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A hotel in Pontresina is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Pontresina hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Pontresina are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Pontresina hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Pontresina hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Pontresina have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Pontresina
An upscale full service hotel facility in Pontresina that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Pontresina hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

Full service hotels in Pontresina
Full service Pontresina hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels in Pontresina
Boutique hotels of Pontresina are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Pontresina boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Pontresina may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels in Pontresina
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Pontresina travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Pontresina focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

Economy and limited service hotels in Pontresina
Small to medium-sized Pontresina hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Pontresina traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Pontresina hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Pontresina
A bed and breakfast in Pontresina is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Pontresina bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Pontresina B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Pontresina
Pontresina hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Pontresina hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Pontresina
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Pontresina hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Pontresina lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Pontresina
Pontresina timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Pontresina often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Pontresina on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Pontresina
A Pontresina motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Pontresina for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Pontresina motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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Coat of arms of Pontresina
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Pontresina is located in Switzerland
Pontresina is located in Canton of Graubünden
Coordinates:  / 46.500; 9.900  / 46.500; 9.900
Country Switzerland
Canton Graubünden
District Maloja
• Total 118.19 km (45.63 sq mi)
Elevation 1,805 m (5,922 ft)
Population (Dec 2015)
• Total 2,166
• Density 18/km (47/sq mi)
Postal code 7504
SFOS number 3784
Surrounded by Lanzada (IT-SO), La Punt-Chamues-ch, Livigno (IT-SO), Madulain, Poschiavo, Samedan, Zuoz
Website www.gemeinde-pontresina.ch
SFSO statistics

Pontresina (Romansh: Puntraschigna) is a municipality in the Maloja Region in the canton of Graubünden in Switzerland.

Pontresina: History and name

The city was first mentioned in medieval Latin documents as pontem sarasinam in 1137. In 1237 it was mentioned as de Ponte Sarraceno and in 1303 as ponte sarracino. Some historians translate it as The Bridge of the Saracens and see in it a reference to a tenth-century Arab invasion of the lands that later became Switzerland. It is essential though to have a bridge to use the Bernina pass and it would make sense to build this before the confluence of Ova da Bernina and Ova da Roseg due to the amount of water to cross.

Pontresina: Geography

Pontresina valley

Pontresina has an area, as of 2006, of 118.2 km (45.6 sq mi). Of this area, 16.7% is used for agricultural purposes, while 8.8% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 1.6% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (72.9%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).

Before 2017, the municipality was located in the Oberengadin sub-district of the Maloja district, after 2017 it was part of the Maloja Region. It sits in Val Bernina, which is the highest altitude valley that branches off the Upper Engadin Valley. The municipality includes the highest mountain of the canton, Piz Bernina. Other high summits are Piz Zupò and Piz Palü. Pontresina is a noted tourist destination in its own right, but is often overshadowed by its more famous neighbor St. Moritz.

It consists of the old village sections of Laret, San Spiert as well as Giarsun and the new sections on the mountain slopes (including Muragls).

Nearby glaciers include the Morteratsch Glacier and the Roseg Glacier. The Morteratsch has a ski lift and a long run down the glacier and the glacier is an economic mainstay of the town. The Roseg Valley has a groomed cross country ski trail along its length.

Pontresina: Demographics

Pontresina has a population (as of 31 December 2015) of 2,166. As of 2008, 29.7% of the population was made up of foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has grown at a rate of 3.9%.

As of 2000, the gender distribution of the population was 50.2% male and 49.8% female. The age distribution, as of 2000, in Pontresina is; 165 children or 7.5% of the population are between 0 and 9 years old. 95 teenagers or 4.3% are 10 to 14, and 136 teenagers or 6.2% are 15 to 19. Of the adult population, 438 people or 20.0% of the population are between 20 and 29 years old. 435 people or 19.9% are 30 to 39, 354 people or 16.2% are 40 to 49, and 269 people or 12.3% are 50 to 59. The senior population distribution is 153 people or 7.0% of the population are between 60 and 69 years old, 97 people or 4.4% are 70 to 79, there are 45 people or 2.1% who are 80 to 89, and there are 4 people or 0.2% who are 90 to 99.

In the 2007 federal election the most popular party was the FDP which received 35.2% of the vote. The next three most popular parties were the SVP (34.1%), the SP (17%) and the CVP (8.1%).

In Pontresina about 62.6% of the population (between age 25-64) have completed either non-mandatory upper secondary education or additional higher education (either university or a Fachhochschule).

