Tradition: Schlitteda Samedan


17 February 2024

Stalla Sutter, Samedan

The Schlitteda is one of the Engadine customs whose origins can be traced back to the time when sledges and horses were the only means of winter transport everywhere in the Engadine.

Originally, the bachelors used the occasion to invite their beloved to a romantic carriage ride and thus spend the day with her. The Giuventüna da Samedan is one of the organisers of Schlittedas who have continued the basic idea. Thus, only unmarried women and men are allowed to take part in the event. On the typical Engadine sleigh, the lady sits in the smart Engadine costume, the carter sits behind on the seat in tailcoat and top hat, and the horse is richly decorated. The preparations for the start can be observed at 9.00 a.m. at the Stalla Sutter. The outrider in his proud uniform leads the colourful column of sledges. The route continues to the "punt dals squilats" over the Starzersee where the participants have lunch at the Waldhaus am See. Afterwards, the sledge column will return to Samedan, where it will arrive at the Samedan municipality's workshop at around 16.00 hrs. In the evening, the Giuventüna will round off the day with a dinner and dance. Further information from Samedan Tourist Information, T 081 851 00 60.


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