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Silvaplana
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Stage 3, Maloja–Pontresina
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Stage 1, Maloja–Silvaplana
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Stage 2, Silvaplana–Samedan
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Silvaplana

Silvaplana

Silvaplana, 1815m, lies at the foot of the Julier Pass, in the middle of the Upper Engadine lake landscape. The lake, wind and mountain world provides the basics for a wide range of summer and winter sport.
Surrounded by stunning summits, the three villages of Silvaplana, Surlej and Champfèr group around two lakes, the Lej da Silvaplauna and Lej da Champfèr. Silvaplana is easy to recognize from its villagescape as most of the houses are not of any great age. For a long time the population was concentrated in sunny and sheltered Surlej, while accommodation in Silvaplana was mainly used by drivers and their pack animals, later postal coach passengers, merchants and traders travelling over the Maloja and Julier Passes. Surlej was almost totally destroyed by mudslides and floods in 1772 and 1773 and many people rebuilt their houses in Silvaplana.

The village experienced a great economic upturn with the opening of the Corvatsch aerial cableway in 1964. Holiday homes shot out of the ground like mushrooms. The population doubled within a few years and continued to increase to today’s figure of over 940. This large growth meant that the Romansch-speaking population slipped into the minority, whereby both federation and canton made intensive efforts to retain the Romanch language. From an economic aspect, tourism is today the municipality’s most important mainstay. Corvatsch and the lakes are a summer and winter mecca for recreation seekers.

Summer

From Surlej, the aerial cableway reaches the 3303-metre-high Piz Corvatsch with the highest-altitude summit station in the eastern Alps. The Corvatsch region offers a host of rewarding hikes. You soon find yourself above the treeline, enjoying wonderful views of the Upper Engadine glaciers and lakes. One outstanding hike is the trail over the Fuorcla Surlej down to traffic-free and unspoilt Val Roseg and – on foot or by horse-drawn carriage - on to Pontresina. The Lej da Silvaplauna, 1791m, is one of Europe’s highest-altitude surfing lakes, attracting both windsurfers and kitesurfers thanks to the reliable Maloja wind.

Winter

The frozen and snow-covered Silvaplanersee lake is a playground for beginners in the trendy sport of snowkiting and also for cross-country skiers who have a total of 180 km of prepared runs to enjoy. Just the run straight across the Silsersee, Silvaplanersee and Champferersee lakes is 12km long and part of the famous ski marathon course. The Corvatsch ski region has 14 transport facilities, 120 km of prepared pistes and the longest illuminated night piste in Switzerland (Snow Night with parties in ski region every Friday). The winter-white mountain landscape is also pefect to explore on peaceful snowshoe treks away from the busy pistes.

Highlights

  • Corvatsch –highest- altitude ski region in the eastern Alps.
  • Silvaplanersee: summer mecca for wind and kite surfers, in winter a favourite with cross-country skiers and snowkiters.
  • Round hike Silvaplana-Fuorcla Surlej-Val Roseg-Pontresina-Silvaplana by aerial cableway, on foot, by horse-drawn carriage and lastly by train.
Silvaplana, 1815m, lies at the foot of the Julier Pass, in the middle of the Upper Engadine lake landscape. The lake, wind and mountain world provides the basics for a wide range of summer and winter sport.
Surrounded by stunning summits, the three villages of Silvaplana, Surlej and Champfèr group around two lakes, the Lej da Silvaplauna and Lej da Champfèr. Silvaplana is easy to recognize from its villagescape as most of the houses are not of any great age. For a long time the population was concentrated in sunny and sheltered Surlej, while accommodation in Silvaplana was mainly used by drivers and their pack animals, later postal coach passengers, merchants and traders travelling over the Maloja and Julier Passes. Surlej was almost totally destroyed by mudslides and floods in 1772 and 1773 and many people rebuilt their houses in Silvaplana.

The village experienced a great economic upturn with the opening of the Corvatsch aerial cableway in 1964. Holiday homes shot out of the ground like mushrooms. The population doubled within a few years and continued to increase to today’s figure of over 940. This large growth meant that the Romansch-speaking population slipped into the minority, whereby both federation and canton made intensive efforts to retain the Romanch language. From an economic aspect, tourism is today the municipality’s most important mainstay. Corvatsch and the lakes are a summer and winter mecca for recreation seekers.

Summer

From Surlej, the aerial cableway reaches the 3303-metre-high Piz Corvatsch with the highest-altitude summit station in the eastern Alps. The Corvatsch region offers a host of rewarding hikes. You soon find yourself above the treeline, enjoying wonderful views of the Upper Engadine glaciers and lakes. One outstanding hike is the trail over the Fuorcla Surlej down to traffic-free and unspoilt Val Roseg and – on foot or by horse-drawn carriage - on to Pontresina. The Lej da Silvaplauna, 1791m, is one of Europe’s highest-altitude surfing lakes, attracting both windsurfers and kitesurfers thanks to the reliable Maloja wind.

Winter

The frozen and snow-covered Silvaplanersee lake is a playground for beginners in the trendy sport of snowkiting and also for cross-country skiers who have a total of 180 km of prepared runs to enjoy. Just the run straight across the Silsersee, Silvaplanersee and Champferersee lakes is 12km long and part of the famous ski marathon course. The Corvatsch ski region has 14 transport facilities, 120 km of prepared pistes and the longest illuminated night piste in Switzerland (Snow Night with parties in ski region every Friday). The winter-white mountain landscape is also pefect to explore on peaceful snowshoe treks away from the busy pistes.

Highlights

  • Corvatsch –highest- altitude ski region in the eastern Alps.
  • Silvaplanersee: summer mecca for wind and kite surfers, in winter a favourite with cross-country skiers and snowkiters.
  • Round hike Silvaplana-Fuorcla Surlej-Val Roseg-Pontresina-Silvaplana by aerial cableway, on foot, by horse-drawn carriage and lastly by train.

Arrival and return Silvaplana

Station & services

Adresse

Silvaplana Tourist Information
Engadin St. Moritz
7513 Silvaplana
Tel. +41 (0)81 838 60 00
silvaplana@estm.ch
www.engadin.stmoritz.ch/silvaplana

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Places of interest

The pumptrack at the Sports Center Mulets Silvaplana
The pumptrack at the Sports Center Mulets Silvaplana
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Hiking in

Silvaplana
Senda Segantini
Senda Segantini
Stage 3, Maloja–Pontresina
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Via Engiadina
Via Engiadina
Stage 1, Maloja–Silvaplana
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Via Engiadina
Via Engiadina
Stage 2, Silvaplana–Samedan
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Cycling in

Silvaplana
Inn-Radweg
Inn-Radweg
Stage 1, Maloja–La Punt
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Mountain biking in

Silvaplana
Alpine Bike
Padella-Corviglia-Panoramatour