Lake Sils, Sils im Engadin

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Lake Sils is a lake in the Upper Engadine valley, Grisons, Switzerland. It takes its name from the village of Sils im Engadin. The lake lies at an altitude of 1,797 metres above sea level, between Maloja Pass and Lake Silvaplana. Several mountains over 3,000 metres overlook the lake, notably Piz Corvatsch, Piz Grevasalvas and Piz da la Margna. The lake's drainage basin culminates at Piz Fora and comprises the Vadrec da Fedoz glacier.With a surface area of 4.1 km², Lake Sils is the largest lake of the Engadine. It is also the largest natural lake in the Alps lying above 1,000 metres. The lake was formed by a prehistoric landslide dam, similarly to Lake Silvaplana.The wooded Chastè peninsula extends into the lake at its north-eastern end. At the end of the peninsula there is a plaque to Friedrich Nietzsche with a passage from Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Near the peninsula is located the wooded island of Chaviolas, the largest in Lake Sils. Annually, in winter, the cross-country Engadin Skimarathon crosses the lake, starting at its edge in the Maloja Palace.
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  • Mountains left and right, flat Valley, fresh air and lovely light frame this bright blue Lake. Perfect for gentle walks looking for blueberries (in summer) and spaces that regenerate the mind and spirit.
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  • In addition to the Lakes of St.Moritz, Champfèr and Silavplana is the Lake of Sils-Maria the biggest. It is ideal for surfing as the others through the Maloja coming up almost daily against 11:00. Z.B of Sils on the right bank to Isola and continue to Maloja, or on the other side of Plaun da is also around much trails Lej around the Lake, up to Grevasalvas (Heidi's village) and on to the Lej Lunghin, etc. Very varied and interesting walks.
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  • Lake Sils Switzerland high in the alps we saw people fishing (not sure what you catch up there)and sunbathing. There were also a lot of bicycles parked nearby, great tourist spot.  more »

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