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Thursday - Travel to the Engadin Valley in Switzerland

And we’re off!
This morning we pack up and depart Seefeld for the Engadin Valley. We will take a funicular to the top of the Muottas Muragl mountain, overlooking the valley and sled back down, before a short ski back to our hotel.

7:30 AM - Breakfast and Hotel St Peter
Enjoy breakfast at your leisure.

10:00 AM - Checkout and departure
We say so long to the St Peter, Seefeld and Austria this morning, as we travel by coach bus into Switzerland.

1:00 PM - Arrive in the Engadin Valley
Our bus will bring us to the Muottas Muragl funicular for a trip to the top of the mountain overlooking the Engadin valley. On a clear day, there is perhaps no better place to orient yourself with the region.
The restaurant atop the mountain offers several options for lunch.

After lunch, you may want to kick back in the sun chairs or explore their igloo before sledding back to the valley. We will sled back to the valley on Rodels--traditional alpine sleds. Another option is to take the funicular back to the valley below.

Our hotel is a short 5 km ski from the Muottas Muragl station along the Engadin ski trail. You may choose to get in a few more kilometers today or simply ski to our hotel. A brief train ride also takes you directly from Muottas Muragl directly to Samedan, where our hotel is about a 300m walk from the train station.

The afternoon is yours to relax or explore the town of Samedan, our home for the next four nights. Our stay includes entry to Samedan’s mineral baths, a short walk from our hotel.

According to its website: “The Mineral bath and Spa Samedan is located in the town center of the historical village of Samedan and built directly onto the town’s landmark- protected Church. It is Switzerland’s first vertically built mineral bath & spa. Every bathing room, from the bathing pools to the walls and ceilings, is finished off with elaborate glazed mosaic tiles. The carefully chosen blend of colors, together with the internal lighting design, creates the mystical mood setting. The bathing experience is spread out over five stories including the roof where one can bathe outside under the church tower with a view of the Alps.”

…this is an excellent opportunity to relax this afternoon.

6:00 PM - Dinner at Hotel Donatz
Our hotel has a special welcome dinner planned for us before settling in for the evening.

Today’s ski from Muottas Muragl to Samedan:
(Sledding trial in red)

Muottas Muragl to Samedan.JPG

Link to Detailed Map of Engadin Valley Ski Trails (for download).

Walk from the ski trail (800m) and train station (300m) to Hotel Donatz (57):

Samedan Map.JPG