The Swiss National Park (Schweizerischer Nationalpark) is the largest nature reserve in Switzerland and an ideal destination for a day excursion if you want a change of scenery. There are fun mountain bike routes through the indigenous pines and edelweiss flowers, where deer, ibex, eagles, grizzly bears, wolves and marmots live in their respective habitats in the biosphere reserve.
The resort has an excellent network of hiking and cross country trails with over 110 kilometres of classic groomed pistes in perfect conditions. There are also enchanting themed trails, such as the Fairy Tales, and the Olympic route, the Talloipe Val Müstair.
The resort is in the only part of Switzerland that is tax free, so shopping lovers can find some real bargains and considerable discounts in the restaurants and hotels. There are themed routes called the Duty Free Run and the Smuggler’s Tour (Die Schmuggler Runde) which lead you to the shopping areas.
Snowshoe walking is another option. There are 250 kilometres of trails with fantastic views that take you up to the peaks, or more relaxing routes that connect to the village. The Laret West-Clis Ravaisch is a beautiful moderate route which takes you through a sunny tree filled valley to a frozen lake.
Toboggans used to be used as a work tool in the Samnaun region and nowadays it’s a popular winter activity for families. The Toboggan Samnaun Dorf, by the Votlas Parking is where you’ll find the action along with various shops where you can rent toboggans.
There are two ice rinks, one indoor and one outdoor, where you can skate, do curling or play hockey. The Warm Up is a children’s park with games and is open from 13:00 until 18:00.
A popular time to visit the resort is in March when the Open Air Rock Festival is celebrated, so it’s advisable to reserve your accommodation in advance if you plan to go around this time.
There is a wide range of well priced restaurants and lively nightlife to enjoy after an active day. Ischgl is known as the Ibiza of the Alps and there are numerous bars and discos in the village. If you want to relax, you’ll find the highest spas in Switzerland at an altitude of 1.715 m in Alpenquell Erlebnisbad.