Monday, February 08, 2010

Wanderweg and Mountain Converge




Wanderweg is the German word for walking path. A winter wanderweg, (it should go without saying), is a winter walking path.

Some of these winter wanderwegs existed centuries ago as a means to connect one alpine hamlet to another. Only recently, however, have they become popular with the outdoor recreation crowd. New trails pop up each year, and their popularity continues to grow by leaps and bounds.

One of the most established, and fascinatingly intricate, of these trail systems lies in the Engadine Valley of southeastern Switzerland. Winter hikers abound in this secluded corner of the Alps, and for good reason; The winter wanderwegs of the Engadine are expertly maintained, well signposted, and they link atmospheric accommodations.

Our Winter Engadine Holiday uses these winter hiking trails to connect family-run inns across the region. Peter Walker just returned from his own version of our popular winter tour and he offered to share a few photos. We'll post a few during the course of the upcoming week. Enjoy.


Top Image: Leading the way. Winter hiking paths are well signposted in the Engadine.
Bottom Image: Wanderweg and mountain converge as a tiny hamlet of chalets huddles cozily in the distance.
Both by Peter Walker

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