The Engadiner Kraftwerke EKW are some of the largest producers of electricity in Switzerland with an annual generation of around 1,400 million kWh. The complex, which is surrounded by the largest conservation area in Switzerland – the Swiss National Park, is made up of the Livigno and Ova Spin reservoirs and the three power plants Ova Spin, Pradella and Martina. A network of hiking trails lets you explore a unique wealth of alpine animals and plants in unspoiled, wild alpine scenery.
There are other places to visit around the national park. Stephan Kloter especially enjoyed a bike ride, two hikes and an excursion. He is Head of Group Accounting & International Finance at Alpiq and is a member of the Finance Commission of the Engadiner Kraftwerke AG. Alpiq has a 22% share in the partner plant: “Every time I go to the Engadin region on business, I feel like I want to holiday right away because I love the water, forest, meadows and mountains. The unique landscape invites you to bike, hike, marvel, observe and contemplate.”
Hike – Motta Naluns - Alp Clünas - Alp Laret - Ftan - Scuol: Take the gondola lift to 2,142 m above sea level. You’ll feel like the whole of the Lower Engadin is at your feet. The route climbs to Chamanna da Naluns and Alp Clünas. From the panoramic trail the view extends as far as the Ötztal Alps. Alp Laret offers a well-earned rest. From Ftan, you can take the PostBus service or walk back to Scuol on the panoramic trail.
Hiking the Engadin alpine path from Vnà to Tschlin: The Via Engiadina hike takes you through the entire Lower and Upper Engadin. There are delightful, panoramic sections on easy paths, but also rough paths, steep climbs and detours through gorges and side valleys. The route is attractive because it is very varied. Stephan Kloter recommends the section from Vnà to Tschlin: “I particularly like this hike because it offers an abundance of natural beauty, the River Inn is in view for the most part and because a climax awaits hikers at the end. In Tschlin, you can enjoy a Tschliner beer, which is best combined with a ‘Bündnerplatte’ (a plate filled with delicious local meat).”
Scuol Thermal Baths: Natural mineral water springs up in Scuol in various places. One such example is the village well, where water can be sourced via a tap. The water also feeds the pools of Bogn Engiadina, which are thermal baths offering sauna and spa facilities in the centre of the village. It’s the best place to spend a cloudy day with the family. It can also be combined with a pleasant tour of the village. In the older part of the village on the Inn river there are impressive Engadin houses. A tour of the power plant is also highly recommended. You can visit the Pradella power station near Scuol, with its compensating reservoir and impressive machine hall, in groups of four.