The fortresses of Maloja

A piece of history  


The fortifications of the Middle Ages greet the landscape of the Bregaglia Valley and Engadin. Castelmur, Tarasp, Steinsberg, Guardaval, Spaniola and the Fortezza on its hill above Susch. While hikers on the passes can still make out trenches from 1st World War, all 42 modern fortresses built after 1936 are so well camouflaged that they are hardly ever noticed. Art painters like Hans Erni have painted the artifical rocks in front of the embrasures to be deceptively real, bunkers have been camouflaged as old stables. An attacker should be surprised with fire from safe and unrecognizable positions. And this was to be done unerringly even at nicht and in fog. The rock face at Maloja Pass never had to reveal its secret... The good camouflage and the secrecy of the sites - one plant in Bregaglia and two plants in the Engadin are still secrets - have ensured that residents and friends of the region know very little about the high fortification of Bregaglia Valley and the Engadin.

The tourism project MYTH OF FORTRESS ENGADIN now opens the armored doors of the underground world of the fortresses. 2020 with a fortress week in Maloja and Albula, 2021 the Bernina Fortress and the barriers of Susch and Flüela will be added. Starting in 2022, guided tours and hikers are also planned, which will lead from the Middle Ages to the present. The Bregaglia and the Engadin have a great and still unknown history to tell deep under the rock. 


Guided tours 

7 to 9 August 2021 & 11 to 13 August 2021

3 day package of your choice with 2, 3 or 4 nights, bookable until 2 days before the start.

Flyer of the fortress offer 2021

Day 1 Excursion with visit of the fortress in Maloja
Day 2 Visit to the Ofenpass and Lavin fortresses
Day 3 Visit to the pass fortresses on the Albula and the command bunker of Alvaneu.

CHF 360.- for three guided tours incl. transport (ascent and descent possible in Maloja, St. Moritz, Zernez or La Punt) to the forts, lunch, welcome and goodbye drink, small gift
CHF 120.- for a day excursion (only bookable if there are free places, one day before the guided tour)

Hotel offers bed / breakfast:
Schweizerhaus Maloja
Prices per prerson and night, August 2021
in single room CHF 190.-, in double room CHF 150.-
Prices per person and night, October 2021
in single room CHF 170.-, in double room CHF 125.-

Maloja Kulm
Prices per person and night, August 2021
in single room CHF 160.-, in double room CHF 125.-
Prices per person and night, October 2021
in single room CHF 140.-, in double room 100.-

Half board on request, CHF 4.- per person / day

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