Helen Palmer (nice_cup_of_tea) wrote,
Helen Palmer

Autumn break in Scuol, Unter Engadin (Part 2)

Now that I’ve bored you, dear listener with the history and culture of Scuol, let me just rave about how beautiful it is! It has mountains on both sides of the valley. The air is so clear, and the strong mountain sunlight throws vivid shadows on the mountainside.

We arrived Thursday afternoon and took a wander round the village, taking lots of photos! The evening sun is quite extroadinary, the peaks of the mountains are bathed in a golden light. On Friday we wanted to take the cable car up the mountain and walk from there, however the cable car was closed. Instead we walked down the valley to the next village of Sent and when we got there we wanted to walk a bit further, so we got to the next village of Ramotsch. The footpaths are clearly signposted, and we walked along the moutainside, as well as through villages, and through pine forests. Wildlife seen? Cows and mountain goats! Total time about 4 hours. After our walk we relaxed our aching legs and feet in the Bogn Engiadina Spa. There were several different pools and jacuzzis; our favourite pool was outside, with a perfect view of the mountains.

We were planning to leave early Saturday morning, but the weather was just too wonderful, so we checked out and then went for another walk. This time we headed the opposite direction out of Scuol. We walked down to the river Em, past the old pump house (Kurhaus Tarasp) and then gradually walked up the mountain side, through pine forests until we’d climbed about 300 metres. At the river level it was frosty and cold, but by the time we reached the higher paths, the sun was strong and bright. We walked to the castle at Tarasp. On the opposite mountain side we saw the viaduct style railway bridge of the Rhiatische Bahn. Total walking time about an hour, and then we got the Post bus back to Scuol, down some alarming steep hairpin bends! Then back on the train to Zurich after a wonderful couple of days in the mountains! Click here for photos
Tags: switzerland, travel

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