St. Moritz

Ski Resort in Switzerland

Introduction

St. Moritz is one of the most famous holiday destinations in the world, was twice host city for the Winter Olympics, and belongs to a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its name is a trademark and synonymous worldwide with style, elegance and class.

The Swiss Ski Resort of St. Moritz is one of the larger Ski Resorts in Switzerland and has direct access to 350km of downhill skiing, with 88 individual pistes, served by 24 ski lifts.

It's no wonder St. Moritz is so widely known: unique experiences such as the Cresta Run, the Engadin cross-country ski marathon and polo-on-snow have been joined in recent years by spectacular kite-boarding across the acres of frozen lakes on the valley floor. The resort claims to have been the birthplace in 1864 of the 'white winter holiday' and has the oldest Tourism Board in Switzerland; it's also the only place in the country to have hosted the Olympic Winter Games, in 1928 and 1948. More recently, bringing the region's skiing up to date, the Alpine Ski World Championships took place in St. Moritz in 2003, as they did in 1934, 1948 and 1974.

The three main ski areas of St Moritz are separate but big enough to stand alone. If you're happy to ride the punctual buses or drive between areas, you will enjoy the distinctly different slopes of each domain - the extensive, rolling, well-groomed Corviglia pistes; the drama of the high Corvatsch peak followed by big vertical; and the huge descent across the glacier and the steepest slopes of the Diavolleza. There's even heli-skiing of a kind that utterly defines the resort: you fly to the top of the hill and ski down the piste, thus avoiding the need to ride those tiresome lifts with the hoi polloi…

In town, it's a puzzle to first time visitors exactly what the fuss is about. Set on the lakeside and rising up the steep slopes towards the ski domain, the centre of St. Moritz has no obvious special qualities. It's neither outrageously picturesque, nor exuding nightlife potential; the most striking feature is the number of luxury shops selling things you'll never need on a ski holiday or anywhere else. Most of the action, if you can call it that, takes place behind the doors of the massive five star hotels, leaving others out in the cold. A more relaxed and friendly area to stay is in the spa region of the resort, right on the shore of the lake, where hotels such as the Laudinella cater well to a mid-range clientele, though once again everything is provided under one substantial roof, so you might seldom go out but to ski.

Its very own airport and world-famous express trains

Today, St. Moritz is the number one alpine holiday destination. The sun-kissed Alpine metropolis on the south-facing flank of the Alps boasts an airport, the Engadin Airport, and it is the terminus of both the Glacier Express and the Bernina Express – two names that stand for quintessential classic train travelling. When UNESCO bestowed the accolade of World Heritage Site on the Rhaetian Railway's Albula and Bernina train lines in 2008, St. Moritz became the only destination in the world to unite both the Olympic Games and the UNESCO labels.

Grand hotels and star-rated restaurants

St. Moritz is well known for its grand hotels and high-end gastronomy: Set in a privileged position over Lake St. Moritz, the Badrutt's Palace Hotel is, possibly, the most famous hotel in the Alps and no doubt an icon of St. Moritz's league of five-star hotels. The Kulm Hotel St. Moritz can even claim to be the inventor of winter holidays. Numerous other luxury and first-class hotels have been shaping the image of St. Moritz for decades. Award-winning restaurants top it all off – the valley at an altitude of 1,856 metres amasses so many Gault Millau points that «haute cuisine» gets a whole new meaning.

Outstanding leisure and sporting activities

The Via Serlas is to St. Moritz what the Rodeo Drive is to Los Angeles. Just a bit more condensed. High-end art galleries round off the exclusive shopping opportunities in the town centre. The Segantini Museum is internationally renown, and the St. Moritz Casino caters for entertainment late into the night. Those inclined to be sporty will be thrilled by the Olympic Bob Run St. Moritz–Celerina and the Cresta Run, two legendary bobsleigh and skeleton institutions. Top events on the frozen Lake St. Moritz such as the White Turf horse races and the Snow Polo World Cup are just as legendary. They have long become the extravagant social highlights in St. Moritz's remarkable calendar of events that so far counted five Alpine World Ski Championships.

Registered trademark

The St. Moritz sun logo and lettering have been used to promote the world's most famous winter holiday destination for over 80 years. They replaced the previous snow bunny logo in 1930, making them the oldest tourism trademarks still in use today. Four versions of the sun logo were registered as early as 1937, while the St. Moritz lettering was registered in 1986 – making it the first geographical location in the world to be trademarked.


St. Moritz in winter

150 years ago, the hotelier Johannes Badrutt made a bold bet with his English summer guests, promising them mild Engadine sunshine in mid-winter. Badrutt won the bet and St. Moritz went on to become one of the world's most exceptional winter sports resorts. 

For winter sports enthusiasts there are 350 kilometres of pistes with a state-of-the-art infrastructure in the surrounding area. St. Moritz's 'house mountain', the Corviglia, boasts the steepest start slope in Switzerland with the Piz Nair Wall's 100 per cent vertiginous drop. Toboggan riders plunge down the icy run which is one of the oldest natural ice bob runs in the world. For winter hikers there are 150 km of winter walking trails and for cross-country skiers there is a track network of about 200 km. The snowboard fun park, curling and altitude training are just some of the other winter sports facilities.

Skiing in St. Moritz

Although skiing seems only a small part of everything that's happening at St Moritz that can only be because St Moritz is such an unusual resort. At any other destination the first thing you would notice is the huge skiable terrain, one of the world's largest, great vertical drops, snow-sure altitudes (with a glacier and extensive snow making for added security) and a nice modern lift system.

The Engadin ski pass, which takes in St Moritz's ski areas and several others, covers 350km of terrain of which about 80km are local to St Moritz and its three separate ski areas of Corviglia, Corvatsch above neighbouring Silvaplana and the Diavolezza Glacier area.

The resort is not well known as a beginner's choice: the steep mountain sides above it mean that nursery slopes are limited and 'easy runs' make up only 10 per-cent of the total. One of the best options is to take the Corviglia funicular to the top of the easiest runs back down to the town. On the other hand this is a great choice for intermediates who in contrast have 70 per-cent of the area coloured in red for their enjoyment on mostly wide, immaculately groomed slopes. Highlights include the Piz Nair run down for 8km to Celerina.

