In summer 2014, the Smuggler Interpretative Trail was opened in Maloja. The trail offers a unique outdoor experience and fascinating stories. You learn about the life and times of the smugglers and their goods, as well as the tricks and skillful maneuvers they used to avoid danger. The reasons for smuggling operations were varied, including shortages of particular goods and ample supply of others. High tariffs, different rules and regulations, prohibitions and penalties all promoted clandestine illegal border crossings. The smugglers were not always harmless and their work was often carried out under the cover of darkness.
The “Smuggler Interpretative Trail – Capel, Maloja” heads south from Maloja and takes approximately 1 ½ hours. The trail winds through an enchanting larch forest to Bitabergh Lake, where the Smuggler Interpretative Trail ends. Bitabergh Lake is an inviting and idyllic place to rest and relax. Along the trail, 17 interpretative panels explain the exciting life and work of the smugglers and give first aid and survival tips.
While searching for the hidden smugglers’ goods you will learn how to orientate yourself in the wild using the sun and sky while getting some outdoor exercise and having fun in the mountains. The Smuggler Interpretative Trail is an ideal combination of adventure, nature, outdoor exercise, learning and fun for families and groups. Children and youth are motivated to hike in the mountains and experience the great outdoors firsthand. Even adults will find it fun. This attractive mountain hike will take you back hundreds of years and give you a glimpse into the history of the region and life many generations ago.
Safety informationGood hiking boots, suntan cream and rain protections.
Tips, hints and linksFof further information: Bregaglia Engadin Turismo, Via Principale 101, 7606 Stampa (CH), Tel. 0041 (0)81 822 15 55
Getting thereBregaglia Valley is easy to reach by car. From Zurich/Chur, take the Julier Pass; from Klosters take the car shuttle train through the Vereina Tunnel (train departs every half hour); from Thusis, take the car shuttle train through the Albula Tunnel; from Germany/Austria arrive via Landeck; from Milan, Italy, drive via Lecco and Chiavenna.
Zurich - Bregaglia 225 km (140 miles), approximately 3 hours
Milan - Bregaglia 150 km (94 miles), approximately 2. 1/2 hours
Monaco of Bavaria - Bregaglia 325 km (202 miles), approximately 4 hours
Basel - Bregaglia 305 km (190 miles), approximately 4 hours
Arrival by public transportation
From Zurich to Chur with the SBB (Swiss Federal Railways). From Chur you will board the RhB (Rhaetian Railway), which will take you through the picturesque Albula and Engadin Valleys to St. Moritz. From there, take the Postbus to Bregaglia Valley.
From the South, take the train from Milano to Colico, where you change trains and continue to Chiavenna, then take the Postbus from Chiavenna to Bregaglia Valley.
Arrival by airplane
Daily flights to Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Milan and Munich international airports. Available air-taxi connections to and from St. Moritz-Samedan.