Maloja and Isola, the entrance to the Engadine
Gateway to the Engadine
On the border to the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland, an uncomplicated atmosphere, the spirit of famous painters, the nature and culture of a mountain pass landscape are appreciated. On one side you look out over the Engadine with its larch forests and lakes, on the other the Maloja Pass leads steeply down into Val Bregaglia between majestic granite rocks.
The fascinating play of light and shadow has always attracted various artists. Giovanni Segantini chose Maloja as his last home and subject for many nature paintings. Giovanni Giacometti, the father of Alberto Giacometti, also worked here. Their spirit still inspires today to exhibitions, readings and concerts in the Belvedere Tower or in the Chiesa Bianca.
Maloja - in summer
The pass village on the border of the primeval Bergell is popular with hikers, art lovers and families. The Sentiero Segantini invites you to get to know the life of Giovanni Segantini in Maloja. On the smugglers' path "Capel" you can explore the world of smugglers in a wonderful landscape, from the Kukuk playground every child is overwhelmed and the Cavloccio Lake at 1907 metres above sea level invites you for a swim.
Maloja - in winter
As the starting point of the Engadin Skimarathon, Maloja is the Mecca of cross-country skiing. The 20 kilometres of paradisiacal trails around Maloja are the perfect training ground for the 42-kilometre course of this world-famous cross-country skiing race. The ski lift Aela and the pony lift are familiar, cosy and sunny. The new snowtubing facility is also located here - over a length of 90 metres, children can whizz down the slope with a rubber tyre. All far away from the hustle and bustle.
The hamlet of Isola
If you take the cantonal road from Maloja towards Sils Maria, on the other side of Lake Sils you will see the small, idyllic and picturesque village of Isola. Isola is the last fraction of the Bergell before the Engadine and is an hour's walk from Maloja and Sils Maria. In former times Isola was an alp and mostly inhabited only in summer. The farmers of Stampa and Borgonovo brought their animals to the pastures here. Nowadays Isola is a popular destination for those who want to relax.