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June 14th 2017

One day to relax …

Yesterday morning the view out of my hotel room spelled little good. So I decided to take a day of leisure.

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Scuol: it is raining…

Still I stayed in contact with water, by paying a visit to the famous Engadin Bath, in Rhaetian-roman Bogn Engiadina, in Scuol. Each time it is a treat to submerge in the various pools: my favourites are the Solebath (37° and a salinity in which you with some training can stay afloat), the outside pool also open in winter so you can swim in nice warm water while the mountains are covered with a thick layer of snow, and the relaxation room with an open fireplace and nice lounge chairs. High level wellness! There is also a elaborate and pleasant sauna department, but that is not much to my taste.

The factor “wellness” has already been present in Scuol for centuries. This is shown on several billboards at the entrance of the town, with in Rhaetian-roman: “destinaziun ‘wellness’ daspö il 1389“,  or “a wellness destination since 1389“.

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Scuol: Destination for wellness since 1389

The geological preposition of the area around Scuol allows over 20 sources to well up, with water containing high levels of minerals, each with their specific chemical composition. The Engadin Bath is mainly fed by water from the Tulai- and the Chalzine sources; eventually water from the Sotsass and Vi sources is supplied. All four sources well up within the boundaries of Scuol. See also the brochure (in German), shown further below: “Mineralwasserweg Scuol und Umgebung“. Here is referred to mineral water sources: the water well from the rocks with a temperature of 5° to 8°C. Water from thermal water sources is heated within the earth itself… In the Bogn Engiadina the cold water is brought to a very comfortable temperature of over 30° by an ingenious system of geothermal heat . In short, I have spent the afternoon in a very pleasant way.

In the Engadin Bath there is also possible to drink the various healthy waters. To be honest I should state that I do not appreciate the taste of the different mineral waters, but apparently it is a true blessing for one’s health… It taste a little like rusty water with an unpleasantly sweet aftertaste – the iron (Fe) content is showed by the red and brownish discolorations in the bowls. Luckily the regular tap water has a very nice taste, because it just flows from the mountains, while it has the time to absorb the minerals.

Because of the high level of calcium and the large quantities of minerals in the water large structures can be formed. An impressive example is placed in the lower hall way in the Bogn Engiadina: a huge chunk of tufa (limestone) from the Suronnas source to the east of Scuol on the banks of the river Inn.

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Scuol: A huge chunk of tufa limestone from the Suronnas source in the Engadin Bath

 


June 15th 2017

… and another day to go for a walk again

Today’s weather has improved a lot and that’s why I am going for a walk. This time I also stayed in touch with water. I followed (part of) the Blue Trail, one of the two trails passing by the various  mineral sources: the “Mineral Water Trail Scuol and surroundings“. The map is in the middle of the brochure (unfortunately only in German: Mineralwasserweg Scuol und Umgebung).

One of the sources mentioned in the Blue Trail is the Lischana source. A drinking tap is situated in a lovely small building at the river bank of the Inn – the water originates from Scuol’s “symbolical mountain”, the Piz Lischana (3.105m) on the south side of the valley.

The colour indicates that also this water is very rich in iron and it tastes accordingly…

On several points on the trail it is visible how water is welling up from the mountainside or luckily just out of a tap:

My tour went on (leaving the mapped trail behind me!) along the Inn to the small village of Sur En, where during this week an international symposium of sculptors was held: several artists were creating pieces of art out of wood, marble etc. The sound of chain saws and marters was resounding between the mountains. Some of the sculptures looked quite nice. In an effort to revive ancient techniques there was also built an charcoal pile to prepare char coal the old-fashioned way. A lot of smoke came out of the pile – yet the outside started really to look like charcoal!

After a short stay on the terrace of the nearby Hotel Val d’Uina I walked back to Scuol in the bright sunlight alongside the Inn and the meadows in bloom