New England may be famous for the brilliance of its autumn foliage, but it’s not essential to cross the Atlantic to enjoy this annual phenomenon. Switzerland’s Engadine, protected by high Alpine mountains on all sides, is heavily wooded, as well as being famous for its sunny climate and beautiful landscapes (Engadine in local Romantsch dialect means The Garden of the Inn River, as the valley is a veritable treasure trove of greenery), making it the perfect European destination to witness autumn colours set
against clear blue skies.
Visits to the Engadine at this time of year are particularly popular among hikers and artists; the light in the valley is so magical it led the 19th century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche to believe that he had found “the cradle of all silver tones”. But for those who want to get out on the road and explore, guests of Grand Hotel Kronenhof, Pontresina can take out the hotel’s brand new Audi A3 convertible, which is available for all to use free of charge; the hotel simply asks that guests re-fill the car’s tank prior to return.
Grand Hotel Kronenhof’s autumn foliage package, offered until 15 October, includes dinner, bed and breakfast, complimentary use of the hotel’s stunning spa facilities, a 10% discount on spa treatments and unlimited use of all the mountain railways in the Engadine/St Moritz area. Prices start from CHF 415 (approx £315) per night for two people sharing a beautiful double room; guests must stay a minimum of two nights.
For more details and to book, please visit the Grand Hotel Kronenhof website www.kronenhof.com.