The fine pleasure of the high Alps in the Upper Engadin: Pontresina

The Engadine, the approximately 80 km long valley in the canton of Graubünden, is known as a paradise for sportsmen and adventurers, a place of inspiration and tranquillity, a valley with true nature and full of cultural treasures. It is one of the highest inhabited valleys in Europe.

Roughly divided into two parts, the Engadin consists of the Upper Engadin and the Lower Engadin. The Upper Engadine impresses with several large, well-known ski resorts around St. Moritz (Corviglia, Corvatsch, Diavolezza) and breathtaking landscapes.

The mountain village of Pontresina, the start and finish of the Bernina Ultraks, lies at 1,805 metres in an Upper Engadine side valley. The world-famous Engadine mountain health resort is located at the foot of the Bernina massif and is thus surrounded by the two most famous peaks of the Engadine: Piz Palü and Piz Bernina. The latter, at 4,049 m, is the highest peak in the Eastern Alps. In Pontresina you will find predestined tranquility as well as action and variety: thanks to its individual charm and unique nature, Pontresina presents itself as a destination like no other. The historic mountaineering village is already inspiring on arrival: the charm of traditional Engadine houses and the elegance of large hotels of the “Belle Epoque” transport visitors back to another time.

In Pontresina, the eternal ice is literally at your hotel door. No wonder – with 173 glaciers, the Engadin is a landscape “on the rocks”! The glaciers surround the highest peaks of the Eastern Alps with the undisputed number one: the Morteratsch Glacier. It is seven kilometres long and thus the longest glacier in the Engadine.

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Parking Facilities

Pontresina has two modern public parking garages “Rondo” and “Mulin” as well as numerous other public parking spaces. These are located within walking distance of the Rondo and the UltraksZone.


Many roads lead to Pontresina! The city lies in the Upper Engadin, in the triangle between Zurich, Milan and Munich. You can reach the Ultraks location comfortably by the Rhaetian Railway, via the well-developed road network or by air.

Arrival by car

From all directions

Pontresina can be reached easily and safely from northern Switzerland, Ticino, Italy or Austria on well-developed Alpine roads. From Zurich it takes 2.5 hours, from Milan 3.5 hours and from Munich 4 hours to Pontresina.

You can reach the valley via the Maloja, Julier, Ofen or Bernina passes.

Arrival by train

Comfortably and reliably, the SBB (Swiss Federal Railways) will bring you from the traffic junction Zurich to Chur with modern intercity trains. The Rhaetian Railway’s routes from the capital of Graubünden to the Upper Engadine, with their helical tunnels and dizzying viaducts, are among the most picturesque and interesting in Europe. The UNESCO World Heritage label and famous railway classics like the Glacier Express and Bernina Express speak for themselves.

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