Experts too will find plenty to entertain them, particularly if they venture off-piste with a guide. The remaining 20 per-cent of the runs are blacks, but they tend to be spread around the various ski areas rather than there being an 'experts mountain' such as there is at Aspen. Highlights on-piste include the Piz Lagalb slopes, the Corvatsch glacier, the Morteratsch run from Diavolezza and the Hahnensee black back down to St Moritz Bad.

Snowboarding in St. Moritz

It may come as a surprise to some that St Moritz is a top snowboarding destination, or that the first Snowboard World Championships in Europe for the sport took place here in the 'early days' of 1987. But, if you think about it, it must be important to the resort to excel in this winter sport as it does in all others, getting in there early with the first international competitions just as it did for skating, curling, skiing or bobsleigh.

Today there are several snow parks and a half pipe dotted around Engadin and an awful lot besides to entertain even the most hardened boarder.


St. Moritz in summer

As well as traditional hiking and mountain biking, guests can also try their hand at sailing, rowing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, tennis, minigolf or horse riding. The Ludains Ice Arena is also open to skaters throughout the summer, while golfers will find an Alpine paradise with four courses in the surrounding area. Romantic carriage rides around the lake, through the Staz forest or the grand town itself are among the highlights of a stay in St. Moritz. Mountaineers also have plenty of options in Upper Engadine and there are 17 climbing gardens of various difficulty levels to complete the facilities.


St. Moritz info card

Resort Altitude1770m
Highest Lift3303m
Total Piste350km
Longest Run12km
Directions of SlopesAll
Total Lifts55
Gondolas/Cable cars8
Chairlifts3
Drag Lifts41
Snow Parks1

Transportation - Get In


By plane

St. Moritz boasts its very own airport. Visitors can fly into Engadin Airport by private plane, charter flight, or air taxi. Engadin Airport offers direct flights to any European destination upon request, as well as helicopter flights – with discretion and without delay. Further information is available at www.engadin-airport.ch.


By bus or car

Excellent mountain roads lead to St. Moritz from the northern parts of Switzerland, the Ticino, Italy, and Austria – ideal for your road trip by car or public transportation. The ride from Zurich or Milan takes approximately 3 hours, 4 hours from Munich. Should you want to avoid the drive over the mountain pass, you can take the car train in Klosters/Selfranga (consult www.vereina.ch for further information). www.strassen.gr.ch provides continual updates on the state of the roads in the Canton of Grisons.


By train

The train ride to the Engadin on the Rhaetian Railway (RhB) – from either Chur via the Albula Pass or Tirano (Italy) via the Bernina Pass – not only takes you along one of the most picturesque routes in all of Europe, with its loop tunnels and viaducts with vertiginous drops, it is also a fascinating trip for anyone even remotely interested in railway technology. From Landquart, you may also travel to St. Moritz via Klosters and the Vereina tunnel. The train ride from Zurich main station to St. Moritz takes 3 hours. The timetable can be consulted online at www.sbb.ch or www.rhb.ch; train tickets are available online as well.

Transportation - Get Around

Very good Public transport around St.Moritz. Biking is also very good around St.Moritz. St.Moritz itself is sometimes a bit steep. Very few public parking places in wintertime.

Accommodation & Hotels


BADRUTT'S PALACE HOTEL

 

DESCRIPTION OF BADRUTT'S PALACE HOTEL

The Badrutts Palace Hotel opened in 1896 by Caspar Badrutt was the first palace hotel in the world. For more than 100 years it has enjoyed an international reputation of high hospitality. The Badrutts Palace Hotel with its tower and the unforgettable silhouette has become a symbol of St. Mortiz. The famous palace occupies a central but quiet location in 23000 sqm. --6 acres-- with an extraordinary view over the St. Moritz Lake and its surrounding mountains. The own Guest Relations team is always on top of their clients needs. Furthermore the Badrutts Palace Hotel is equipped with large variety of restaurants bars and one night club as well as retail shops of international luxury brands. The hotel offers 120 comfortable rooms- incl. complimentary mini bar. 37 junior suites and suites- personal butler service for suites- included. At the heights of relaxation.Surrounded by the majestic peaks of the Swiss Alps a unique place has been created which unites specialized wellness facilities and treatments with the nature and beauty of the Engadin valley. Palace Wellness is a refuge, designed to follow the excellence, tradition and history of the Badrutts Palace Hotel.As of summer season 2010 the last stage of the Palace Wellness renovation has been completed. The Kids Club Palazzino with direct access to the outdoor playground, a fitness area with the latest fitness and cardio equipment as well as La Diala - the restaurant with light and local cuisine await you in new splendor. Palace Wellness is an Alpine heaven. Ten individually decorated treatment rooms, the Wet Zone/ Palace Spa with various saunas and steam baths, the indoor pool and heated outdoor pool as well as the sport grounds complete the Palace Wellness experience in style.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this hotel for business travelers.
    • Guests say this is a nice lake hotel.
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly service
    • Nice building
    • Professional service
    • Comfortable beds
  • BADRUTT'S PALACE HOTEL SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 95, this hotel is one of the top 1% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, rooms and amenities.

     


KULM HOTEL ST. MORITZ

 

DESCRIPTION OF KULM HOTEL ST. MORITZ

A stay at the Kulm Hotel St. Moritz is the peak of indulgence. Situated amidst the majestic mountainous landscape of the Upper Engadine valley, the hotel has welcomed guests from all around the world for the past 150 years. From this stems a unique aura of tradition, coupled with luxurious elegance. Superb rooms and suites, masterful cuisine, warm hospitality, and a unique -Whatever you like- standard of service are what has given the Kulm Hotel such a magical power of attraction ever since its opening in 1856. This is the magic of the extra, 6th star. Furthermore follwing languages are spoken at the Hotel: GERMAN * ENGLISH * FRENCH * ITALIAN *TRANSLATERS ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST* Moreover the Hotel Kulm in St. Moritz has a full spa on two floors (size of 1200 square meters) In summer privately owned 9 hole golf course on hotel premises. In winter, curling rinks and ice skating rink.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
    • Guests recommend this hotel for golfers.
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly service
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Nice building
    • Great view
  • KULM HOTEL ST. MORITZ SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 94, this hotel is one of the top 3% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, rooms and location.

