Discover Germany, Issue 40, July 2016

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Discover Germany | Special Theme | Best of Grisons

Hotel Berninahaus – The place for a varied and historic getaway At the Hotel Berninahaus, located right in the middle of the Swiss Engadin region, both relaxed and sporty holidaymakers can enjoy a cosy family atmosphere. TEXT: INA FRANK | PHOTOS: GASTHAUS & HOTEL BERNINAHAUS

The Bernina houses were built in 1515 and guests can still sense this historic ambiance, as the buildings distinguish themselves by the old beds, living rooms and thick walls. Also, photos of past decades are displayed in the house. The impressive natural scenery around the hotel can be discovered in many ways. Walking along the well-developed net of

hiking paths, one can get from 2,000 up to 3,000 metres and marvel at the many glaciers. The Hotel Berninahaus is also a good starting point for high alpine mountain bike tours and hotel guests can also use the mountain railway for free. “In the region around our hotel, one has the choice between strolling and simply enjoying the summer or high alpine

Take a break – Swiss style Looking for a real Swiss experience, complete with hiking in the mountains, a tasty traditional meal and a course in yodelling? Look no further than Walserhuus Sertig – a typically Swiss, family-owned guesthouse at the foot of the Mittaghorn, Plattenflue and Hoch Ducan mountains. TEXT: SONJA IRANI I PHOTOS: WALSERHUUS SERTIG

“The mountain landscape of Graubünden offers something for everyone all year round,” says hotel and restaurant manager Joos Biäsch-Conrad. “In the winter, many of our guests choose our hotel as their starting point for ski tours or take the free bus to the nearby skiing slopes. In the summertime, there are many hiking trails and a beautiful waterfall just a 15-minute walk away.” If you like to experience the region the way the locals have for centuries, take a horse-drawn carriage to nearby Davos, the highest town in Europe. To immerse yourself fully into the Swiss way of living, Walserhuus Sertig offers a range of classes in which you can learn hair braiding techniques, how to 62 | Issue 40 | July 2016

play the accordion or even how to yodel. Families with kids have fun exploring the hotel’s playground, zoo and doll house while business people relax with a dip into the pool on their terrace. Finally, a typical Swiss experience would not be one without the food. “In our rustic restaurant, we offer seasonal specialties from the region,” says Biäsch. “On four weekends during September and October, we serve our popular game buffet. Plus, every Sunday in summer, guests can enjoy our special farmer’s breakfast, which is already included in the room rate.”

sports, like climbing,” Elisabeth and Xavier Christen, the innkeepers, say. After an exciting day outside, one can recharge the batteries by enjoying traditional local dishes made of buckwheat, savoy cabbage or game. Business travellers are welcome at Hotel Berninahaus too. Next to the modern conference room a varied social programme is offered, like visiting a cheese dairy or taking a ride in a horsedrawn carriage.

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