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    Home of the Schellen Ursli - Guarda to Ftan

    Guarda - Ardez - Ftan

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    Home of the Schellen Ursli - Guarda to Ftan

    Guarda - Ardez - Ftan

    Published on 04.12.2015 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 07.02.2015

    There is nothing more magnificent than the Swiss Alps all decked in white under the crisp blue sky with brilliant sunshine warming the biting air!

    Switzerland has many prepared winter hiking paths, and the one between Guarda and Ftan is well-tended and definitely worth an afternoon walk. The picturesque town of Guarda is reached by small Post Bus from the train station.

    Before starting on the hike, one must definitely take the time to walk up and down all the streets and alleys admiring the typical painted Engadine homes. Guarda is said to be one of the prettiest towns in Switzerland, and one of these 17th-century painted houses was the inspiration for the book called Schellen Ursli (A bell for Ursli), a popular Swiss children’s book made into a movie this year.

    Keep following the wide trail eastward toward Ftan. A point of interest on the way are the ruins of Chanoua, thought to be an important cargo handling hub and travelers' inn on the important merchants’ route between Como and the Tirol. (First mentioned in literature from the 9th century). It was rebuilt after a big fire in 1742, but was allowed to go to ruins after the new valley road Lavin-Ardez-Scuol was built in 1867.

    After approx 1.5 km through a forested area (afternoon shadow) and another 1.5 km along the main road, a fork in the road shortly before Ftan takes us along the right side lane on the scenic route into the village, where you catch the Post Bus to Scuol on the other side of the church.



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    Published on 04.12.2015 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 07.02.2015

    Route Details 

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    Time Required
    2 hours 45 minutes
    10 km
    256 m
    296 m
    Season Start / Season End
    January - December
    Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
    Points of Interest
    All the beautifully painted Engadin houses in Guarda and its wooden fountain. Chanoua ruins (traveler's inn dating from the 9th century)
    Starting Point
    Village center, Guarda
    Starting Point with Public Transport
    Village center, Ftan
    Return with Public Transport
    Places to Eat
    Things to Note
    This tour does not take you into the village of Ardez, but rather you pass above it.

    Route Description 

    00:00 From Village Center in Guarda in direction of Ftan

    00:30 Hamlet of Bos-cha. Continue on the main path toward Ftan. Just outside the hamlet is a fork in the road. Stay on the wider path on the right.

    01:00 Here is an intersection where the road to the right leads down to Ardez. Cross the intersection and keep going straight.

    01:20 The road doubles back to Ardez. Continue walking straight eastward. The road goes slightly uphill for the next approx. 1 km.

    01:35 Chanoua Ruins (previously thought to be an Inn and cargo handling hub)

    02:00 River crossing at the back of a valley. At this point the trail turns into a busier road, that takes you all the way into Ftan.

    02:25 Fork in the road. Main road continues into Ftan on the left, but take the scenic route on the right all the way into Ftan village and past the church to the Post Office

    02:45 Bus to Scuol at the Post Office.





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