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. Go on a trekking tour with goats
Goats are among the oldest pets in the world. Starting this summer, the Grand Hotel Kronenhof offers trekking tours with these friendly animals. Why not hike through the beautiful Upper Engadine nature, enjoy the company of the goats and maybe even treat yourself to a picnic? Fun for the whole family!
2. Heal from within with the mental coach
There is no standard recipe for satisfaction and success. Our «mental coach» Thomas Theurillat, a renowned psychologist and certified mountain guide is aware of this too. Everyone is different and has a unique story to tell; subsequently coaching methods are tailored to suit your needs. Whether you prefer going on a walk, or an evening by the fireplace: an individually designed programme can help achieve the basis for concrete solutions to your challenges.
3. View Engadine from above while paragliding
Fly like a bird through the sky! Since the beginning of time, this has been a dream for many. Even without prior experience, you can make this dream come true together with a professional tandem pilot. Starting position, time of flight as well as duration and location are decided by the passenger and the pilot.
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. Admire the Alpine ibex in the wild
Below Piz Albris you will find one of the largest alpine ibex colonies in the Alps. Around 1,800 ibex feel at home in the mountains around Pontresina. In spring and autumn, when the mountain peaks are already covered with snow, the majestic animal of the canton of Grisons makes it way down the mountain, which is a splendid opportunity to meet this stately animal.
6. Go for a ride on the Bernina Express in an open observation carriage
Feel the wind in your hair as you follow the tracks of the Rhaetian Railway. The open-air wagon takes you over viaducts and through tunnels of the UNESCO World Heritage route. What is missing? Only the windows and a heater.
7. 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.
8. 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!
9. Climb the Piz Palü
How would it feel to stand on one of the highest peaks of the Eastern Alps? Find out by climbing the the Piz Palü and make memories that will last a lifetime. Climb rocks, cross over bridges of snow and ice, balance over narrow ridges and step by step you will be closer to your goal. Once you reach the peak, it will all be worth it!
10. Explore the Kulm Hotel St. Moritz
Eight restaurants, a 4000m2 spa area, endless indulgence and boundless relaxation: With the offer for dine-around and spa-around the two luxury properties Grand Hotel Kronenhof and Kulm Hotel St. Moritz, we take you on a spa and culinary journey through the Upper Engadin.
7 winter tips for your time 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. Early Bird Skiing Sessions
From 27 December, every Wednesday morning from 7.40 h, Early Bird Skiing Sessions exclusively for Kulm and Kronenhof guest - enjoy pristine slpoes 1 hour before the offcial opening of the pists on Diavolezza.
3. Night-skiing on the Corvatsch
During the Corvatsch Snow Night, which is every winter night from 19.00 to 2.00 h, 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
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.