"Poschiavo - Italianita in Switzerland" Poschiavo by german_eagle

Poschiavo Travel Guide: 45 reviews and 140 photos

Poschiavo is a small town in the Italian speaking valley of the same name in southern Graubünden. The population of the town is about 3,500. The valley stretches from the High Alps - Bernina pass and Peak Palü (3,905 m) down to Tirano in Italy where palm trees grow (425 m).

The whole valley is mostly overlooked by tourists. If it wasn't for the famous Bernina train route that goes straight through the Poschiavo valley connecting St. Moritz (Engadine) and Tirano (Valtellina) then it probably wouldn't be on the tourist map at all. The advantage is that you can find a mostly unspoiled, original valley with gorgeous landscape and beautiful small towns.

Poschiavo itself has a lot to offer. After a horrible flood on 18th July 1987 the whole centro storico (borgo) was thoroughly restored and presents one of the most charming and authentic townscapes in (not only) Southern Switzerland.

The rest of the valley is not to be ignored, either, for the tourist looking for unspoiled, rural landscape and mountains. No technical installations for skiing here, no cable cars/gondolas, hardly any asphalt roads to Alps, mountain huts or so as often in Austria or Germany. It's a hiker's paradise. The lake offers recreation after long hikes or sightseeing.

I have been about a half dozen times to the Poschiavo valley but only on my most recent visit in 2011 I explicitly went to the town for exploring the sights in detail. The other visits were for hiking and riding the Bernina train.

I hope you enjoy this page on a fairly unknown but most charming place in Switzerland.

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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jul 5, 2016 at 3:18 AM

    Very impressive Alpine scenery! I don't think I have ever been through here, not even on the train.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2016 at 12:19 AM

    Beautiful landscapes around this town :-) And a nice town as such :-)) Oh my, I miss the mountains......

    • german_eagle's Profile Photo
      Feb 20, 2016 at 1:10 AM

      Thanks for checking out this page, Ingrid. Yep, miss the *real* mountains also :(

  • bugulma's Profile Photo
    Jul 22, 2011 at 2:36 AM

    spanish corner in Switzerland? :-) interesting! :-)

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Jul 16, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    Very good and informative page Ingo.

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Jul 16, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    an interesting page about a place I might visit this summer ! Isnt it interesting to see the various ways to make an ossuary? the one here looks a bit like a "bone-library" !

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Jul 16, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Lovely page! Eman was there too at about the same time.

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Jul 16, 2011 at 8:34 AM

    Great start here. I will be back when this page is finished. We once stayed even overnight in Poschiavo.

  • alza's Profile Photo
    Jul 16, 2011 at 6:47 AM

    Thank you for this page, I've been wanting to go there for years! Beautiful photos and very interesting writing. :)

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