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65: Inn Bike Trail, Partial Stage Guarda – Martina

Long distance cycling · Scuol Samnaun Val Müstair · closed
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Panoramic drive through authentic Engadine villages such as Guarda, Ardez and Sent as well as a detour to the mineral water village of Scuol. From Sent the route follows the picturesque Inn River to the border in Martina.

This route passes through an inaccessible area and is therefore closed. Current information

closed
moderate
Distance 36.6 km
2:45 h
335 m
966 m
1,669 m
1,036 m
The tour starts in the terraced village of Guarda, which is popular for its well-preserved townscape and the Schellen-Ursli story. After crossing the hamlet of Bos-cha, a welcome descent to Ardez follows to the next showcase Engadine village at the foot of the Steinsberg castle ruins.

The route continues along the old main road with constant views of the Lower Engadine Dolomites and up to Tarasp Castle until you reach the next sunny village, Ftan. The over 400-year-old mill on the edge of the village is still in operation and can be visited by appointment.

After the descent (about 400 metres in elevation) you reach the Lower Engadine capital of Scuol with its mineral water fountains. After passing through the two authentic villages of Scuol Sura and Scuol Sot, the trail continues along the eastern end of the village to the Inn River via Sur En and Strada to Martina. Between Scuol and the border crossing in Martina you will be rewarded by vistas of Sent and Ramosch with its castle ruin Tschanüff as well as of the highly elevated village of Tschlin and the hamlets Strada, Chaflur, San Niclà and Sclamischot.

Author’s recommendation

Guarda and Ardez are the best preserved villages in the Lower Engadine. Old Engadine houses with their sgraffito decorations give both villages their character. Guarda, situated on a sunny terrace, with its «Schellen-Ursli» story, was awarded the Henri Louis Wakker Prize in 1975 for its intact village image. Ardez with the Steinsberg ruins is under European historic preservation.

Regular guided village tours are offered in both villages, as well as in Sent, Ramosch or Scuol.

The Engadin Scuol holiday region, nestled between the striking Silvretta peaks and the Engadine Dolomites, has preserved its cultural values and unspoilt nature. Whether hiking in the nearby Swiss National Park, rafting on the Inn River or playing golf – the region offers many possibilities. A visit to the Engadine Baths Scuol with its indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, steam bath and Roman-Irish bath provides a relaxing break during the bike tour. A walk through the two preserved parts of the village reflects the culture of the main village with its typical Engadine houses and mineral water fountains. Sent, famous for its baroque gables – «Senter Giebel» – has also retained its charm. Tarasp and Vulpera are situated in a slightly elevated, open location on the other side of the valley. Tarasp Castle, built in 1040, is visible from afar throughout the valley. The landmark of the Lower Engadine can be visited daily by guided tour.

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Update: May 24, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,669 m
Lowest point
1,036 m
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Track types

Asphalt 7.49%Forested/wild trail 36.02%Road 56.47%
Asphalt
2.7 km
Forested/wild trail
13.2 km
Road
20.7 km
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Safety information

The tour was assessed in favourable weather conditions, current weather conditions and weather forecasts must be compulsorily observed before starting the tour.

This tour requires a certain level of riding safety, balance and technical riding skills.

 

Emergency call:

144 Emergency call, first aid

1414 Mountain rescue REGA

112 International emergency call

 

Show consideration when crossing and overtaking hikers.

Most of the mountain bike routes in Graubünden run on single trails that are also signposted as hiking trails. Hikers always have the right of way.

Tips and hints

Start

PostAuto-Haltestelle Guarda, cumün (1,654 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'807'280E 1'184'067N
DD
46.775502, 10.153153
DMS
46°46'31.8"N 10°09'11.4"E
UTM
32T 588035 5180862
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Destination

PostAuto-Haltestelle Martina, cunfin

Turn-by-turn directions

From Guarda to Bos-cha

Cross the hamlet

Descent to Ardez

On the old main road to Ftan

Departure to Scuol

At the eastern end of the village to the Inn

Along the Inn to Sur En, Strada and Martina

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

  • With the Rhaetian Railway (from Chur, Landquart/Prättigau or Upper Engadine) hourly to Guarda station.
  • Several times daily PostBus connection to Guarda station, cumün

Getting there

  • From the north: via Landquart - Klosters by car transport through the Vereina Tunnel (Selfranga - Sagliains) or via the Flüela Pass into the Lower Engadine on H27.
  • From the east: via Landeck / Austria in the direction of St. Moritz on H27
  • From the south: via Reschenpass (Nauders-Martina) or Ofenpass (Val Müstair-Zernez) on H27
  • Guarda can be reached in 5 minutes by car from the Engadin road H27 at Giarsun.

Parking

  • Paid parking at the entrance to Guarda village (Guarda is car-free)
  • Paid parking at Guarda railway station

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'807'280E 1'184'067N
DD
46.775502, 10.153153
DMS
46°46'31.8"N 10°09'11.4"E
UTM
32T 588035 5180862
w3w 
///originals.prepares.abandons
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Equipment

Helmet, gloves, good shoes, glasses, rain and sun protection, water bottle, repair kit, first aid kit

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Status
closed
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
36.6 km
Duration
2:45 h
Ascent
335 m
Descent
966 m
Highest point
1,669 m
Lowest point
1,036 m
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