     


SUVRETTA HOUSE

 

DESCRIPTION OF SUVRETTA HOUSE

Only hotel in St.Moritz with direct access to ski lifts and ski slopes. Ski-in and ski-out. Private ski lift on site. Ski school and ski shop. Quiet location in privileged residential neighbourhood. Hiking trails start from hotel. 2km from St.Moritz centre. Complimentary Shuttle bus to town center. All rooms with lake or mountain view. Teddy Club childrens restaurant serves special dinner from 6 pm to 7.30 pm

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Great menu
    • Great view
    • Friendly service
    • Professional service
  • SUVRETTA HOUSE SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 94, this hotel is one of the top 8% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, rooms and location.

HOTEL GIARDINO

 

DESCRIPTION OF HOTEL GIARDINO

Located in Champfer, Hotel Giardino Mountain is a perfect starting point from which to explore Saint Moritz. The hotel offers a high standard of service and amenities to suit the individual needs of all travelers. 24-hour room service, free Wi-Fi in all rooms, daily housekeeping, fireplace, gift/souvenir shop are just some of the facilities on offer. Guestrooms are fitted with all the amenities you need for a good night's sleep. In some of the rooms, guests can find television LCD/plasma screen, slippers, wooden/parqueted flooring, internet access – wireless, heating. Take a break from a long day and make use of hiking trails, ski equipment rentals, ski lessons, watersports equipment rentals, wind surfing. No matter what your reasons are for visiting Saint Moritz, Hotel Giardino Mountain will make you feel instantly at home.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Friendly service
    • Rooms could be larger
    • Professional service
  • GIARDINO MOUNTAIN SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 93, this hotel is one of the top 1% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, rooms and Vibe.

SCHWEIZERHOF SWISS QUALITY HOTEL

 

DESCRIPTION

Schweizerhof Swiss Quality Hotel is a popular choice amongst travelers in Saint Moritz, whether exploring or just passing through. Both business travelers and tourists can enjoy the hotel's facilities and services. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms, daily housekeeping, 24-hour front desk, facilities for disabled guests, luggage storage are on the list of things guests can enjoy. Designed for comfort, selected guestrooms offer television LCD/plasma screen, mirror, sewing kit, slippers, towels to ensure a restful night. The hotel offers various recreational opportunities. Convenience and comfort makes Schweizerhof Swiss Quality Hotel the perfect choice for your stay in Saint Moritz.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
    • Guests recommend this hotel for solo travelers.
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly service
    • Great view
    • Rooms could be larger
    • Clean rooms
  • SCHWEIZERHOF SWISS QUALITY HOTEL SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 90, this hotel is one of the top 16% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and food.

     


KEMPINSKI GRAND HOTEL DES BAINS

DESCRIPTION

The Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains offers luxurious rooms, excellent restaurants, a contemporary and elegant lobby and bar and the High Alpine Spa. On about 2800 sqm the grand spa offers a heated indoor pool, a mixed sauna area with a bio sauna, a Finnish sauna, a steam bath, a solarium and a Laconium as well as a ladies' spa with a bio sauna, a steam bath and an aroma grotto. There is also a quiet rest area with many comforts. Spirited and charismatic is the cuisine at the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains. The chefs trust the mountain products and truly love superior cuisine.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this as a wellness hotel
    • Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly service
    • Professional service
    • Friendly atmosphere
    • Spacious rooms
  • KEMPINSKI GRAND HOTEL DES BAINS SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 89, this hotel is one of the top 18% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, rooms and breakfast.

     


HAUSER SWISS QUALITY HOTEL

DESCRIPTION

Ideally located in the prime touristic area of Saint Moritz, Hauser Swiss Quality Hotel promises a relaxing and wonderful visit. Offering a variety of facilities and services, the hotel provides all you need for a good night's sleep. All the necessary facilities, including free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park, are at hand. Designed for comfort, selected guestrooms offer television LCD/plasma screen, internet access – wireless, internet access – wireless (complimentary), non smoking rooms, heating to ensure a restful night. The hotel offers various recreational opportunities. Discover all Saint Moritz has to offer by making Hauser Swiss Quality Hotel your base.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests say it is the perfect hotel for a city trip.
    • This is a wonderful boutique hotel, as guests say.
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly service
    • Clean rooms
    • Well-maintained rooms
    • Comfortable beds
  • HAUSER SWISS QUALITY HOTEL SUMMARY
    • This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 89. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and location.

     


CRYSTAL HOTEL SUPERIOR

DESCRIPTION

Ideally located in the prime touristic area of Saint Moritz, Crystal Hotel Superior promises a relaxing and wonderful visit. The hotel offers a wide range of amenities and perks to ensure you have a great time. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park are just some of the facilities on offer. All rooms are designed and decorated to make guests feel right at home, and some rooms come with television LCD/plasma screen, mirror, internet access – wireless, internet access – wireless (complimentary), non smoking rooms. Entertain the hotel's recreational facilities, including fitness center, sauna, golf course (within 3 km), skiing, spa. Friendly staff, great facilities and close proximity to all that Saint Moritz has to offer are three great reasons you should stay at Crystal Hotel Superior.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests say it is the perfect hotel for a city trip.
    • Guests think this is a perfect airport hotel.
    • Guests recommend this as a wellness hotel
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Good minibar
    • Friendly service
    • Clean rooms
    • Great reception
  • CRYSTAL HOTEL SUPERIOR SUMMARY
    • This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 88. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and location.

