The Engadin is sometimes spelled as Engadine. The English translation is ‘garden of the Inn’. It is a very long valley in the Alps, and it is situated in the Graubunden canton in the southeastern part of Switzerland. It goes on the route of the Inn River from where it begins at the Pass of Maloja, and it runs northeast until river flows into Austria, about 100 kilometers down river. High mountains on every side safeguard the Engadin, and it is world famous for its beautiful, picturesque landscapes, outdoor activities, and its sunny climate.
The indigenous language of the valley is Romansch. The “Engadin” has a literal English translation of the Inn Garden. It is also translated as the “Garden of the Inn River”. However, in a geographic, political, and historical context, the Engadin refers to the whole region, including the valley, the tributaries, and the mountains that surround it.
In the upper part of the Engadin, because of all the individuals coming in related to tourism, the amount of Swiss-German and Romansch speakers are roughly equal, in St. Mortiz there are very few Romansch-speaking people. St. Moritz is heavily visited by tourists. In the lower part of Engadin, Romansch is the most commonly spoken language, but nearly all of the individuals speak Standard German and Swiss-German. Most signs for places in both the upper and lower part of Engadin show both languages.
There is a traditional sleigh ride that takes place in the wintertime, and no one knows when the tradition began. A lot of the sleighs in the sleigh ride in it come from families that have been in the area for many generations. Since the carriages are so old, it helps to lend support to the idea that the tradition has been going on for centuries.
The Schlitteda, which translates to ‘seligh ride’ uses several sleighs, and each carries a young man and a young woman paired together via lottery and one slight carrying a group of musicians or a single musician to play music for the sleigh riders and the audience that accompanies them.
The horses are adorned with trimmings and plumage along with the bells. Throughout the ride, there are stops, and those stops are places where drinking, dancing, and eating occur.
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