Switzerland, renowned for its picturesque landscapes and charming towns, is also a top destination for wildlife enthusiasts. The Swiss National Park, located in the Engadin region (Canton of Graubünden), is the country’s only national park and a must-visit for wildlife fanatics.
Established in 1914, the park covers over 105 square miles and is home to all sorts of iconic Alpine flora and fauna, such as chamois, ibexes, marmots, wolves, and recently even the lynx made its return to the region after nearly 150 years. One of its most charismatic animals, the ibex, is even depicted on the flag of Canton Graubünden. With well-marked trails and guided tours, visitors can explore this untouched wilderness while respecting the delicate ecosystem – a realm of strict nature preservation and untouched wilderness. Within its borders, nature has the freedom to unfold undisturbed, while humans assume a background role, mere observers of the ongoing evolution that contributes profoundly to the unique essence of this ecosystem.
Various viewing experiences are available to get up close and personal with alpine wildlife. Exploring the Val Trupchun during the red deer’s mating season offers a truly rewarding experience. As you traverse whichever path you choose, you’ll be greeted by a remarkable sight: approximately 2,000 red deer inhabit the National Park for up to five months during the summer. Thriving at high altitudes and within the alpine landscapes, they make their summer home at around 6,500 feet above sea level. Additionally, the Zernez Visitor’s Center features an engaging interactive exhibit highlighting the wonders of the National Park, along with changing seasonal exhibitions that delve into various nature-themed subjects.
Situated in the southeastern corner of Switzerland, the Engadin valley, home of the renowned town of St. Moritz, stretches through the canton of Graubünden from west to east, encompassing an expanse of stunning side valleys, serene lakes, and majestic mountains. Accessing it is facilitated by an extensive network of efficient transportation options, including trains, roadways, and even Europe’s highest airport, in Samedan, ensuring seamless connectivity to major cities. What truly sets the region apart is its exceptional appeal throughout all four seasons. In winter, the region transforms into a winter wonderland, drawing enthusiasts from around the world with its renowned ski resorts, sport opportunities, and charming alpine villages blanketed in snow. As spring emerges, the Engadin comes to life with vibrant blossoms, making it an idyllic destination for leisurely strolls. Summer unveils a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, as hikers and bikers explore a vast network of trails. Finally, autumn brings a breathtaking transformation as the region’s foliage bursts into a kaleidoscope of warm hues, setting the stage for contemplative moments amidst nature.