     


HOTEL STEFFANI

DESCRIPTION

The 4 Star Steffani Hotel is located in the heart of St. Moritz; just a short walk from the lake and the Chantarella funicular. The Steffani is run by Brigitte and Peter Marky; the third generation of the family of owners to run the hotel. With its meticulously furnished rooms and choice antiques; the hotel radiates hospitality and warmth. Guests here will find everything they need for a pleasant stay; 56 perfectly furnished rooms and five suites; an indoor pool and sauna; banqueting halls and function rooms; three restaurants and three bars. All guest rooms feature a TV; radio; telephone; Internet; safe and mini bar. A few rooms have spacious balconies or terraces with an amazing view to the hills or the beautiful lake of St.Moritz. The hotel has plenty to offer the palate as well; the Lapin Bleu which specializes in Italian and Swiss cuisine; and Le Mandarin which is the only Chinese restaurant in St. Moritz. Then there is the Cresta Bar and Cava Bar; both of them popular haunts for locals and guests looking for a leisurely cocktail or nightcap. During the winter season; the first-floor Stubli Bar opens its doors to both guests and non-guests alike; and is a great place to linger for a chat with the crazy Cresta riders before having dinner in the Stuva Grill. Outdoor parking is available at the hotel free of charge. Garage parking is also available at the hotel at a charge. Additional Information; Children aged 5 and under stay free in the room with parents and in existing bedding. Children aged 6-12 receive a 50pct reduction. Children over this age will be considered an adult. The hotel reserves the right to without prior notification cancel any reservation with an invalid or incomplete credit card number.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
    • This is a wonderful boutique hotel, as guests say.
    • Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Good shuttle service
    • Friendly service
    • Spacious rooms
    • Hotel could use some updating
  • HOTEL STEFFANI SUMMARY
    • This hotel has a very good TrustScore of 86. Guests recommend it because of its rooms, service and location.

     


SKYLINE HOUSE FERIENAPARTMENTS

DESCRIPTION

The Skyline House is a quietly situated apartment house near the lake of St. Moritz, and with a bus stop right in front. Its indoor pool is accessible free of charge.Entirely renovated in spring 2016, the fully equipped apartments all come with a kitchen and a balcony.The Skyline House is only 5 to 10 minutes' walk from the shopping facilities. The next cable car station is 900 metres away. The bus station for St. Moritz village and several ski destinations is right across the street.You can park your car for free on site. Garage parking is available at an additional cost.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests say this is a nice lake hotel.
    • Guests say it is the perfect hotel for a city trip.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Great view
  • SKYLINE HOUSE FERIENAPARTMENTS SUMMARY
    • This hotel has a very good TrustScore of 85. Guests recommend it because of its location, rooms and comfort.

     


Ski Area

The three main ski areas of St. Moritz, extensive Corviglia, varied Corvatsch and challenging Diavolezza, all have excellent snow conditions thanks to the high altitude of most of the slopes.

If the skiing in the St. Moritz region was all linked by lift and piste, it would be truly impressive. It's not bad as it is, with 158km of piste in the main area directly above St. Moritz and excellent snow conditions thanks to the 2000m-plus altitude of most of the slopes. A good bus system links the three biggest areas which are sufficiently far apart to mean they are best skied individually on separate days.


Corviglia

Most extensive is Corviglia, the south facing domain directly above town, accessed by a cable car from St. Moritz Bad, a funicular from the centre of St. Moritz Dorf and via gondola from the neighbouring village of Celerina. The highest point, 3057m Piz Nair, takes skiers into the back bowls or off piste down a broad chute back to the lower slopes. Here, below Munt da San Murezzan and Corviglia, are wide open blue and red runs made to flatter skiers and boarders, but also a lot of fun to carve at speed. Tougher terrain drops to both sides of the Fuorcla Grischa and Las Trais Fluors, at the eastern extremity of the area. On a sunny day - there's an average 322 per year - this is classic skiing surrounded by huge mountain vistas.


Corvatsch

The second biggest area in St. Moritz, Corvatsch, is reached by cable car from Surlej or Furtschellas at either end of Lake Silvaplana. The 3,303m top station just 150m below the summit of Piz Corvatsch is the starting point for big glacier descents back to the area's lower skiing. There's also an epic off-piste route that descends the initially precipitous, then merely huge north west face of Corvatsch, to emerge conveniently into the piste system near Curtinella.

At the western end of the area, the Furtschellas chairlift reaches just 2800m which still leaves over 1000 vertical metres back to the valley floor, with a couple of black runs mixed in with blues and reds. The central pistes are reasonably long, varied but not especially challenging reds; strong skiers staying in St. Moritz Bad have an excellent last run from the eastern extremity of the area at 2643m Giand'Alva down a long black into forested lower slopes to return direct to town instead of bussing back from either of the base stations.


Diavolezza

At a glance St. Moritz's third area barely qualifies in terms of quantity of lifts - just three, plus a beginner drag - and is furthest from town. But this is where most of the serious skiing is to be found. From the Bernina-Diavolezza base station at 2095m a cable car rises to 2978m. The high east-facing slopes always hold good snow - early or late season you can lap the high chairlift that accesses one red run in a north facing bowl.

Heading down to base, the choice is between red or black, with a marked and controlled freeride route running parallel for half the distance. The region's ultimate marked freeride route traverses from the very top across the Pers glacier and then down the Morteratsch glacier and valley for a 10km run back to the train station at Morteratsch.


Bernina-Lagalp

On the opposite side of the valley and linked with the Bernina-Diavolezza base by free shuttle bus is the base station of Bernina-Lagalp from where a cable car ascends to 2,893m. Red and black runs descend the north-west facing slopes while to the south is an off piste route to La Rösa, 1000 vertical metres below and with a shuttle service back to base.

Ski lifts

St Moritz ski lift capacity is good, the lift ticket system is hands-free and queuing is not a major issue.


St Moritz Ski Lifts

The updated lift-system still shows its roots: seven big cable cars do much of the work and there are 27 drag lifts. But chairlift capacity is good and with multiple access points into the main ski areas, and hands-free lift passes queuing is not a major feature. Total lift capacity is 65,000 people per hour.


St Moritz Lift Pass

Practically every lift in the Engadin valley is covered by the standard lift pass, but don't be fooled - you'll just ski the three main areas in the immediate vicinity of St. Moritz.

Activities & Things to do ( Winter )


SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING IN ST. MORITZ

St. Moritz’s local mountain Corviglia and the neighbouring Corvatsch and Diavolezza skiing areas promise a first-class skiing experience. 

Early birds swear by the "white carpet" on Corviglia, carving their first tracks of the day into the fresh powder snow. To get them there, the Chantarella funicular railway and the Marguns gondola lift begin their steady skyward climb at 7:45 am. In the early morning light, skiers gather at the top of Piz Nair (3,057 m a.s.l.). Before them lies a stunning Alpine panorama, World Cup-quality downhill runs and the Corviglia Snow Park with a variety of obstacles, small ski jumps and a fun slope.

