Friedrich Nietzsche, Hermann Hesse, Thomas Mann, Rainer Maria Rilke, Ferdinand Hodler, Richard Wagner, Giovanni Segantini. What reads like a "Who’s Who" of leading writers, philosophers and artists of times past is also a list of travellers who came to love the Engadin. Where all sought and found recuperation and recovery, diversion and artistic inspiration as well as sporting and Alpine challenges.

Nietzsche House in Sils Maria, now a museum.

Today the Engadin is Graubunden’s cultural epicentre. Thanks to the Romansch language, the proximity to Italy and the majority of the local population being German speaking, three cultural regions converge here. Small but select galleries and museums show exceptional works of art from both inside and outside Switzerland. Chamber orchestras, UNESCO World Heritage sites, traditional customs such as Schlitteda (festive sleigh rides) and Chalandamarz (1 March children’s festival) as well as many top-class art events have further established the reputation of St. Moritz as a cultural metropolis.

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