The gateway to the Swiss National Park
The gateway to the Swiss National Park also makes an ideal base for exploring the whole of the delightful region where Switzerland, Italy and Austria come together.
Undisputed number-one attraction, however, is Switzerland’s only national park, at 170.3 square kilometres (66 square miles) the country’s largest nature reserve. In winter, it lies under a thick blanket of snow and is closed to the public, but the visitor centre in Zernez with its fascinating multi-media exhibition remains open all season.
The attractive Engadin village also makes a peaceful base for exploring the region’s various large ski areas, while from the doorstep a network of cross-country ski trails leads into the expansive valley of the Upper Engadin, down into the wild and romantic Lower Engadin, and around Zernez itself. Anyone seeking a very special experience of nature can book a guided snowshoe tour – for example up at the Ofen Pass. Livelier thrills, meanwhile, are on offer on the Munt Baselgia toboggan run, the artificial ice rink and the wonderful natural ice rink.