Now let's go on another trip: Engadin (1)

by Jay November. 07, 2014 2659 views

I love the Engadin. My travel buddy and I decided when in America in September that we would do another really good, but very short, trip before Christmas. So, we decided to meet in Zürich, where he lives, and drive through the Swiss Engadin (just google it) and over the border (read: beautiful Alps) into South Tyrol.

Now most people who don't know this area might think that South Tyrol is in Austria. HA! You're wrong as rain in a desert. It's in Northern Italy. Simple history lesson: After the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918 following World War One, the Italians, who were Allies in that war, got the Austrian region of South Tyrol as a kind of bounty when the Hapsburg Empire collapsed into many new countries.

Sadly, however, South Tyrol rather languished in a poor and difficult state and their right to use German was greatly limited by the Italian government. Well, following the Second World War, things had to get better for them, so to make a loooooong story short, their situation greatly improved with concessions from Rome that they could be an autonomous region within the Italian Republic with the right to govern themselves and use their language (along with required Italian) and they blossomed into the largest apple-growing region for all of Europe! We never saw so many apple orchards in our entire lives or travels. Tourism is also important for the region, to be sure. But we both communicated just fine in German, and actually felt like we were still in Germany, Switzerland or Austria due to the similar culture, with a pleasant mix of the lovely Italian culture mixed in a bit.

But, enough about South Tyrol for now as these pictures are from the Engadin, which is located in the Swiss Canton of Graubünden in the eastern part of the country. These photos were taken in and around the little town of Tarasp. (Google that one, too). The majestic scenery in Engadin is so exquisite, breathtaking and calming, that I want to go back again and again. This was my third visit. People, if you want to do something different from what every other tourist to Europe does, make a point to save your pennies and go here. The food is wonderful as well.

All aboard!!!!

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Laurence D 6 years, 3 months ago

Wow magnifique !

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Daniel C 6 years, 3 months ago

beautiful place

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Eiram Marie 6 years, 3 months ago

So wunderschön! Und auch das Wetter spielte mit!

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Antonio Gil 6 years, 3 months ago

Already in my portfolio of places to visit. Beautiful

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Gillian Parsons 6 years, 3 months ago

Wonderful wonderful yes a beautiful area love 2 great composition.

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Jacki 6 years, 3 months ago

OH... and glad to hear that your two got another trip in!! :)

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Jacki 6 years, 3 months ago

Really a stunning place! I finally realized ONE difference when I see these kinds of shots... the air is so clear! Here in CA there is always that smoggy haze. :(

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Louise Hayes 6 years, 3 months ago

The hills are alive with the sound of music.....beutiful region, putting this in my faves to remind me whenever we get to Europe

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Marilyn Grimble 6 years, 3 months ago

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful - thanks for inviting us along!

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