Following the end of the ice age, an 80 kilometre long valley opened up in the modern canton of Graubünden, at a height of 1,800 metres above sea level. This valley – the Engadin, is one of the highest inhabited valleys in Europe. For many centuries the valley was only accessible via mountain passes and goods were transported along narrow mule tracks on mule and horseback. Since the extension of the road system through these passes, the construction of the Rhaetian Railway and the Bernina Express, which reaches as far as Veltlin, Upper Engadin has been accessible to the entire world - and people from all over the world love this valley, which delights visitors with its incomparable nature at all times of the year.
In addition to the mightiest glacier in the Eastern Alps, the Morteratsch Glacier, and the only four thousand metre high peak in the Eastern Alps, the Piz Bernina, this region is home to the source of the Inn, which is reputed to have given the valley its name. In the local language, Romansch, the original form of the word Engadin (Engiadina) means the garden of the Inn. A garden, which lies at the foot of the Bernina massif with its countless three thousand metre peaks and close to the Swiss National Park, with its native larch and Swiss pine forests, and is seen as a botanical treasure trove enjoying an average of 322 days of sunshine a year. The fascinating play of light led Nietzsche to believe that he had found the "cradle of all silver tones"
Sportsmen and food lovers, bon-viveurs and thinkers, every year visitors from all around the world have one destination in mind – Engadin. Whether they come for the wide range of sports and leisure activities, regional dishes, the unique culture and architecture, numerous events or the vibrant lifestyle of St. Moritz, on the one hand, or peace and relaxation, on the other, Engadin is peerless in its variety, a unique environment in the Alps and is loved by many for these reasons.
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