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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  • I've had the opportunity to visit here a couple of times,and I must sat there's something about this area that really moves me. It could be the fresh mountain air,great hiking or simply being in a tru...  more »
  • My Family and I spent about 3 hours just sitting by the lake side and enjoying the beauty of this place. We took a bus and got out at the Maloja SS. We met a few walkers there and there other than tha...  more »
  • I was there on a sunny day. I saw a lot of people learning parachute gliding along the lake side. Many people were sunbathing with loved ones and their dogs. Worth a walk along the shore trail.  more »