Unbelievable but true: At the easternmost part of Switzerland, the world is still as it was at the time of our great-grandparents. 170 square kilometers of untouched nature, in whose development people have not been intervened for nearly 100 years now. Around 100 years ago, visionaries founded the Swiss National Park and created a unique oasis of nature. Their goal was to preserve a piece of pristine wilderness for our posterity in the Engadine.
As visionary as unique was their plan to set up the first National Park in Central Europe in Graubünden. Since 1914 the area is under special protection. People did not even intervene when there was a forest fire in 1951. Today, more than 5000 animal species are living in the Swiss National Park with its entrance in Zernez. Moreover, the flora with more than 650 different flowering plants is remarkably rich.
Hiking in the National Park Zernez
The Swiss National Park with its 80 km of hiking trails is a hiking paradise at its best.
21 different hiking routes offer something for everyone’s taste. In order to experience nature in all its diversity, it is important that you familiarize yourself with our protection regulations in advance.
The Swiss National Park is located at 1400 to 3200 meters above sea level. Different hikes involve different height differences and may lead up to over the tree line.
Sudden weather changes or temperature drops require good preparation (e.g., road conditions, weather) and equipment. These includes hiking boots with a grippy sole, sun und rain protection as well as enough food. Except for the Chamanna Cluozza and the Hotel Parc Naziunal Il Fuorn there are no further rest stops within the entire park area. Please be aware of that there is no fire allowed in the National Park, not even at rest areas.
For wildlife observations, a field bin serves very well. Appropriate instruments can be rent on site (i.e., National Park Center). As a further hint we would like to point out that mobile devices are not working throughout the entire area due to lacks in mobile network.
Would you like an experienced companion? Our guides know the National Park in depth and are happy to join you on your personal expedition. Our trails are not suitable for wheelchairs or prams.