Between the upper and the lower Engadine lies Zernez from where the main road goes over the Ofen Pass (2,149 m) into the idyllic Val Müstair and leads then into Italy. This route is covered by postal bus (six to nine departures a day). Santa Maria is the main village of the Val Müstair and has a nice Gothic church. Due to the valley’s south facing situation the weather is often mild here. The Val Müstair really is perfect for hikers and bikers, with the help of clearly-signposted paths, hikers can easily find their way around the valley.
How to get to Santa Maria: the hourly trains from Chur to Zernez take 1 h 45 minutes and you have to change in Saglians. From Zernez to Santa Maria the bus takes 1 hour.
Tourist office: at the main road, 081 858 57 27) www.val-muestair.ch
Budget accommodation: Santa Maria in Müstair Youth Hostel, Chasa Plaz, (081 858 56 61)