The well-preserved historic village center of S-chanf radiates a pristine charm and reflects the spirit of a culture which is still strongly rooted in its Romanic origins.
Its historic village center, traditional culture and unique nature landscape surrounding it have made S-chanf a place worthy to be protected. Situated at the door to the Swiss national park, it has gained in importance for tourism in the upper Engadine in the past decades, but has nevertheless been able to perpetuate its traditional character, paired with openmindedness.
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Long ago, S-chanf was known as a stop for muleteers; today it is famous as the goal for cross-country skiers taking part in the Engadin Ski Marathon. Families, especially, enjoy a wonderfully peaceful experience of winter here. The intact historic heart of the village radiates an irresistible authentic charm; of the 600 inhabitants, half speak Romansh; and all cherish a local culture that is strongly aware of its Latin roots. The natural landscape on the doorstep is so special it has been protected in grand style: as the Swiss National Park. But while S-chanf, as gateway to the park, has grown in importance for tourism in the Upper Engadin over recent decades, the village has maintained its relaxed sense of tradition.