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Tarasp - Lai Nair - Sparsels - Tarasp

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From the Tarasp-Fontana Post-Bus stop we travel onwards in a southwesterly direction past the Hotel Tarasp and up to the left, slightly rising, into the airy larch wood. A comfortable path takes us, constantly ascending, to the top and the flat ground which is covered by high moorland. At the southern edge of this moor, we hike through a larch grove on level ground in the direction of Lai Nair.

This latter is a typical moorland lake, flat, dark and with silted banks. On the east side of the lake there is a little hill which provides many really beautiful picnic and resting places. Also wonderful here is the view up the Engadin and across to Piz Minschun and Piz Champatsch. We now walk past the lake up onto the path that goes to the north of the lake, and we follow the signpost pointing the way down to Tarasp and Vulpera. After a short time we come onto a side road. This leads from Tarasp to Avrona. In Avrona there is a well-known anthroposophical (Waldorf) boarding school and a pretty little restaurant – not long ago it closed, unfortunately. It is not yet known when it will reopen.

We follow the side road in the direction of Tarasp as far as the edge of the wood. The shortest and most comfortable version of this hike brings us further along this road to Tarasp. After a short time, we turn off to the right, however, and go across to the hamlet of Sparsels. Here we will find typical handsome Engadin houses, and here also guided tours to Tarasp Castle begin. This mighty castle looms over the houses of Sparsels.

A steeper and longer version of the route brings us from the signpost at the edge of the wood down to Vulpera. From here we can take the Post-Bus to the train station at Scuol, or else we can hike on further to Scuol.
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Updated: September 14, 2011

Highest point
1578 m
Lowest point
1404 m
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Tarasp: Castle Schloss Tarasp was built in the 11th century by Ulrich I. He came originally from the Vintschgau in Tirol. After Ulrich V of Tarasp had entered a monastery without having issue, the castle came into the possession of the lords of Reichenberg. Then, through a forced exchange, the Counts of Matsch became owners of the castle. In 1464 Ulrich IX von Matsch sold the castle to Duke Sigmund of Austria. The rule of the Matsch lords was a turbulent and difficult time, because there was an ongoing dispute about the border lands of the Lower Engadin. Yet the lords of Matsch maintained the castle well. Already at that period, the fortress had about the same structure that it has today.

The Austrians only concerned themselves with the outward fortifications of the castle. For centuries the peasants of the Lower Engadin and the Austrian occupants of the castle fought back and forth in bloody engagements.

Disputed during the local upheavals attendant on the Thirty Years' War and twice struck by lightning, the castle gradually fell into a state of disrepair. The princes of Dietrichstein undertook extensive renovations 1714-1716. Following a decision by Napoleon Bonaparte, Tarasp was assigned to the Helvetic Republic in 1803. But the Canton of Grisons did not have the resources to prevent the castle from falling into ruin.

In 1900 the German industrialist Karl August Lingner bought the castle. With profound knowledge and respect for tradition, he rebuilt the place. Today it is the property of the Tarasp Castle Foundation in Tarasp. This association maintains the impressive building in an excellent way.

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Tarasp - Lai Nair - Sparsels - Tarasp


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Public transport

Getting there and back: By rail to and from Scuol. From there by Post-Bus to and from Tarasp.


46.777318, 10.260542
46°46'38.3"N 10°15'38.0"E
32T 596230 5181190
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Martin Staub 
March 27, 2017 · Community
Sehr schöne kleine Runde! Vor allem der zweite Teil in Richtung Schwarzsee durch einen märchenhaften Wald ist wunderschön. Der Frühling erwacht!
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Helena Geri
July 17, 2016 · Community
Eine sehr schöne Wanderung. Ich habe viele Fotos gemacht.
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Done at July 14, 2016
Start in Tarasp Fontana
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Weg zu Avrona
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In Avrona
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Lai Nair
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Tarasp Fontana
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Simba Fidel
July 30, 2015 · Community
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