… Sils Maria awaits, nestled between Piz Corvatsch and Piz Lagrev. Cars are not allowed in Val Fex – a beautiful side valley that overlooks the lakes of Silvaplana and Sils – which makes walking there even more pleasant.
For a culinary break
Listen to live jazz music on the terrace of the Waldhaus Sils, the magical place which inspired director Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel.
For poets and philosophers
Visit the Nietzsche Haus, where the famous philosopher once spent many a summer. Exhibits not only provide insight into his life and work, but also showcase regional artists.
… you can find Val Bregaglia, the idyllic valley that connects Graubünden with Italy. Alberto Giacometti was born in Bregaglia, and the valley has inspired many other artists like Giovanni Segantini with its rugged beauty. It is worth a visit any time of year, but many say it is the most spectacular in autumn.
One order of nature to go, please!
Wander through some of Europe's most extensive chestnut groves before tasting various culinary chestnut creations, from jams to cakes to liquor.
Cultural heritage to be admired
Visit Giacometti's atelier in Stampa, and then head next door to the Ciäsa Granda Museum that exhibits his work, along with pieces by Varlin and Segantini.
Tradition to celebrate
Join the Chestnut Festival 2021. From the 25th of September until the 24th of October, the Engadine celebrate the sweet chestnut. It has long played an important role as a chrisis-proof food in our southern valley of the Swiss Alps.
… you will already find yourself on the shores of Lago di Como, framed by the base of the Alps. The towns surrounding the lake honor the blue-green water with their colorful facades and ooze an air of carefree Italianità. Whether you are on your way to Milano or escaping the odd day of bad weather in the mountains, the Como area has plenty of options for a great day trip:
The morning in Colico
The town of Colico lies in the province of Lecco on the north shore of Lake Como. Views are fantastic, and there are all sorts of activities to be found for an energetic start to your day.
For a cappuccino
Take a coffee break at the Caffè del Lago, which has outside seating and a postcard lake view.
A lakeside strolls
A short walk along the lake is sure to stimulate your senses – we recommend going from the south end of town to the nature reserve of Pian die Spagna.
An afternoon in Bellagio
Follow the eastern shore and it will take you the dreamy little city of Varenna. From here you can take a car ferry to Bellagio, the pearl of Lake Como. Despite being popular with tourists, Bellagio's flair is not famous for nothing – a stroll among the elegant villas, picturesque houses and mediterranean alleys proves that with ease.
On to lunch
If you can snag a table at the Ristorante Bilacus on the popular Salita Serbelloni, consider yourself lucky. Not only is the food delicious, but the outside patio with its jasmine-covered arbor is true postcard motif. bilacusbellagio.it
For wine lovers
Your route down the Salita Serbelloni to the shore leads you right past the Enoteca la Principessa with their excellent wine selection. Don't worry, you can't miss it. Strolling through the park
The gardens at the Villa Serbelloni are always worth a visit. Since you can only enter with a guided tour, make sure to book in advance. The gardens of the Villa Melzi, along with the chapel and museum, are made for a splendid afternoon walk. giardinidivillamelzi.it
Evening in Como
The drive along the western arm of Lake Como brings you to its namesake. Como, the regional capitol, is known for its cultural heritage, and the old alleys are a joy to galavant through. And don't forget to stop by the Como Cathedral before bedding down in your classic Italian villa!
In the mood for an aperitif?
Step into the wonderfully down-to-earth atmosphere of the Fresco Cocktail Shop. The ceiling is low, with heavy wood beams – but the cocktails are refined, creative and seasonal.
Dinner – hassle-free
Don't be fooled by the simplicity of the dishes in Ristorante Sociale. The simplicity only ensures that their sumptuous flavors of Italianità leave a more lasting impression – aided and abetted by the lively atmosphere of this rustic restaurant in the heart of the city. ristorantesociale.it
The best gelato in Como
Good gelato is not found piled into mounds behind plexiglass, but hidden under lids in cooled containers. Do like the locals do, and wrap up your dinner at Gelateria Guidi with a scoop of sweet bliss.
For a good night's sleep
Located at the edge of town, Villa Ronco dell’Abate overlooks southern Como. Guests can not only recharge their batteries in the renovated rooms, but also in a beautiful library and picturesque gardens. roncodellabate.com
Not in the region at the moment? Numerous films and books let you explore St. Moritz and the Engadine from the comfort of your home. The film Clouds of Sils Maria (2014) tells the story of an intense relationship drama over an aging actress (Juliette Binoche), who withdraws to Sils Maria with her assistant (Kristen Stewart) to practice and get into character. Arnold Fanck documented the cloud phenomenon known locally as the “Maloja Snake” in his film Das Wolkenphänomen von Sils Maria (1924).