Pontresina has an unemployment rate of 1.26%. As of 2005, there were 19 people employed in the primary economic sector and about 4 businesses involved in this sector. 323 people are employed in the secondary sector and there are 22 businesses in this sector. 1,073 people are employed in the tertiary sector, with 124 businesses in this sector.

Reformed church of Niculò/Nikolaus, built in 1640, rebuilt in 1718, tower from 1887.

From the 2000 census, 1,055 or 48.2% are Roman Catholic, while 713 or 32.5% belonged to the Swiss Reformed Church. Of the rest of the population, there are 40 individuals (or about 1.83% of the population) who belong to the Orthodox Church, and there are 56 individuals (or about 2.56% of the population) who belong to another Christian church. There are less than 5 individuals who are Jewish, and 27 (or about 1.23% of the population) who are Islamic. There are 10 individuals (or about 0.46% of the population) who belong to another church (not listed on the census), 158 (or about 7.21% of the population) belong to no church, are agnostic or atheist, and 132 individuals (or about 6.02% of the population) did not answer the question.

The historical population is given in the following table:

year population
1850 270
1900 488
1950 774
1960 1,067
1970 1,646
1980 1,726
1990 1,604
2000 2,191

Pontresina: Languages

Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks German (57.7%), with Italian being second most common (16.1%) and Portuguese being third ( 9.0%). Until the 19th Century, the entire population spoke the Upper-Engadin Romansh dialect of Puter. Due to increasing trade with the outside world, Romansh usage began to decline. In 1880 only 45.7% spoke Romansh as a first language, while in 1900 it was only 33.61%. Romansh continued to decline in the 20th Century (1941 26.7%, 1970 16.22%, 2000 7.94%).

Languages in Pontresina GR
Languages Census 1980 Census 1990 Census 2000
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
German 990 57.36% 993 61.91% 1264 57.69%
Romansh 250 14.48% 194 12.09% 174 7.94%
Italian 362 20.97% 290 18.08% 353 16.11%
Population 1726 100% 1604 100% 2191 100%

Pontresina: Transportation

Train of the Rhaetian Railway in Pontresina

Pontresina railway station is a fair sized facility positioned to the west of the town which serves a wide area and a youth hostel. Several bus lines of the Engadin Bus company also serve the area and there is a chair lift for skiing in the winter months, and walking in the summer months. The area has road links to the neighbouring, larger town of St Moritz.

Pontresina: Weather

Pontresina has an average of 97.8 days of rain per year and on average receives 799 mm (31.5 in) of precipitation. The wettest month is August during which time Pontresina receives an average of 104 mm (4.1 in) of precipitation. During this month there is precipitation for an average of 10.7 days. The driest month of the year is February with an average of 31 mm (1.2 in) of precipitation over 10.7 days.

Pontresina: Heritage sites of national significance

The Church of S. Maria, Grand Hotel Kronenhof and the Spaniola tower are listed as Swiss heritage sites of national significance. The old parish church and currently a village church of S. Maria is a late-Romanesque structure. The church has several significant paintings on the walls. The tower and north and west walls are from an earlier church, most likely from the 12th Century.

A historical transport route of wine across the alps passes Pontresina and continues towards Davos across Scaletta Pass that lost importance completely when roads were built elsewhere.

Pontresina: References

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  2. Swiss Federal Statistical Office - STAT-TAB, online database – Ständige und nichtständige Wohnbevölkerung nach institutionellen Gliederungen, Geburtsort und Staatsangehörigkeit (in German) accessed 30 August 2016
  3. Pontresina in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  4. Swiss Federal Statistical Office accessed 20-Oct-2009
  5. Swiss Federal Statistical Office - Amtliches Gemeindeverzeichnis der Schweiz - Mutationsmeldungen 2016 accessed 16 February 2017
  6. den Hond, Bas (4 August 2017). "Artificial Snow Could Make Alpine Glacier Grow Again". Eos (magazine). Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  7. Graubunden Population Statistics (in German) accessed 21 September 2009
  8. Graubunden in Numbers (in German) accessed 21 September 2009
  9. "Temperature and Precipitation Average Values-Table, 1961-1990" (in German, French, and Italian). Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology - MeteoSwiss. Retrieved 8 May 2009. , the weather station elevation is 1774 meters above sea level.
  10. Swiss inventory of cultural property of national and regional significance 21.11.2008 version, (in German) accessed 20-Oct-2009
  11. (in English) Hiking Switzerland passes in Graubünden on old international trading route

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  • Pontresina in German, French and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
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