"Hiking in Switzerland" Basel Off The Beaten Path Tip by thinking

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Kur- und Verkehrsverein
7513 Silvaplana
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  Picturesque Lake Sils
The lake region of the Upper Engadine is one of the most unforgettable areas of Switzerland. This high plateau is dotted with sparkling lakes and ancient villages that are built in the unmistakable local architecture. Forests of fir trees and hiking trails perched on the mountain side make this a high quality hiking destination. The loop around Lake Sils especially showcases the region's attractiveness and diversity.
The loop around Lake Sils begins in the village of Sils-Maria, once summer home and inspiration to Nietzsche. After 100 meters, the route branches off to Sils -Baselgia. Here, the trail ascends to a mountain trail that leads all the way to Maloja. Be sure to take a look at the azure lake deep down in the valley from both Grevasalvas and Plan dil Zoch. Don't hike all the way to Maloja but just short of it turn to follow the lakeshore down in the valley. Halfway, you will spy Isola, in its rather isolated position on the delta of the nearby mountain stream.
Starting point: Bus station Sils-Maria Post.
Destination: Sils-Maria Post.
The historic center of Sils-Maria is worth a detour.
Walking time: 4 h 50 min
Season: June through October
Altitude difference/Condition: 360 m / Intermediate to difficult
Place to eat: Sils-Maria, Sils-Baselgia, Maloja, Isola
Hiking map:
Hiking map SAW Julierpass 1:50'000

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  • Written Jul 22, 2004
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