A day in Bregaglia
Discovering Bregaglia in one day
The smuggler's trail to the lake Bitabergh starts at the parking Orden in Maloja. Following 17 educational stations, in search of the hidden treasure, you will immerse into the world of smuggling at the beginning of the 19th century. After a restoring break at the picturesque lake Bitabergh, you can either return to Maloja via Cavloc or along the path you came. At the lake Cavloc there is a small restaurant.
In the afternoon, after a lunch at one of the BBQ spots or in one of the restaurants in the valley, follows a visit to the farm Pungell. Cows, goats, chickens and, of course, the Pedroni family will welcome you to the cheese dairy where, with the help of the cheesemaker, you can, on your own prepare a delicious cheese. At the end of the journey, some historical insights await you at the Palazzo Castelmur in Coltura. Here the guardian will open the doors of the castle and tell you about the life of the castellans in the past.
For art and culture lovers
The day begins in Maloja following Segantini’s footsteps. 12 information panels will introduce you to the life and work of the artist. After the walk, you will visit the Pretorio of Vicosoprano, the old seat of the town hall, where you can still see the instruments of torture used to extort confessions in the time of the witches.
Pursue your day with a nice Bregaglia lunch in one of the restaurants in the valley before you visit the ethnographic museum, the Ciäsa Granda. In the old house dating back to 1600 you can admire various works created by the artists of the Giacometti family. On foot, continue then to Palazzo Castelmur where a new audio guide will tell you about the history of the valley.
End your day with an aperitif in the historic village of Soglio, a village that has already inspired various well-known artists.
Highlights from Castasegna to Maloja
With the first sunlight, you enter among the trees of the largest cultivated chestnut grove in Europe. The didactic path with 16 stations will introduce you to some particular aspects regarding the flora and fauna of the territory, the varieties of chestnuts and their cultivation. From Castasegna the journey goes on to Soglio, the picturesque village, elected in 2015 as the most beautiful village in Switzerland while being awarded the Wakker prize. In the afternoon, a mountain hike is recommended. With the cable car starting in Pranzaira, go up to the Albigna dam and follow then an easy mountain path up to the hut where refreshments and nice cake awaits you. Back in the valley, head up to Maloja and, from the Belvedere tower, enjoy a panoramic view of the whole Bregaglia valley. Around the tower, in a natural reserve, ancient glaciers mills wait to be discovered.