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Variety of water sports

Surfing, sailing, kiting, Rafting, Boat trips & Stand-Up Paddling around st. moritz

The magic word is Maloja wind: It is he who lures kiters, surfers and sailers with good reason to the Engadine. Lake Silvaplana (1,800 m) is a well known name in the community. Anybody can participate in the surf marathon "Engadin Wind", but it is mainly the high-end surfing scene that gets together for this event.

Kayakers and canoeists as rafting enthusiasts feel very much at home on the clear lakes and wild rivers of the Engadine. However, even less spectacular water activities such as swimming in the mountain lakes, boat rides and stand-up paddling can be explored in this Swiss holiday region.

swimming in the clear blue lakes

Do you know the best news about the Engadine in the summer? Let us unveal the secret: There are above average sun days per year, which is the best condition for lots of water sport weather and lakes that warm up to 20°C and more.

  • Lake Staz: between St. Moritz and Pontresina
  • Lake Cavloccio (rather cool): Reached after an hour-long hike starting in Maloja
  • Golf lakes along the shores of the Inn: very family-friendly with pic-nic areas, fire places and playgrounds
  • Lej Nair (idyllic): can only be reached on foot, 200 meters below the Hahnensee
  • Lej Marsch (protected from the wind): popular bathing lake near the Olympia ski jump

Stand-Up Paddling for new perspectives

It is no secret that stand-up paddling is a summer activity that has been booming over the last years. But do you know how it came into place? Hawaiian surfing teachers have started some decades ago to paddle on a surfing board into reefs where there are waves in order to reach them quicker from the shores.They were probably totally unaware that this method would become a modern water sport in the summer for an ever growing number of people.

Tip: Swing a paddle early in the morning on one of the Engadine mountain lakes - a truly idyllic sunrise experience!

Boat rides & fishing in the engadine

A boat ride can be a wonderful diversion during a summer holiday which can be a delight for families, couples and groups of friends. The Engadine Lakes, which present themselves in shades of turquoise to emerald green make the happiness on water perfect: they radiate peace and have a slowing down effect. A boat trip, by pedalo, rowing or motor boat gives a totally new perspective on the surrounding landscape. How about a little pic-nic on board?

Not only sailors but fishermen as well enjoy the Engadine waters. Creeks, glacier rivers, bays - a unique water world with an abundance of fish awaits the experienced fishermen, hobby and trainee anglers.

Sailing, windsurfing & Kiting

Sailing and wind surf regattas are a fixture of the Engadine summers. That they can take place when elsewhere nothing goes is due to the legendary Maloja wind with wind forces of  3–6 Beaufort at 1.800 meter altitudes. For real fans the Swiss, European and in some cases world championships on the Lake Silvaplana and the Lake of St. Moritz are absolute event highlights.

The High Engadine is an established hot spot for wind surfers. Professionals and  advanced sportmen know that they have to go to the Lake Silvaplana. Families and beginners should try Sils as beginners destination. In the morning, the surroundings are beautifully reflected in the Lake Silvaplana without even a ripple in the water and one could do an extra round of stand-up paddling. Then at lunchtime, the Maloja wind awakes and lets the colourful "drakes" dance across the lake. 

Good to know: There is a fee payable for setting up the kites on the meadow next to the lake!

River rafting in Engadin

Rafting and kayak enthusiasts from all over the world visit Graubünden to enjoy the wide variety of white-water, from pumping class IV-V rapids to scenic floating trips.

The region of St. Moritz, Pontresina and Zernez is also famous for its ancient villages and picturesque landscape. Enjoy a very special sightseeing tour through the Swiss Alps from the rafting boat!

More information you'll find at Engadin Outdoor Center


"He who jumps into cold water, dives into a sea full of possibilities." – Finnish proverb

Beautiful landscapes with lakes

Various water action in the Engadine

Exercise your favourite water sport or learn new entertainments, which can refresh you on a hot summer's day and can be great tun!