The Corviglia skiing area is home to 15 mountain restaurants where you can recharge your batteries. The selection ranges from simple, home-made specialities through to first-class gourmet dining. Tips: Reto Mathis’ caviar delicacies, cool drinks at the quattro BAR or a glass of champagne in the legendary Alpina Hütte. Prefer something sweet? According to the New York Times, el paradiso Hütte serves the "best cream slice in the world".

Snow cover is guaranteed in Engadin St. Moritz thanks to its ideal altitude of 1,800 to 3,303 metres. Cutting-edge facilities ensure minimal waiting times and maximum efficiency in a region renowned for its rich natural diversity – in fact, it was here that the notion of winter tourism was invented over 150 years ago. It’s simply carving heaven, with freeride slopes, wide beginners’ pistes and even the world’s first yoga piste. In short, St. Moritz does skiing and snow like a pro.

350 km of piste

Beyond Corviglia, winter holidaymakers can also look forward to the fabulous Corvatsch, Diavolezza and Zuoz skiing areas. There are also smaller, more family-oriented village ski lifts in places like Samedan and Pontresina. Altogether the Engadin St. Moritz winter sports region boasts a massive 350 kilometres of ski runs. 


WINTER WALKING IN ST. MORITZ

The best way to experience nature is to explore it on foot. Winter walkers are spoilt for choice in the Engadin St. Moritz region, which is zigzagged with routes ranging from simple forest paths to trails suitable for prams.

When Engadin is blanketed with a thick layer of snow, the valley radiates an even deeper and cleaner sense of calm. You may not even notice how quiet it is until you break the silence with the satisfying crunch of fresh snow underfoot. There are up to 150 km of groomed winter walking trails through this fairytale landscape. The trails are well-signposted, so that only your meandering thoughts will get lost in this spectacular Alpine landscape.

Into neighbouring valleys and over frozen lakes
The central Engadin region from St. Moritz to Bever features a dense network of winter walking trails with countless route variations – from simple short walks, through to longer hikes through the snow. You’ll be in the heart of the action as you traverse the trails through the main valley or walk across Lake St. Moritz. While in the neighbouring valleys Val Roseg and Val Bever, a dreamlike landscape of pristine wilderness awaits.

Pleasant walking weather
The average winter temperature in Engadin is around -9 degrees Celsius. At night it can drop to slightly below -20 degrees, but thanks to the dry climate, it never feels colder than -6 degrees in regions with higher humidity. In February the average humidity level is 57%.


CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING IN ST. MORITZ

The cross-country skiing network around St. Moritz covers over 220 kilometres. It includes Switzerland’s most famous trail: the Engadin Skimarathon route from Maloja to S-chanf.

This snowy Swiss paradise promises spectacular cross-country skiing conditions: a richly diverse landscape, exceptional track quality and fabulously reliable snow cover. If you’d prefer to take things easy, follow the direct route past the three lakes or enjoy Engadin’s longest gliding zone near Zuoz. More ambitious skiers can tackle the legendary marathon route, head to the picturesque neighbouring valleys or do laps of the racing circuit near St. Moritz, where you can continue training late into the evening on the night track. Meanwhile those keen to move up in the world set out from the Diavolezza valley station towards the Bernina pass, following the tracks of the world’s slowest fast train: the Bernina Express. Even further up on Alp Bondo, die-hard skiers can do their thing right through the spring: the glacier trail on the Bernina pass is groomed from mid-March.

Highlight of the winter: the Engadin Skimarathon

It all begins with the Women’s Race, one week before the main event. On a 17 km trail between Samedan and S-chanf, over 1,000 women take part in the Women’s Race on the first weekend in March to mark the beginning of the Engadin Skimarathon week. And every Friday before the Engadin Skimarathon, top cross-country skiers from around the world meet for the famous night sprint in St. Moritz Bad. During the actual Engadin Skimarathon, around 13,000 men and women tackle the 42 km trail between Maloja and S-chanf or the half-marathon from Maloja to Pontresina.


ICE SKATING IN ST. MORITZ

St. Moritz gains a new attraction as of winter 2017/18. The «Glatschin» ice rink, on Plazza Rosatsch with market stands in St. Moritz Bad, will be a popular centre for winter fun from December to February.

St. Moritz has a proud tradition of figure skating that dates back over 100 years. Even then, renowned skating instructors worked their magic on almost twenty ice rinks. The town often held skating festivals of the highest order, with fabulous facilities and technically skilled participants in lavish costumes. Unforgettable are also the figure skating events at the Winter Olympics in 1928 and 1948.

«Glatschin» – ice rink, market stands, «gastro village» and Christmas fair 
Today almost every village in the Upper Engadin boasts some kind of ice skating rink during the winter months. In St. Moritz above all Ludains ice arena and the ice rinks at the five-star hotels. As of December 2017 the «Glatschin» rink in St. Moritz Bad will also offer plenty of ice-skating fun. It will be open Wednesdays to Sundays from December until February, with skate rental facilities. Visitors can also enjoy the various market stands selling Christmas gifts and decorations as well as local handicrafts.

The «gastro village» culinary offering includes a grill stand, Engadine specialities, confectionery, mulled wine and punch, as well as many other goodies. A truly festive atmosphere will be ensured by the Christmas fair from December 6 to the beginning of January. Glatschin ice rink, open from 4 to 8.30 pm, will also be an ideal aprés-ski rendezvous and launching pad into the St. Moritz nightlife!


ST. MORITZ-CELERINA OLYMPIC BOB RUN

The St. Moritz-Celerina Olympic bob run isn’t simply the only natural ice track in the world – it’s a legend in its own right. A fact that quickly becomes clear once you climb aboard.

Bob tracks in Europe, North America and Japan all have to be artificially refrigerated. Not so in St. Moritz. The world’s oldest bob run relies exclusively on snow, water and manpower. The story of the St. Moritz bob run, like it’s unusual construction, is quite unique. Since it was completed in 1904, it has played host to numerous European and World Championships, as well as two Winter Olympic Games. Every year skeleton and luge athletes also compete on this historic track.

