Holidays in Scuol - Switzerland
The charming spa town in the Engadin valley
Scuol lies close to the border with Austria in the pretty Engadin valley, with a long history of welcoming visitors to its thermal baths. Pure mineral water even flows in the fountains of the town's atmospheric little squares, with their typical 500 year old buildings and traditional ‘Sgraffiti’ decorated walls. Scuol also offers plenty of opportunities to try such specialities as Engadin nut cake or Salsiz, an air-dried sausage best enjoyed in thin slices with a glass of red wine.
While visitors are should certainly 'take the waters' in this spa resort, there is a great deal to explore in the surrounding area, including the magnificent Swiss National Park. Both the Rhaetian Railway and the local Postbus routes have great connections throughout the scenic region and there are walks aplenty in the mountains, which can be reached by cable car. We highly recommend this quiet corner of Switzerland, with its proud Romansch history and culture.
TWO AND MULTI CENTRE HOLIDAYS
Why not consider a multi centre holiday, combining the clear waters of Scuol with the pure mountain air of Zermatt. Enjoy nature at its best with a connecting journey on the incomparable Glacier Express.
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VISITS AROUND SCUOL
Baths and Wellness Centre
A visit to the Roman-Irish Spa is a real must while staying in Scuol. Using methods developed in the nineteenth century, the spa offers a fabulous combination of the Roman traditions of hot steam bathing and the ancient Celtic methods of cleansing the body and mind in hot, dry air. A typical visit lasts around 2-3 hours as you make your way through the series of baths, steam rooms, massages and whirlpools. At the Wellness Centre there is also a series of indoor and outdoor pools to enjoy as well as various saunas and plenty of places to relax in beautiful surroundings.
A trip on the narrow gauge mountain railways of the Graubünden region is highly recommended. Some sections of the 125 year old line are designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites thanks to the outstanding beauty of the landscape through which they travel and the marvellous engineering of the bridges, viaducts and tunnels that cross the mountains and valleys. From Scuol, it is easy to hop on the Rhaetian Railway for some unforgettable sightseeing and a leisurely lunch in a picturesque alpine village.
The Swiss National Park
Just a short rail journey brings you to the town of Zernez, starting point for exploring the Swiss National Park. Preserved for over a hundred years in its natural state, it is a joy to wander amongst the mountain trees and shrubs on the 80km of prepared walking trails. There are interesting signposts along the paths, alerting you to places where you might spot alpine creatures such as marmots, chamois, ibex - and over 100 species of birds. You can also take the Postbus from Zernez to various stops within the National Park.
Tarasp was originally an Austrian fortress, built in 1040 to oversee the land around the lake of Tarasp and the lower Engadin valley. At the turn of the twentieth century - and now firmly in Swiss territory - the dilapidated castle was restored to its former glory and is well worth a visit today. Guided tours take around an hour and include the knights' grand banqueting hall and the ancient bedchambers. There are often concerts organised, making use of the magnificent wooden organ with its 3000 pipes.
Explore the mountains
From Scuol in the lower Engadin valley, you can take the cable car up to Motta Naluns at 2,146m and enjoy truly beautiful views. There is a mountain restaurant at the top and the opportunity to experience some wonderful walks in the pure mountain air. Why not try the panoramic walk to Prui, which takes around an hour. Upon arrival you'll find another mountain restaurant ready to serve you a refreshing drink before taking the chair lift down from Prui to the village of Ftan. From Ftan, you can either walk or take the Postbus back to Scuol.
Duty Free Shopping
In the nearby town of Samnaun lies a shopper's paradise. The only duty free shopping area in Switzerland, this is a chance to buy watches, jewellery, perfume, spirits & tobacco at very attractive prices. Shoppers can also browse for typically Swiss products and enjoy traditional baked goods and cheeses. Complete your day in Samnaun with a trip to the mountains - take the local cable car and chair lift to Ischgl for some lovely views over the region.