Autumn may be just around the corner but there are still plenty of events to keep visitors to the Engadine valley entertained right up until the middle of October.
For sporty types, there are numerous competitions in which to either participate or simply spectate. The Swiss Irontrail takes place over the weekend of 9 to 11 August; the longest and toughest trail starts from Pontresina and incorporates stunning mountain scenery as well as covering 201kms (approx 125 miles) of rocky terrain over three days – definitely not one for the feint-hearted!
The following week, from 14 to 18 August, the spectacular windsurfing and kite-surfing regatta called Engadinwind 2013 will be held on Lake Silvaplana, as will the Engadine windsurfing marathon, the largest and most traditional event of its type. The active may wish to take part, but – on account of the brightly coloured sails and the acrobatic nature of this sport – Engadinwind is equally enjoyable for the audience sitting lake-side.
The 12th Nationalpark Bike Marathon, giving mountain bikers a unique perspective of Switzerland’s only national park, as well as that of the Italian Stelvio, is scheduled for 31 August.
For cultural visitors to the Engadine, the ever-popular Festival da Jazz continues till 11 August, with free Round Midnight Concerts taking place in the legendary Sunny Bar of the Kulm Hotel St. Moritz, swiftly followed by the 17th Celerina New Orleans Jazz Festival, which takes place over the weekend of 23 to 25 August.
For those keen on the visual arts, the St. Moritz Art Masters from 23 August to 1 September is a “Walk of Art” that links various exhibition venues in and around the resort, including the Kulm Hotel St. Moritz, with art by regional, national and international artists, particularly Chinese this year, on display. Guided tours take place daily and there will be a series of talks co-led by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director of the Serpentine Gallery in London.
From 10 to 13 October, visitors can enjoy the magnificent colours of the Engadine’s autumn leaves during the day and the dulcet tones of some great singers in the relaxed ambience of Pontresina in the evening during Voices on Top, which includes private concerts at Grand Hotel Kronenhof. This year, Irish pop star Sinéad O’Connor tops the bill, alongside well-known Swiss act 77 Bombay Street, a family “boy” band and winner of a national talent contest.
Finally, St. Moritz has a treat in store for car enthusiasts, with the second staging of Passione Engadina, a meeting of vintage Italian motors dating to 1983, over the weekend of 23 to 25 August, when many of the cars and their drivers will be in residence at the Kulm Hotel St. Moritz. The guest of honour at this year’s event is Lamborghini, which is celebrating its 50th birthday in 2013. Taking part in the races will be a rare Lamborghini Miura Targa, one of the fastest road cars ever created.
To enjoy the Pontresina-based events, stay at Grand Hotel Kronenhof (www.kronenhof.com); rates start from CHF460 (approx £315) per night for two people sharing a double room including half-board. Reservations can be made by phone on +41 81 830 3030 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To enjoy the St. Moritz-based events, stay at the Kulm Hotel St. Moritz (www.kulm.com); rates start at CHF525 (approx £360) per night for two people sharing a double room including half-board. Reservations can be made by phone +41 (0) 81 836 80 00 or via email email@example.com.