The following bucket list gives you an overview of all the things you should not miss during your stay at the Grand Hotel Kronenhof. We hope you have lots of fun enjoying, experiencing, and discovering these places, activities and amusements!
10 Ideas for your stay in Pontresina
1. Glide over a glacier
Skiing on the best-groomed slopes is nice but did you know that Switzerland’s longest glacier slope is on the Diavolezza? The 10 km long slope takes you through a winter wonderland of snow and ice in about 45 minutes. Unlike "smoothed" glacier slopes, this one leads across the Pers and Morteratsch glacier to the end of the glacial tongue. The downhill run is marked yellow on both sides and is secured, but is otherwise an entirely natural slope. That adventure awaits you on the doorstep of our hotel.
2. Have a Gin and Tonic at the Kronenhof Bar
What did the Queen Mother, Winston Churchill and Humphrey Bogart have in common? They were all enthusiastic gin fans. Perhaps you will soon join this exclusive circle; for here, at the Kronenhof Bar, you will find the largest gin selection in the Engadine.
3. Admire Ibex in the wild
Many people have seen the two ibex Gian and Giachen in the Grisons TV commercials. The real animals live in Val Languard, above Pontresina. It is the largest Ibex colony in Switzerland with about 1,600 animals. In the spring, the ibex even dare to come down to the village, where you can observe and admire them without having to climb. Pack your camera and go!
4. Try Canard à la Presse in the Kronenstübli
This classic of French cuisine is something you have to try at least once in your lifetime. In our gourmet restaurant "Kronenstübli" we celebrate "Canard à la Presse" at the tableside with a silver duck press. The duck is first cooked in the oven and roasted in its skin; then pressed in a duck press to make the basis of the unique sauce. The dish originally came from the Tour d'Argent in Paris, the oldest restaurant in France.
5. Ice climbing in the Pontresina Gorge
You do not have to be Reinhold Messner to feel the deep blue ice beneath your fingers and feet. Soaring ice walls with imposing icicles grow every winter just a stone’s throw away from the Grand Hotel Kronenhof in the Pontresina Gorge. Mountain guides water the rocks to produce the ideal ice density and therefore a wider variety of icicles for the climbers. The Bergsteigerschule Pontresina offers ice climbing courses, rental equipment and more.
6. Enjoy a wine tasting in our legendary wine cellar
Ready for a little time travel? The Veltliner wine cellar, established by Lorenz Gredig in 1867, and consisting of a collection of rustic wine barrels, is one of the most beautiful wine cellars in the Engadine. It is also the best place for tasting our fine wines. Viva!
7. Enjoy a game of bowling with friends
Partying and bowling – a great combination. Our bowling alley is also available for hire by external guests. Here we serve popular Swiss specialties such as the classic Fondue Chinoise and savoury Raclette.
8. Night-skiing on the Corvatsch
During the Corvatsch Snow Night, which is every winter night from 7 pm to 2 am, you can ski down the longest lit skiing slope (4.2 km) in Switzerland.
The Murtèl restaurant, located at the middle station, is ideal for a relaxing break from the addictive slopes. After the skiing, people meet in the Hossa Bar, where the party is just getting started.
9. Dine in the Gredig Stübli
In the parlour of the hotel founder family Gredig, everything is still as it once was: a genuine Engadine parlour with an original wall cupboard and stove. Here at the Gredig Stübli, you can experience Grand Hotel cuisine and fine wine culture in a delightful private domestic setting.
10. Skate on our natural ice rink
As a natural ice rink, the hotel ice rink in front of the pavilion has been popular for countless winters (usually until February each year), and certain traditions still surround the skating here. The views from the rink of the Val Roseg and of the surrounding mountain panorama definitely add another dimension to the skating here. Don’t worry if you’ve left your equipment at home – ice skates and curling stones are available free of charge.