In the Engadin’s Swiss stone pine forests

In the Engadin’s Swiss stone pine forests

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The high-lying valley of the Upper Engadin is characterised by its extensive forests of Swiss stone pine. The timber of the “queen of the Alps” gives rise to sweet-smelling restaurant interiors, as well as deep and peaceful sleep.

While spruces also grow on the lower mountain slopes, the Engadin’s side valleys are predominantly covered with Swiss stone pines and larches, which are considerably more resistant to the cold and thus able to survive the long, harsh winters. The bewitching scent of the Swiss stone pine accompanies hikers everywhere they go, such as along the beautiful trails through the Staz forest. The upper part of the forest, God Plazzer, is home to some of oldest Swiss stone pines in Graubünden, which have been standing there for 1,000 years or more. The “queen of the Alps” grows to a height of 25 metres and can withstand extreme temperatures ranging from ‒40°C to +40°C. Their shoots are covered with pine needles, arranged in bundles of five.

Since time immemorial, the local inhabitants have made good use of the vital force of the Swiss stone pine for example, in the typical Engadin wood-panelled restaurants and lodges, whose delicate fragrance creates a cosy, relaxed ambience. Or as pillows, filled with fine shavings of Swiss stone pine wood. They help to induce a particularly deep and restful sleep – and are even said to hinder snoring.


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