Val Poschiavo

Graubünden

Puschlav Poschiavo

Puschlav Poschiavo

Puschlav Poschiavo

Puschlav Poschiavo

Skilift Zarera

Skilift Zarera

Poschiavo, Grigioni (Swizzera)

Poschiavo, Grigioni (Swizzera)

Red Train, Bernina Express

Red Train, Bernina Express

Miralago

Miralago

Le Prese (GR)

Le Prese (GR)

Whether by "Trenino Rosso" or "Bernina Express", the red train compositions of the Rhaetian Railway or by car: the journey from the Engadine to the Puschlav, the southernmost of the 150 Grisons valleys, all the way to the Italian border takes you through some of Switzerland's most varied countryside.

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The authentic natural and cultural landscape of the Puschlav which is 25 kilometres long as the crow flies extends from the giant ice peaks of the Bernina Mountain Range all the way down to the vineyards of the Veltlin. Woven into it are a great many sites of natural beauty, pretty towns with interesting cultural monuments, churches and palaces.

The train journey over the Bernina Pass (in winter the road over the pass is sometimes closed) from St. Moritz to the Puschlav and to the Italian border in Tirano is an impressive experience. Time and time again vistas of the mountainscape of the Morteratsch Glacier, Diavolezza or Lagalb open up. From Alp Grüm you enjoy a view of the imposing Palü Glacier and at the same time you can see the Lago di Poschiavo deep down at the bottom of the valley. The railway line into the Puschlav with a gradient of 70 per mill is the highest rail link across the Alps and among the steepest narrow gauge railway lines without a rack in the world - a railway engineering feat.

The centre of the authentic Puschlav holiday universe is the small town of Poschiavo whose imposing patrician houses frame a Piazza with an Italian air. One of the many architectural special features is the "Spaniolenviertel" with its colourful houses and was built by emigrants. The guesthouses in the Puschlav valley, which is characterised by agriculture, serve a great many regional specialities.

The unspoilt countryside of the Puschlav and its side valleys, such as the Val di Campo nature preserve with its mountain lakes, for example the cobalt blue Lago di Saoseo, is best explored on foot. In Cavaglia impressive glacier mills - nicknamed "Giants' Cauldrons" - bear witness to the last ice age and are an interesting sight. The Lago di Poschiavo (or Lake Puschlav) is perfect for a spot of water sports in summer. In winter visitors are attracted by the nearby Engadine ski regions of Diavolezza and Lagalb. The Val di Campo boasts a snow fun park.

Highlights

  • Town of Poschiavo - Italian charm in the Grisons
  • Alp Grüm - stunning vantage point at an altitude of 2091 metres above sea level by the Bernina Pass with a view of Piz Palü (3889 metres above sea level) and the Lago di Poschiavo
  • Bernina Railway - part of the Rhaetian Railway from St. Moritz to Tirano, with a gradient of 70 per mill is one of the steepest railways without a rack
  • Circular viaduct of Brusio - the Bernina Railway describes a 360-degree curve across the viaduct which is a popular photo subject

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