Ruins of an old traveler's inn dating from the 9th century (Chanoua)
On the main road heading toward Ftan.
Guarda - Ardez - Ftan
Published/updated on 04.12.2015 by GabrielleMerk | 19239 points | Date of Tour: 07.02.2015 | Favourite Entries (2)
There is nothing more magnificent than the Swiss Alps all decked in white under the crisp blue sky with brilliant sunshine warming the...
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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.
This tour does not take you into the village of Ardez, but rather you pass above it.
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