The fastest taxi in St. Moritz

Driver at the front, pusher at the back and two passengers in between: the narrow bobsleigh rockets through the course, relaying every bump and groove. For the first hundred metres, you’ll still have time to admire the landscape whizzing past. But then the high-speed corners will press you deeper and deeper into the sleigh. At the infamous «Horse Shoe corner» the ice taxi is subjected to a g-force of five times its own weight, a feat that is routinely rewarded by cheers from the spectators. Now the bobsleigh really picks up speed, reaching up to 130 km/h in the home stretch. After just 75 seconds the adrenaline rush is over. You’ll leave the track buzzing and filled with a new found respect for your courageous driver. That’s more or less what it’s like to be a passenger on the bob run. The bobsleighs used for the taxi rides are slightly modified four-man racing bobsleighs. They’re driven by experienced bob pilots and accompanied by a brakeman. Passengers sit in between, in positions two and three. The rides are generally held during the day after training or competitions and must be booked in advance.

ST. MORITZ-CELERINA OLYMPIC BOB RUN

  • Starting line: 1,852 m a.s.l.
  • Finishing line: 1,738 m a.s.l.
  • Length: 1,722 m
  • Difference in altitude: 130 m
  • Average downhill gradient: 8.14%
  • 14 corners
  • Top speed: up to 135 km/h
  • Centrifugal force: up to 4.5 G
  • Constructed using 15,000 m3 of snow
  • Operating since 1904
  • Oldest and only remaining natural ice track in the world

www.olympia-bobrun.ch


CRESTA RUN ST. MORITZ

Hurtling down an ice track head-first at 140 km/h while keeping your nose just a few centimetres above the ice. In St. Moritz, this kind of incredible adrenaline rush is only possible on the legendary Cresta Run.

Brave men in full-body suits on trumped-up ironing boards with handles transform themselves into human torpedoes. Introducing Cresta in St. Moritz – this unusual sport later evolved into what we now know as skeleton, and has been carried out on an ice track between St. Moritz and Celerina since 1884.

High speed manoeuvres

It looks as crazy as it sounds: the athletes lie on sleds like tadpoles. At the wide end is the full-face helmet, while behind, the rider’s legs wriggle around in an attempt to steer the vehicle. Skilful manoeuvring is key. For unlike a bobsleigh run, the shape of the Cresta Run is a wide open "U", which means you can fly right off the track if you’re not careful.

Legendary shuttlecock separates the wheat from the chaff

There are two starting lines on the Cresta Run: the full-length version begins at "Top", while a shorter two-thirds option starts at "Junction". Beginners are only allowed to start at the latter, and for good reason: the average speed clocked up by the best riders from a standing start is around 90 km/h, and the top speed on the lower part of the track is approximately 140 km/h. The most notorious of the ten corners is the "shuttlecock". It acts as a kind of safety valve for sleds that are too fast and out of control. The surrounding area is hence padded with hay bales. Riders who exit this corner with a display of aerial acrobatics gain entry to the "shuttlecock club" – and from then on can officially wear a red neck tie in the Cresta Club. The current Cresta record has been held by Brit James Sunley since 1999 when he completed the run in just 50.09 seconds.

Gentlemen only

The Cresta Run is an adventure, it’s like playing with fire – which is precisely what makes it so fascinating. Normally the Cresta Run opens shortly before Christmas and closes at the start of March. Over thirty high-calibre races are held here throughout the winter. And it’s all very British: the announcer speaks exclusively in English, many riders wear historical sports clothing and good old-fashioned British manners are also writ large. The Cresta Club is one of the few remaining men’s clubs. Women are not allowed to use the run, except on the very last day of the season.

Beginners welcome

The Cresta Club is indeed very exclusive, but non-members are also welcome to try their luck. Originally, the club’s members were almost exclusively British or American. However it’s become more open in the last few years and today many members hail from Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Austria and France. Members consider it a great honour to teach beginners and introduce them to the world of the Cresta Run, and to thereby ensure this long-standing winter tradition lives on.

www.cresta-run.com

THE CRESTA RUN

  • Route: St. Moritz - Celerina
  • Length: 1,214 m
  • Difference in altitude: 157 m
  • Downhill gradient: up to 8.7%
  • 10 corners
  • Top speed: up to 140 km/h
  • Track record: 50.09 seconds, held by British rider James Sunley since 1999

BEGINNERS

  • Minimum age: 18 years
  • Men only
  • Price: CHF 600 for the first five runs
  • Includes helmet, sled, spiked shoes, hand, elbow and knee protection
  • Instructions and advice from experienced riders

CURLING IN ST. MORITZ

St. Moritz is a curling pioneer: it was here that the first curling tournament was held on mainland Europe. Today, numerous curling clubs pay homage to this tradition.

It must have been one of the first Scottish winter visitors who sent St. Moritz tourism pioneer Johannes Badrutt four pairs of curling stones. Badrutt was looking for alternative winter activities for his hotel guests and immediately ordered the production of enough stones so that play could commence in 1880. It was curling’s continental première.

Today Engadin continues to be an outstanding location for both training and competitions. There’s a guarantee of ice on the outdoor rinks and the surfaces are wonderfully maintained by several curling clubs. If you’re keen to try your hand at this team sport, you can take part in an introductory group session and experience the spirit of curling.

The local tourist information centres will provide you with details regarding ice rink opening hours, rental shops, curling and Bavarian curling courses, as well as rink rental. More information about places to play curling in Engadin and current rink conditions are available at www.engadin.stmoritz.ch/curling.


SLEDDING IN ST. MORITZ

Engadin St. Moritz boasts a variety of sled runs, both large and small. The mother of them all starts at Muottas Muragl. Anyone who takes the 20-minute train ride to the top is rewarded with Preda-Bergün – Switzerland’s most famous winter rollercoaster.

As soon as the temperature starts to drop and the first snow has fallen, mountain passes and hiking trails turn into inviting snow-white tracks that are just perfect for sledding. In addition to shorter runs and easy routes for a carefree slip and slide, the Engadin St. Moritz region also has six sled runs that are anything but run-of-the-mill. The most famous of all starts at Muottas Muragl, has 20 corners and covers 4.2 km as it winds its way towards the valley. Sleds can be hired directly from the valley station and the starting point can be easily reached aboard the Muottas Muragl funicular railway. Depending on the snow conditions and visibility, the railway is open daily between 9:30 am and 4 pm from December until March. It is not suitable for small children.

