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Pontresina

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Just 10 train-minutes southeasterly from St. Moritz at the mouth of the Val Bernina (Bernina valley) lies Pontresina. Check out the pentagonal Moorish tower and the Sta Maria Chapel, with frescoes dating from the 13th and 15th centuries. Hiking trails wend in all directions from Alp Languard to the east of Pontresina (the chair lift to the summit runs from the end of May to mid-October). In the same building as the tourist office is the mountaineering school which is the largest in Switzerland. Pontresina also provides ideal conditions for inline skaters. The high valley is suitable for high-altitude training of all types, and the wonderful backdrop is an inspiration for all, making it easier to run and glide. Inline skates can be hired from Fähndrich Sport in Pontresina (Via Maistra). In addition, biking here is very attractive. Mountain bikers and cyclists find more than 400 km of mountain bike trails and cycling paths. Whether negotiating a steep single trail or a winding pass, adventure and fun are guaranteed on easy-going outings along the side valleys, or on thrilling descents from the mountain. Even electro bikes can be rented here (at Flying Cycles, Via Cuntschett 1 or at Camping Plauns, Plauns 13). With an electro bike you enjoy the excursion twice as much! Thanks to the integrated, virtually noiseless electric motor, the "manpower" is doubled when cycling – you can experience the Engadine with half the effort and twice the enjoyment!

How to get to Pontresina: the hourly trains from Chur take 2 hours and you have to change in Samedan. From St. Moritz it’s just 10 minutes by train (or 18 minutes by bus).

Tourist office: at Kongresszentrum Rondo, Via Maistra 133, (081 838 83 00) www.pontresina.ch

Budget accommodation:
Pontresina Youth Hostel, “"Cuntschett", Via da la Staziun 46 (081 842 72 23). The hostel is next to the railway and bus station.