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  • Graubünden: Pontresina

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    Finally got myself to Graubünden in autumn and oh boy it’s great. Not just for hiking, but also for biking and skinny dipping and cross-country skiing in winter etc. I really see the potential and understand the hype.

    Last Friday, on my last weekend of the season in Switzerland (where did the summer and autumn go?) I took the train to Pontresina (or Puntraschigna as it goes in romansch, 1805m), past Chur etc. (tip: SBB supersaver day pass). Since it’s been a great indian summer in here I just had to use the last chance and go, even though going to Graubünden for days is way better idea than my few hours. (Take a note).

    Nevertheless, when I finally arrived in Pontresina, I did a little and I really mean little hike up to the direction of Piz Languard, then to the right to Paradis – with the amazing view to Piz Bernina (4047m ) and Morteratsch glacier – and back down.

    I’ve had bit of a flu and overtrained leg, so no big adventures lately and this one wasn’t an exception. Therefore, can recommend this tour to kids and more into easy hikes kind of people as well (or well, cocktail hikes, see the signposts) – and there’s also possibility to take the lift up and/or down to Alp Languard.

    My little day tour in here, about 13km and 700m up and 700 down, 4h).

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    Where: Pontresina 

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  • Glaciers

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    Where: Oberer Grindelwaldgletscher & Glacier de Cheilon, Switzerland

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  • And Then We Take Konstanz

    Tiina Kivelä

    In Lapland, I go to Sweden (about 3h drive from Rovaniemi) for IKEA and Swedish supermarkets like ICA. And get a bit confused with the time difference (1h) and that there’s no border control or so.

    In Eastern-Switzerland, I go to Germany (appr. 40min by train or 30km by bike) for Alnatura and german prices. Sometimes. And get a bit confused by Deutsche Bahn and no time difference.

    And for no big mountain adventures lately, here’s a few pics of the cute old town of Konstanz. Because while no mountains, I can at least brag by going abroad.

    If you are going and need tips, then check all the bio and organic supermarket and restaurant options (including wine and skin care). And be careful with the trains if your trip has anything to do with german trains on your way there – and for the confusion, if you’re coming from the Swiss side, I highly suggest you come biking or stop with the train stop in Kreuzlingen Hafen (and get out) and cross the border by foot. There goes a nice path close the Bodensee.

    And this time of the year, the Swiss side of Bodensee is very nice for a proper Sunday (granny) bike trip, with all the appletrees and pumpkin direct sales and grispy autumn air.

    Oh and in June, every year, they have this huge 9km secondhand row over the border, in Kreuzlingen (the Swiss side town) and Konstanz (the German one). Apparently it’s bit of a madness, but not as mad as Octoberfest. Though I have never been to the latter one, so what do I know.

    Anyone want to invite me some year? I guess I’m too late for this year already…

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    Where: Konstanz, Germany