Welcome to the Swiss capital of winter sports and alpine glamour: St. Moritz. Located on the hills of Upper Engadine, St. Moritz is famous for its breathtaking views and fantastic hiking possibilities. Let yourself be drawn to the natural beauty of the St. Moritz valley and explore the area with our 3 suggestions for the best day hikes in St. Moritz.
1. Corvatsch Panorama Trail
This trail treats hikers to panoramic views of the Engadin Valley, its shimmering lakes, and the majestic peaks that frame the horizon. Starting at the middle station of Corvatsch cable car, called Murtel, this panorama trail leads up and down for 6km (3,4 miles) high above the Silvaplana lake. With moderate difficulty and approximately 2-3 hours to complete, this hike is perfect for those seeking breathtaking views without an overly strenuous journey.
- Cable car ride up to Murtel
- Views of Silvaplana lake and the Engadine valley
- Moderate hike fit for sure-footed hikers
2. Muottas Muragl to Alp Languard
This stunning hike involves a ride with an old funicular from Pontresina to Muottas Muragl, a fantastic view point on the Bernina Alps. You can start with a small snack or a drink at the terrace of the Romantik Hotel in Muottas Muragl, before emabarking on your hike. This hike is approximately 6 miles long with elevation gain of 1,200 ft, and takes about 4 hours to complete.
- Views of Bernina Alps, including Morteratsch Glacier
- Views of the Pontresina Valley
- A ride with an old funicular
- Panoramic terrace of the Muottas Muragl hotel
3. Morteratsch Glacier Walk
Located approximately 30 minute-ride from St. Moritz, Morteratsch is home to the biggest glacier in Bernina Alps. Its stunning silhouette can be admired from the Diavolezza vantage point but those who want to come closer to the glacier, should choose this easy and accessible walking path. Approximately 2,5 mile-long wide path leads to the tongue of the glacier, which feeds the river flowing through the valley. A circular trail will leads you close enough to the glacier so you can admire its structure – beware though, touching the glacier is dangerous.
- Accessible to strollers and wheelchairs
- Close-up view of the glacier
- Beautiful larch trees turning golden in late fall
Planning Your Hiking Adventure
To make the most of your hiking adventure in St. Moritz, consider the following:
- Seasonal Considerations: The best times to hike in St. Moritz are typically from late spring to early autumn when the weather is milder, and trails are more accessible. We do not recommend hiking early in the spring as the thawing snow patches can be dangerous.
- Gear Essentials: Pack essentials like sturdy hiking boots, weather-appropriate clothing, sunscreen, water, snacks, a map or GPS device, and a first aid kit. If you’d like to have a complete list what to pack for hiking in Swiss Alps, we’ve got you.
- Transport and Logistics: Access trailheads easily from St. Moritz by public transport. Often hotel offer free public transport passes as part of your booking. Make the best of it by using local trains, gondolas and funiculars.
Responsible Hiking and Safety Tips
Respect for nature and safety are paramount while hiking. Always inform someone about your hiking plans and carry emergency contacts with you. Pack according to the weather conditions, carry additional warm layer and plenty of water. Remember to adhere to Leave-No-Trace principles: do not walk away from the trail, do not litter and carry everything you brought with you back to the valley. Do not make nose and heed local guidelines for wildlife encounters.
Best Day Hikes In St. Moritz
With its diverse range of hiking trails, St. Moritz invites you to explore the beauty of the Swiss Alps firsthand. Embark on these day hikes to witness the splendor of nature, breathe in the crisp mountain air, and create unforgettable memories amidst the stunning landscapes.
If you wish to explore St. Moritz with a local knowledgeable guide, book our private guided day hike in St. Moritz. Your guide will meet you at the hotel and lead you to an unforgettable adventure in the Bernina Alps. For details, click below.
So, lace up your hiking boots, grab your backpack, and venture into the enchanting world of alpine wonders that await in St. Moritz.