Maloja and Isola, the entrance to the Engadine
A family-friendly place
On the one side, you see Engadin Valley's beautiful larch forests and lakes and, on the other side, the Maloja Pass leads steeply down through the majestic granite cliffs of Bregaglia Valley. In between, lies the 1815 meter-high (5955 ft.) family-friendly alpine village of Maloja. In earlier days, Maloja was just a pasture for Bregaglian shepards. In the 19th century, a Belgian count decided to build a luxury hotel in Maloja. The imposing building on the shores of the Silser Lake still stands out in the mountainous landscape of Maloja. In 1882, the Count de Renesse also commissioned the construction of the Belvedere Tower. During the summer, the Tower hosts different exhibitions. From the Tower visitors can also enjoy a breathtaking view.Next to the Tower, are thousand-year old glacial mills carved into the rocks by ancient glaciers. The special light, snow-capped mountains, lakes and woods have not only attracted hikers and skiers, but they have also inspired various artists, such as the painter Giovanni Segantini, who spent the last years of his life painting in Maloja. The Segantini Path begins behind his atelier and continues down to the little village cemetery, where the family grave is located.Along the right side of the Maloja Pass, with its 14 hairpin turns, is the Malögin Trail, an old Roman road. Certain stones along the trail still show wagon wheel ruts. On the trail to Cavloc Lake, there is an adventure circuit for families to enjoy.