Close by: the Preda-Bergün sled run

Switzerland’s most famous sled run is just around the corner: a 20-minute train ride is all it takes to reach the top of the run from Preda to Bergün. The 6 km route follows the Albula railway line, which was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2008. A permanent snow-making machine ensures the sled run can be used throughout the entire winter. Around 2,000 rental sleds are kept at the Preda mountain railway station and can be returned afterwards in Bergün.

MUOTTAS MURAGL SLED RUN

  • Start: Muottas Muragl mountain railway station, 2,456 m a.s.l.
  • End: Punt Muragl, 1,745 m a.s.l.
  • Descent in altitude 705 m
  • 20 corners
  • 4.2 km

 

Activities & Things to do ( Summer )


MOUNTAIN BIKING IN ENGADIN ST. MORITZ

The Engadin bike scene is bustling: new bike trails are being built, hotels are increasingly targeting bikers, bike schools are promoting attractive offers, and bike events are attracting an international crowd. In short, an active Engadine biking community is developing in one of the most beautiful biking areas ever.

Free-flowing or ridden with obstacles, in alpine terrain or along the lakes in the plane. Whether you're looking for the best singletrack, the most breathtaking descent, or the most spectacular tour, the experts, who know the valley inside out, will have something in store for you; during the biking season, local biking schools many organised tours. Cyclist hotels and the mountain cableways will cater for your comfort; the cableway will take you and your bike up to the Piz Nair at an altitude of 3,000 metres.

Corviglia, the biker hotspot

Just to get the record straight: the Upper Engadine has plenty of trails to suit every skill level. Corviglia is at the heart of it – St. Moritz's signature mountain has become the place to be for bikers. The flow trails – mountain biking roller coasters with banked curves, bumps and jumps – have done their bit to contribute to it. The «Foppettas Flow Trail» and the «Olympia Trail», both built in recent years, are joining the ranks of the original «Corviglia Flow Trail», whose fame reaches beyond Switzerland's borders. All three of them are ideal for families, being suitable for children aged 12 or up. Cycling the St. Moritz railway tour is a must do for endurance riders; the tour will take you along the many singletracks on Corviglia and Piz Nair, providing a formidable descent totalling 6,400 vertical meters. Almost de rigueur for many mountain bikers is a break for some food and drinks at the Alto Bar next to the Chantarella cableway station on your way up to Corviglia. Luis Navarro and Laura Peka and their team will tingle your taste buds with succulent burgers and homemade chorizos.

Unbeatable classic routes

St. Moritz and the Engadine have much more to offer than flow trails and railway tours. Classics such as the «Bernina Express» to Poschiavo, the «Suvretta Loop» into the Val Bever or the «Trais Flours Tour» to Celerina sound like a well-tuned Shimano XTR derailleur to the ears of any mountain biker. The Upper Engadin Lake Route, meanwhile, provides a perfect alternative with a fantastic view. You can opt between riding along the water's edge or high above the lakes on exhilarating singletracks, taking detours to neighbouring valleys, such as the Val Fex. The tour, hence, appeals to laid-back cyclists and daredevils alike.

Great for mountain bikers: «Mountain railways included»

With the «mountain railways included» package, a number of Engadine hotels offer their guests staying two nights or more free travel on up to 13 railways, including free bike transport on Corviglia, St. Moritz's local mountain. That's the perfect start to a great cycling holiday in one of Switzerland's most attractive biking regions. And, we're not saying that just to promote our biking region, but because, we too are avid mountain bikers. 

«Ride with a local» – day outings in groups guaranteed from Friday to Sunday

Throughout the summer, from Fridays to Sundays, Herbert.bike, in cooperation with the Bike School Engadin, organises group outings guaranteed to take place. Take your pick between the Corviglia Grand Tour (on Fridays), the Bernina Express to Poschiavo (on Saturdays), and the Lake Ride along the Lakes of the Upper Engadine (on Sundays). You can sign up for the bike outing by 6 PM the evening before at either the Bike School Engadin or one of herbert.bike's partner hotels.


HIKING IN ENGADIN ST. MORITZ

In and around St. Moritz, mountain railways provide convenient access to three 3,000 metre giants: the Piz Nair, the Corvatsch and the Diavolezza. Add to that Corviglia, St. Moritz’s local mountain, and the spectacular views from Muottas Muragl. But there are also plenty of great hiking options down in the valley.

St. Moritz visitors can head up Corviglia straight from the centre of town on the Chantarella funicular railway, or on the Signal cable car from St. Moritz Bad. From Corviglia station, you can then take the Piz Nair cable car up the mountain of the same name (3,057 m a.s.l.). The view from the panorama restaurant across St. Moritz, the Upper Engadin lake district and the Alpine ranges is simply out of this world. On your way to Piz Nair, you’ll also get a glimpse of the start of the world’s steepest ski run: the «Free Fall». But we’re not here to ski. There are numerous hiking trails throughout Corviglia/Piz Nair. 

Muottas Muragl, Diavolezza and Corvatsch

There are more hiking trails and absolutely fantastic views – and we don’t use that word lightly – on Muottas Muragl and Diavolezza. The quaint Muottas-Muragl railway climbs to 2,453 metres above sea level, where visitors are treated to the best view of the Upper Engadin lake district. No wonder so many famous poets, philosophers and painters were inspired by this lofty location. We’d even go so far as to say that if a Bollywood film were ever filmed in Engadin, the two main characters would definitely kiss on Muottas Muragl in the final scene. Or on Diavolezza, with its view of the Bernina massif and the eternal ice of the Morteratsch glacier. Diavolezza’s scenery is high Alpine at its best. It boasts eight mountain peaks that soar to around the 4,000 metre mark. It’s a feast for the eyes for nature lovers and a real hot spot for rock climbers and Alpine hikers. The highest point in the Upper Engadin that you could reach in your slippers is the Corvatsch mountain railway station at 3,303 m a.s.l. From here, visitors enjoy an impressive view of glaciers and lakes that are just begging to be explored. As you can see, you’re not likely to get bored hiking in the Upper Engadin.


