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Piz Bernina, Pontresina

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Piz Bernina (Romansh, Italian: Pizzo Bernina, Italian pronunciation: [ˈpittso berˈniːna]) is the highest mountain in the Eastern Alps, the highest point of the Bernina Range, and the highest peak in the Rhaetian Alps. It rises 4,048.6 m (13,283 ft) and is located south of Pontresina and near the major Alpine resort of St. Moritz, in the Engadin valley. It is also the most easterly mountain higher than 4,000 m (13,000 ft) in the Alps, the highest point of the Swiss canton of Graubünden, and the fifth-most prominent peak in the Alps. Although the summit lies within Switzerland, the massif is on the border with Italy. The "shoulder" (4,020 m (13,190 ft)) known as La Spedla is the highest point in the Italian Lombardy region.

Piz Bernina is entirely surrounded by glaciers, of which the largest is the Morteratsch Glacier.

The mountain was named after the Bernina Pass in 1850 by Johann Coaz, who also made the first ascent. The prefix Piz comes from the Romansch language in Graubünden; any mountain with that name can be readily identified as being located in southeastern Switzerland.

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  • Yes- that's what it is and one can see it from afar from many locations (that's what i did). So enjoy! 
    Yes- that's what it is and one can see it from afar from many locations (that's what i did). So enjoy!  more »
  • High above St Moritz looking down over the lakes and nearby villages, this is a spectacular place to visit. I went for the sunset but the very cold wind and cloudy conditions forced me to leave... 
    High above St Moritz looking down over the lakes and nearby villages, this is a spectacular place to visit. I went for the sunset but the very cold wind and cloudy conditions forced me to leave...  more »
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  • Highest and only 4000m peak in the Eastern Alps and in Swiss canton Graubünden. Magnificent, surrounded by glaciers and fine ridges. Even the easiest route from Rifugio Marco e Rosa over Spallagrat is fairly difficult and not undangerous - climbing with short sections up to AD, lots of loose rock, sharp exposed snow ridge at the top. When we were up, there was a helicopter rescue due to a stonefall accident.
  • Should definitely visit the ancient stone battlegrounds. Although they're quiet dangerous, I almost got killed by Wamuu there

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