Celerina/Schlarigna

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Celerina/Schlarigna is a municipality in the Maloggia district in the Swiss canton of Graubünden. Known for its picturesque landscapes and historical significance, Celerina/Schlarigna is a popular destination for tourists seeking both winter sports and summer activities. The municipality is situated in the Upper Engadin valley, offering stunning views of the surrounding Alps and providing a gateway to the nearby Bernina Range.

Geography[edit | edit source]

Celerina/Schlarigna covers an area of approximately 24 square kilometers, with a landscape characterized by its alpine terrain, including forests, rivers, and mountain peaks. The municipality is neighbored by the towns of St. Moritz, Pontresina, and Samedan, making it a central location for exploring the Engadin valley. The region's elevation varies, with the highest point reaching over 3,000 meters above sea level, providing excellent conditions for skiing and snowboarding in the winter.

History[edit | edit source]

The history of Celerina/Schlarigna dates back to the early Middle Ages, with archaeological findings indicating the presence of settlements as early as the 12th century. The area was historically significant for its strategic location along trade routes through the Alps. Over the centuries, Celerina/Schlarigna has maintained its cultural heritage, with traditional Engadin architecture and customs still prevalent in the community.

Culture[edit | edit source]

Celerina/Schlarigna is home to a rich cultural scene, with numerous events and festivals taking place throughout the year. The municipality is known for its traditional Engadin houses, characterized by their sgraffito decorations. The local language is Romansh, although German and Italian are also widely spoken. Cultural highlights include the annual Bob and Skeleton World Cup races at the nearby Olympia Bob Run and the summer music festival held in the historic San Gian Church.

Tourism[edit | edit source]

Tourism plays a vital role in the economy of Celerina/Schlarigna, with the region offering a wide range of activities for visitors. In the winter, the focus is on skiing, snowboarding, and other snow sports, with access to the extensive Engadin St. Moritz ski area. Summer activities include hiking, mountain biking, and exploring the natural beauty of the Engadin valley. The municipality also boasts several hotels, restaurants, and shops catering to tourists.

Transport[edit | edit source]

Celerina/Schlarigna is well-connected by public transport, with regular train services from the Rhaetian Railway (RhB) providing access to other towns in the region and beyond. The municipality also lies close to the Engadin Airport in Samedan, offering flights to select destinations.

Education[edit | edit source]

The municipality places a strong emphasis on education, with facilities for both primary and secondary schooling available. Additionally, there are opportunities for language learning, particularly in Romansh and German, reflecting the linguistic diversity of the region.

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