The alpine village of Pontresina lies at 1800m at the mouth of the Bernina Valley, on a sheltered mountain plateau and surrounded by fragrant pine forests. It is well known by walkers, due to the easy access to the high Alps with views of the Bernina Massif range and the glittering reflections of the lakes of the Engadin plain. There are 580km of walking paths in the region; a particular favourite trail is from Muottas Muragl to Alp Languard and down to Pontresina.
Fashionable St. Moritz is close by, linked by rail or bus, but Pontresina has a charm of its own, with its typical Engadin houses and belle époque buildings. The village is a place of tranquility, with plenty of culinary delights and a favourable climate with plenty of sunshine and mild, dry weather. The Alps are ever present - Piz Bernina at 4,049m is the highest peak in the eastern Alps and is a wonderful sight to behold, standing as it does alongside Palü, Roseg and Bellavista. You can also enjoy the mountains on a scenic rail journey, such as the Bernina Express. Hotel guests benefit from the FREE Engadin Inclusive Card during the summer months, allowing you to fully explore the local mountains.
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Where to stay
Choose from our handpicked Pontresina hotels
What to see and do
Pontresina is well located in the heart of the Engadin region, with a vast array of mountain visits to enjoy. Please click here for a summary of the best the region has to offer.
Excellent walking on challenging terrain is to be enjoyed at Diavolezza. The more gentle panorama trail between Muottas Muragl and Alp Languard is worth a special mention, as it is virtually level and features the charming Munt da la Bês-cha mountain restaurant halfway along. Take the bus to St. Moritz for the Corviglia funicular or to glistening Lake Silvaplana for the Corvatsch cable car. Both have lovely views and sun terraces.
Your journeys into the mountains are free during the summer months, thanks to the Engadin Inclusive Card.
Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Take a day trip on the Bernina Express scenic rail journey. You'll travel on the World Heritage line across the Alps and even have time for a quick lunch in Italy! You can also see the St. Johann Monastery and the Val Müstair National Park. See more Swiss World Heritage Sites here.
Explore the region with our great value travel passes
Our holidays include the Half Fare Card, which entitles you to a 50% discount on most rail, mountain railways, cable cars, boats and PostBuses across Switzerland.
You'll also be issued with the Engadin Inclusive Card during the summer months, with free mountain travel in the area. If you are planning trips further afield, it can be well worth pre-booking the Swiss Travel Pass, as it saves you a great deal of money - and helps you avoid the queues at the ticket office! We will be delighted to guide you on the pass that's right for you. Call us on 0800 619 1200 for more advice.
Scenic rail holidays from Pontresina
Enjoy a fantastic two or multi centre holiday, with a scenic rail journey connecting your resorts.
Pontresina is perfectly placed for the famous Glacier Express to Zermatt. Alternatively, you can join the Bernina Express through to Lugano. The Bernina Express is also available as a highly recommended day trip to the Italian town of Tirano.
If you prefer to be based solely in Pontresina, there are many lakes and mountains journeys to be enjoyed locally. We can tailor make any itinerary you choose, please contact us for details on 0800 619 1200.