Hiking in Engadin St. Moritz

Mountains as far as the eye can see

In and around St. Moritz, mountain railways provide convenient access to three 3,000 metre giants: the Piz Nair, the Corvatsch and the Diavolezza. Add to that Corviglia, St. Moritz’s local mountain, and the spectacular views from Muottas Muragl. But there are also plenty of great hiking options down in the valley.

St. Moritz visitors can head up Corviglia straight from the centre of town on the Chantarella funicular railway, or on the Signal cable car from St. Moritz Bad. From Corviglia station , you can then take the Piz Nair cable car up the mountain of the same name (3,057 m a.s.l.). The view from the panorama restaurant across St. Moritz, the Upper Engadin lake district and the Alpine ranges is simply out of this world. On your way to Piz Nair, you’ll also get a glimpse of the start of the world’s steepest ski run: the "Free Fall". But we’re not here to ski. There are numerous hiking trails throughout Corviglia/Piz Nair. Take a look at our interactive hiking map.

Muottas Muragl, Diavolezza and Corvatsch

There are more hiking trails and absolutely fantastic views – and we don’t use that word lightly – on Muottas Muragl and Diavolezza. The quaint Muottas-Muragl railway climbs to 2,453 metres above sea level, where visitors are treated to the best view of the Upper Engadin lake district. No wonder so many famous poets, philosophers and painters were inspired by this lofty location. We’d even go so far as to say that if a Bollywood film were ever filmed in Engadin, the two main characters would definitely kiss on Muottas Muragl in the final scene. Or on Diavolezza, with its view of the Bernina massif and the eternal ice of the Morteratsch glacier. Diavolezza’s scenery is high Alpine at its best. It boasts eight mountain peaks that soar to around the 4,000 metre mark. It’s a feast for the eyes for nature lovers and a real hot spot for rock climbers and Alpine hikers. The highest point in the Upper Engadin that you could reach in your slippers is the Corvatsch mountain railway station at 3,303 m a.s.l. From here, visitors enjoy an impressive view of glaciers and lakes that are just begging to be explored. As you can see, you’re not likely to get bored hiking in the Upper Engadin.

Muottas Muragl
From Muottas Muragl visitors can enjoy the best view of the Upper Engadin lake district. The Muottas-Muragl mountain railway climbs to a staggering 2,453 m above sea level.

Mountaineering

Great heights

Engadin St. Moritz is a paradise for both seasoned Alpinists and those with a little less experience under their belts. As winter slowly gives way to spring, the summer tourism season kicks off with gusto. Mountaineers make the most of the superb high Alpine conditions right through until October.

The glittering white peaks of the Bernina range can be seen from miles away. Towering above them all is the Piz Bernina, which at 4,049 m is the highest summit in the Eastern Alps. Almost more well-known than the formidable Piz is the snow and ice ridge Biancograt, the so-called "stairway to heaven", which leads up to the summit.

Just as remarkable are the three peaks of Piz Palü with their hanging glaciers. The Bernina massif has long attracted mountaineers and adventurers to its lofty heights – on 13 September 1850, Johann Coaz and Jon and Lorenz Ragut Tscharner were the first roped party to reach the Piz Bernina summit. Since then, the majestic snow-capped Engadin mountains have become a major attraction for mountaineers of all stripes. 

If you’re keen to head for the hills, but prefer solid ground to ice and snow, you can hike along one of the array of attractive white-blue-white marked Alpine routes. Meanwhile rock climbers can head to the via ferratas at La Resgia and Piz Trovat, the Pontresina high-rope challenge course, and the 17 climbing crags in Engadin St. Moritz. In short, there are plenty of options for experienced climbers, beginners and families alike.

More information about rock climbing and mountaineering is available on the Engadin St. Moritz website.

Mountaineering in Engadin St. Moritz
Mountaineers and adventurers have always been drawn to the Bernina massif.