La Punt: high-alpine, widely inspiring and connecting
La Punt, situated at 1,700 meters a.s.l., is part of the sun-blessed resort region Engadin St. Moritz.
La Punt enchants its visitors with its calm character at the foot of the unspoiled Albula Pass. Grand patrician houses of wealthy merchant families of the 16th and 17th century line the riverbed around the bridgehead of the Inn River. They are proud witnesses of an intensive history of trading at the crossroads of the river and the Albula Pass. Richly adorned farmhouses, however, can be seen further back in the old sections of Chamues-ch.
It is already for the eighth time that La Punt has been given the privilege of welcoming the contestants of the Tour de Suisse in the sunny Engadin.
The crossing of the Albula Pass with its altitude of 2,312 meters a.s.l. has become legendary. On their climb on a narrow path, the contestants pass the impressive viaducts and helical tunnels of the Rhaetian Railway. This part of the railway has recently been awarded the UNESCO world heritage label for its unique natural beauty.
But despite all its beauty: the highly challenging layout of this leg has repeatedly mixed up the race’s temporary rankings and threatened the overall success of the current leader. Not for nothing may the utterly demanding mountain leg to La Punt be called the royal stage of the Tour de Suisse. The racy, final descent from the summit to the bottom of the high valley and directly to the finish line will finally disclose who may rightfully be crowned king in this picturesque mountain village.
Good to know:
La Punt and the Albula Pass not only becomes the target location of many cyclists every year, but is also the venue of the “slowUp® Event Mountain Albula”. On top of that, the pass and the village constitute an integral part of the “Engadine Bike Marathon®”.