect time to investigate the legend of the larch balls!
More info: www.sils.ch
More than just home: Mili Weber transformed her four walls into a fairy-tale, a total artwork featuring delightfully detailed paintings. On a guided tour through the colourful interior, visitors are able to find out curious and moving facts about the artist and her flower children.
More info: www.stmoritz.com/mili-weber-haus
The colours, the clear air… Every year autumn transforms the ancient alpine world into a unique natural work of art. It’s the perfect time to discover the many paths and trails on foot or by bike. And to tempt you further, at breathtaking vantage points you will find charming restaurants serving culinary highlights and local specialities accompanied by a good helping of Swiss hospitality. And here’s a tip for anyone who likes to take it easy: there’s also a chairlift!
More info: www.stmoritz.com/for-foodies
Are you ready for an autumnal golfing adventure of the highest order – in a magical mountain setting? With three golf courses at 1800 metres above sea-level, St. Moritz and the Engadine valley are among the most iconic golfing destinations in the Alps. The exclusive 9-hole Kulm golf course, just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of St. Moritz, is not only one of the highest courses in Europe but also one of the oldest. Then there are the two 18-hole courses in Samedan and Zuoz-Madulain, which both offer a challenging and varied playing experience. And at all three courses, the stunning natural drama of the golden autumnal hues provides every player with an extra energy boost.
More info: www.stmoritz.com/golf-at-1800m
There is rustling and roaring in the Swiss National Park… In the Val Trupchun, the valley in the National Park with the densest population of game, large numbers of stags can be spotted during the rutting season at the end of September, and their bellowing can be heard from far away. Other animals such as chamois, ibex and marmots are also particularly active in the autumn and, with a little bit of luck and patience, you can observe them here in their natural habitat. Why not take an autumnal ramble through the unspoilt natural scenery of the National Park – keep your eyes and ears open!
More info: www.maps.engadin.ch/val-trupchun-in-the-swiss-national-park
Homesick for the majestic larch trees in and around St. Moritz? With the Swiss Leaf Tracker you can take a quick tour of the region via a live webcam and watch as the forests gradually don their autumn mantle. An interactive map shows current and predicted leaf colouration across the whole of Switzerland so you know when a trip to the Engadine will be especially worthwhile. Admire the luminescent sea of colour from the comfort of your armchair or, better still, come and visit us here in person!
More info: www.myswitzerland.com/foliage-map