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It is hard to imagine a country of immense alpine beauty peculiarly decides to allocate a section in its territory to be called a national park. Truth is this 170-sq-km of inspiring alpine wilderness was established in 1914 to offer a particularly different experience in the Swiss Alps.

It is probably the only national park in the world that is officially mentioned in 5 different languages – Swiss National Park in English, Schweizerischer Nationalpark in German, Parc Naziunal Svizzer in Romansh, Parc National Suisse in French, and Parco Nazionale Svizzero in Italian.

From Scuol, I took the southbound train to Zernez, where a Die Post bus patiently awaited for the train passengers heading into the park. The journey from Zernez to the visitor center provides amazing vistas of the highlands. The narrow mountain road is somewhat terrifying for such a large bus but the bus driver seemed to have mastered in negotiating the sharp bends for so many years.

Within a few minutes from Zernez, the bus made a stop at the National Park House, but I did not disembark there. Some 20 minutes away the bus made its stop at Il Fuorn, from which I decided to venture around. The nice Hotel Il Fuorn is one of the only two lodging options in the national park. Behind the hotel lies a short hiking trail along beautiful swift-flowing Fuorn stream. Further hikes revealed more beautiful scenery of the surrounding mountains. This trail is rated easy and suitable for almost everyone.


 

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