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Family destination – Bivio Savognin (EN)

May 31, 2019   |   by Aline   |   7 comments

Bivio is a small village near the famous St. Moritz, in the heart of the canton of Grisons (Graübunden in German) in Switzerland. Located in the Savognin region, on the largest National Park in Switzerland, the Parc Ela, 1.769 m above sea level, between the Alpines Septimer and Julier Passes. Since antiquity, the Romans have transported goods through this region. The language spoken in the canton of Grisons is the Romanche, the four official languages of Switzerland. (I think it sounds like Italian and French.) As one of the least spoken languages in Europe, residents of the region strive to keep their tongues alive and pass it on to future generations. One of the peculiarities of this canton is that around here, the houses have a name and a drawing that represents it.

Bivio for families

The village welcomes families very well and is one of the favorite destinations of those traveling with children to the Alps. Here, children can walk alone on the streets, as hotels are practically beside the ski slopes. Another widely used lodging option is the rental of chalets or apartments per season.

The city’s tourist office offers tourists:

  • Baby-Sitter service-made by students of the region;
  • Library with books and DVD’s for rent;
  • Playroom;
  • Used children’s goods market, which can be rented or purchased at great prices.

Winter in Bivio

Bivio has more than 30 km of slopes prepared for skiing and snowboarding. All that Bivio offers in winter:

  • Snow park for skiing and snowboard lovers;
  • Tours and hiking in the mountains with skiing;
  • Ski and Snowboard School for children from 3 years old;
  • Child care for children from 2 to 12 years old during the day. Children don’t have to necessarily take ski lessons.
  • Junior runway for ski school and small sledding;
  • Ice skating rink;
  • Heated Pool (Hallenbad). The prices of a ski pass throughout the day are: adult CHF43 and children CHF22. Family passes cost CHF 120.

    Learning to ski in Bivio

    We’ve booked two days of ski lessons in Bivio for the kids. There was in the morning and afternoon; this was quite enough to have some snow fun!!

    How to prepare the baby for the snow?

    When I took my son for the first time up to the mountains, he was only one year old. We had some experience on Mount Rigi, and the same I did to prepare him for Bivio. Let your child feel free to play and move around in the snow; the movement will keep the cold away!!! Snow boots with fur are also essential not to protect against the cold and slippery floors/snow. Essential accessories are thermal gloves; I care two pairs with me; they get lost easily. Thermal beanie and sunglasses, I use one with UV protection from Chicco. It is worth remembering that we have to use sunscreen even on cloudy days. I use 50 Sun cream and also lip balm.

    Bivio in summer

    We want to get to know the region of Bivio in summer and enjoy everything!! Some activities in Savognin:

  • Swimming in Lake Barnagn;
  • Mountain Bike
  • Golf course
  • Parachute jump
  • Trails
  • Climbing
  • Pinocchio Club for children from 03 to 12 years old;
  • Circus week;
  • Mountain Bike and riding course for the little ones.

    Accommodation in Bivio

    We stayed at the Hotel Grischuna, very comfortable with a perfect location.
    The structure of the Grischuna:

  • Jacuzzi and Wellness area;
  • Dry and steam Sauna;
  • Continental breakfast Buffet with regional products;
  • Restaurant
  • Room for storing skis, snowboards and sledges;
  • Free parking;
  • Directly located on the children’s ski slope. Hotel am Waldburger

    Hotel Grischuna
    Vea Valetta 26
    CH-7457 Bivio
    Phone: + 41 (0) 81 659 12 12
    Fax: + 41 (0) 81 659 12 13
    E-Mail: info@grischuna-bivio.ch

    Practical information and how to get there

    By car, departing from Lucerne or Zurich, head toward the town of Chur (A13), and follow the mountain up towards St. Moritz (Municipal road Route 3)
    By train, you only arrive until Tiefencastel, after the bus (PostAuto) towards Bivio.

    Bivio Tourist Information Centre

    Tourismus Savognin Bivio Albula AG
    Stradung 42
    Savognin CH-7460
    Tel + 41 81 659 16 16

    Do you have any questions about Bivio? Write to us with a comment!

    Thanks for reading!! Discover in our family blog outdoor adventure tips in Switzerland, family-friendly destinations, and much more! 🙂

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