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Swimming in Lej da Staz

Dive into dark moor lakes

On a hot summer's day in the Engadine, the glistening lakes entice you to cool off and swim. They are inviting with their crystal-clear, pure waters fed by the mountain springs and streams. But beware, the rather deep lakes heat up to hardly more than 17 degrees even in summer. Brrrrr...  just quickly out of the water again. Luckily there are alternatives. Smaller high-moor lakes, which are relatively shallow and heat up in the sunshine. Although situated high up, the dark-moor lakes reach temperatures of about 20 degrees. Of all the Engadine moor lakes, Lej da Staz is the most famous. In the middle of the extensive Stazerwald forest, between the two resorts of St. Moritz and Pontresina, the lake lies idyllically embedded in a wide clearing. A place for summertime "dolce far niente", complete with bath towel and barbecue. A beach and two wooden piers give easy access to the moor water – it is a very popular spot. The nearby Hotel Restorant Lej da Staz also invites you to stay in the area. Lej March near St. Moritz and Lej Nair near Silvaplana are other pleasant, small bathing lakes.

When:
summer season

Where:
a short hike of about 40 minutes.