Swiss National Park, Zernez

4.9
#11 of 17 in Parks in Engadin St. Moritz
Swiss National Park is part of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The park was founded in 1914 and it is still the only national park in Switzerland and the largest protected area of the country. In the park, it's not allowed to leave marked paths, light a fire or sleep outside the Chamanna Cluozza, the mountain hut located in the park. It is also forbidden to disturb animals or plants, or to take home anything found in the park. Dogs are not allowed, even on a leash. Due to these strict rules, the park is the only park in the Alps which has been categorized by the IUCN as a strict nature reserve, the highest protection level worldwide. The park is well known for its extraordinary variety of alpine animals, such as chamois, deer, and marmots. A host of alpine plants provide a colorful sight as visitors make their way through. There is a wide choice of paths, with differing degrees of difficulty. In winter, the park is closed, in order to respect the dormancy of the animals. A visitor centre open all year long is located in Zernez. The road through the park leads over the Fuorn Pass (or Ofenpass) to South Tyrol in Italy. The hiking trails are usually open from May to middle of November. From mid-November footpaths may not be visible in the snow and there is a risk of avalanches. The Park remains closed to visitors until the end of May, respecting the dormancy of the animals. Please visit website for more information. You can plan Zernez trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.
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  • The Swiss Alps A must for me every summit every mountain lake every valley lost everything there is wonder I always come back by all weathers and by All seasons
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  • We ran up from the car park P3 on the Ofenpass road in the direction of Murterpass. The long climb was strenuous, but the prospect of lasting worth it. In the Cluozza cottage we have stayed, a real adventure and it was great fun. Also the further hike offered very much beautiful impressions to Zernez.
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  • One of the most Beautiful places to see untouched nature
  • Very nice place to do some hikes. Even though only a limited number of tracks are available it is rarely crowded. It's interesting to see the untouched nature and how things look quite different from what we are used to in other parts of Switzerland (especially all the fallen trees that are just left there, the leftovers of land slides, etc.). The bus service is convenient and frequent enough, allowing for trips with different start/end points which is better than just going up and back down on the same track.
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