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Swiss Summer

...not just a winter-wonderland

Long gone are the days of fresh powder and cozy mugs of mulled wine cupped in chilled hands, and the feeling of carving flawless curves down pristine white slopes may seem like a distant dream. With warm rays of sunlight streaming down over endless seas of green, sparkling lakes and breathtaking rocky, ice-capped peaks, summer has arrived in the Swiss Alps.

 

 

Although St. Moritz is more popularly known as a luxury ski resort and destination, summer in the Engadin region is no less exciting. At Bogner, we consider the Swiss Alps to be more than just mountains, but an integral part of the Bogner lifestyle, which is something that naturally extends throughout the entire year.

midsummer night's dream

For the perfect summer holiday in Engadin, let at least one day start before dawn, with a hike or a

midsummer night's dream

gondola ride up to the peak of the Hausberg. On a clear morning, one can witness one of the most beautiful sunrises in the world at 3,000 meters (9843 feet). Once the sun is up, a luxury buffet breakfast at the Gipfel-Restaurant, just below the peak, is the final addition to a glorious start to the day, complete with panoramic views of the valleys below and the rocky, mountainous horizon.

 

 

 

 

 

Winter visitors to St. Moritz are naturally ski and snowboard enthusiasts; for those who find themselves missing the adrenaline pumping through their veins and the wind combing through their hair in summer, the Oberengadin region offers over 4,000 kilometers (250 miles) of mountain biking trails.

The mountains themselves, however, are not all that Engadin has to offer; in the valley lies lake Silvaplana, which is perhaps one of the best lakes for stand-up paddle-boarding (SUP) in the world. The region is also home to the Kulm Golf course, which is among the finest 9-hole golf courses in all of Europe.

While true après ski may not be possible, there is no shortage of after-dark entertainment in the summer months in Engadin. Many popular restaurants, bars and clubs populate the area, including the notorious Sunny Bar, sporting the X-rays of its clientele’s sport injuries as wall-décor. For a more relaxing evening of recovering from a hard day of sports, the historic Kronenhof in Pontresina hotel offers a glorious night-spa experience, which is also open to non-guests of the hotel.

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