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13th National Swiss Family Hiking Day: Sils-St. Moritz route

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  • Sils Maria
    / Sils Maria
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  • / plain of Sils with Lake Sils
    Photo: Sils Tourismus, Engadin St. Moritz
  • / Sils Baselgia
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  • / Halbinsel Chasté und Silsersee
    Photo: Engadin St. Moritz
  • / on Via Engiadina with view of the Lake Silvaplana
    Photo: Laura-Maria Engel, Engadin St. Moritz
  • / village centre of Silvaplana
    Photo: Engadin St. Moritz
  • / Kiter auf dem Silvaplanersee
    Photo: Engadin St. Moritz
  • / Lej Marsch
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  • / St. Moritz and Lake St. Moritz
    Photo: Engadin St. Moritz
  • / Ludains, St. Moritz Bad
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Enjoy the Upper Engadine lake landscape; from Sils along Lake Sils, a stretch on the Via Engiadina to Silvaplana and high above Lake Champfèr to Lake St. Moritz.
moderate
13.9 km
4:14 h
427 m
475 m
This hike starts in Muot Marias, in the middle of Sils. Before reaching Lake Sils, you pass through the Engadin village of Sils with its beautiful Engadin houses. On the Sils plain, the view extends over Lake Sils to Maloja and the Chastè peninsula. In Sils Baselgia the route climbs up to the Via Engiadina and follows it to Silvaplana. On this panoramic trail, a stop on one of the benches is a must to enjoy the view of Lake Sils and the Piz da la Margna.

Passing through Silvaplana, you arrive at the Surlej bridge, where you can observe the play of colours of the kiters. A short stretch along Lake Champfèr before climbing the small Crest'Alta hill. Until 1964 there was a restaurant up here, the walls are still standing and invite you to stop and enjoy the view over the Julierpass road and Silvaplana.

The trail continues to wind its way down the hill and at the junction joins the wide path leading through the forest to Lej Marsch. There the route that began in Silvaplana joins up. The Lej Marsch is a lovely marsh lake with numerous outdoor barbecues around it and also a popular swimming lake.

The route then continues across the lake to the St. Moritz campsite. It passes between the camp and through the clearing. At the crossroads, the St. Moritz route also meets up. After a few minutes you arrive at the Eglise au bois, the French church of St. Moritz. If you are thirsty, this would be an opportunity to go down to the thermal baths and taste the world-famous St. Moritz healing water in the drinks room. Otherwise, the trail continues past the Kinderparadies (children's playground) to the Polowiese with its athletics track, where top athletes from all over the world train at altitude to prepare for competitions. From there it is not far to the finish, just along the lake, leaving the Catholic church on the left, over the bridge and at the end of the skating rink is the end point of this varied hike.

 

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Engadin St. Moritz Tourismus AG
Via Maistra 1
CH-7500 St. Moritz
Telefon: +41 81 830 00 01
E-Mail: allegra@engadin.ch
 Internet: www.engadin.ch 

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Engadin St. Moritz
Updated: March 25, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
1,944 m
Lowest point
1,769 m
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Start

Sils, Muot Marias (1,807 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'778'705E 1'144'794N
DD
46.430662, 9.763945
DMS
46°25'50.4"N 9°45'50.2"E
UTM
32T 558693 5142182
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Destination

St. Moritz, Ludains

Turn-by-turn directions

Sils Muot Marias - Lake Sils - Sils Baselgia - Via Engiadina - Silvaplana - Surlej Bridge- Crest'Alta - Lej Marsch - Eglise au bois - Polowiese - Ludains

Note

Wildlife refuge Fratta: December 01 - April 30
all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Take the Engadin bus to Sils Maria Posta stop.

Parking

There is a car park in Sils

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'778'705E 1'144'794N
DD
46.430662, 9.763945
DMS
46°25'50.4"N 9°45'50.2"E
UTM
32T 558693 5142182
w3w 
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
13.9 km
Duration
4:14 h
Ascent
427 m
Descent
475 m
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