SAILING AND ROWING ON LAKE ST. MORITZ

The legendary Maloja wind means that the Upper Engadin can host sailing regattas, even during the height of summer. And if there’s a lull early in the morning: go for a row! 

At an altitude of 1,800 metres above sea level, the Upper Engadin lakes tend to offer ideal wind conditions. Ranging between 3 and 6 on the Beaufort scale, the Maloja wind picks up during the morning and keeps on blowing until the sun sets. It fills sails on Lake St. Moritz too, which turns into a watersports arena in summer with an impressive panorama of the St. Moritz skyline and the surrounding mountains. But that’s not all: thanks to the valley’s southern light, you could be forgiven for thinking you were sailing on the open ocean.

Sailing school and clubhouse

If you’re keen to hone your sailing skills, head to the St. Moritz sailing school. The clubhouse at the St. Moritz Sailing Club is well equipped, with its own restaurant, sailing facilities and a boatyard. You can rent boats such as a Laser, Laser 16 and catamarans. Two ramps on the banks of the lake make it easy to launch your vessel and there are 60 spaces for small boats, as well as a jetty with a good 20 spaces. And should the wind decide to take a day off, you can rent a stand-up paddleboard, rowing boat or an electric bicycle.

Insider rowing tip

Once you’ve seen early morning rowers in action on Lake St. Moritz, you can’t help but instantly fall in love with this age-old watersport. The rhythmical movements and elegance of the boats are perfectly complimented by the stunning natural backdrop. Watch the first rays of sunshine dance on the water’s surface while most people are still having breakfast. It’s an experience every nature-loving sports enthusiast should have on their bucket list. Fun fact: elite rowers routinely train on Lake St. Moritz in preparation for important competitions and championship tournaments.


LAKE SWIMMING IN ENGADIN ST. MORITZ

The lakes of the Upper Engadin are a unique natural marvel. A string of lakes is cupped in the valley's open basin. The smaller lakes are perfect for a swim.

Let us impart the bad news first: The «big four» – namely Lake Sils, Lake Silvaplana, Lake Champfèr and Lake St. Moritz – may look tempting, but those in search of a pleasant swim may be in for a disappointment. As these lakes, whose deep waters are fed by the river Inn, hardly ever make it above the 17-degree mark even in summers. But now to the good news: There are other options. Indeed, there are several lakes around St. Moritz whose temperature will rise above 20 degrees despite their high elevation of 1,800 metres. The explanation is simple: Lej da Staz, Lej Marsch, and Lej Nair, three lakes nestling in the moor, are relatively shallow, and, given their dark colour, they pick up more of the sun's warmth.

Lake Staz, no doubt, is the classic place for lake swimming in the Upper Engadin. In 2003, Swiss photographer Michel Comte used the postcard scenery as a backdrop for a photo shoot, draping the Alpine lake with naked beauties. The first swimmers of the day and a few yoga buffs will be at the lake as early as 6 o'clock in the morning – every so often joined by a group of partygoers who have been partying in the St. Moritz night clubs and want to end the night in style and with a breath of fresh air… Besides Lake Staz, Lej Marsch and Lej Nair, too, are great spots for wild swimming. Despite the reeds and the boggy ground, there is plenty of space to spread out your beach towel, immerse yourself in a book, barbeque a sausage, or sip on the Prosecco you brought along in a cooler.


STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING IN ENGADIN ST. MORITZ

St. Moritz and the Engadin region are heaven on earth for stand-up paddleboarders. Seriously.

"It’s like the old windsurfing days," gushed surfing legend Robby Naish when the first European Stand-up Paddelboarding Championships were held at Lake St. Moritz in 2013. Even then it was clear that this corner of the world offers exceptional conditions for this relatively new sport, which was inspired by the canoeing method favoured by Polynesian fishermen in the open ocean.

Paddleboarders can be seen out and about at the crack of down, when the first rays of sunshine are warming the Upper Engadin lakes, and Lake St. Moritz is as smooth as glass. This lasts at least until midday, when the Maloja wind lures sailors down to the water. If you don’t have your own board, you can rent one from the St. Moritz Sailing Club.

That Hawaiian hang-loose feeling with a view of the Engadin Alps. It’s the perfect way to start the day.


WINDSURFING & KITESURFING IN ENGADIN ST. MORITZ

In summer, Lake St. Moritz is taken over by sailors and stand-up paddleboarders. Windsurfers and kitesurfers are more at home on nearby Lake Silvaplana, some 10 minutes away. And for good reason: Lake Silvaplana has made a name for itself all over the world as a kitesurfing hot spot, thanks to its excellent infrastructure, kiter beach and the reliably strong Maloja wind. The kitesurfers themselves can also take credit for this great reputation: there are not many other lakes where you’ll find such friendly and helpful people.

Björn Dunkerbeck knows where it’s at

Windsurfing legend Björn Dunkerbeck definitely appreciates Lake Silvaplana’s friendly vibe. The Danish athlete has made the lake his home away from home. In 2007 he even registered Silvaplana as his official place of residence. Up here, Björn can do all his altitude training: on a surfboard and mountain bike in summer, and on a snowboard in winter. In addition to the Maloja wind, he also loves the unique natural environment and the lake’s excellent infrastructure – such as the nearby camp sites, kitesurfing school and the Mulets Sports Centre and Windsurfing Centre.

Racing along at wind speeds of 4 to 5

The ideal weather conditions on Lake Silvaplana are sunny skies with flat pressure distribution or a south to south-westerly current. A thermal wind blows from the south-west from around 11:00 am until sunset – usually at a wind speed of 4 or 5. With a stronger south-westerly current, the wind can be even stronger and starts quite early (even if it’s overcast). Strong northerly winds are not ideal for Lake Silvaplana.


GOLF IN ST. MORITZ

Playing golf in Engadin calls for great concentration – when playing that decisive shot, the breathtaking natural surroundings can prove quite distracting.

In 1890 British visitors set up one of the first golf courses on mainland Europe on a meadow between today’s St. Moritz train station and the district of St. Moritz Bad. Soon thereafter, holidaymakers flocked to join the St. Moritz Golf Club. The sport took Engadin by storm. And continued to grow: in 1893 an 18-hole course and the Engadine Golf Club were set up in Samedan. Under the direction of Canadian golf course architect Les Furber, a further 18-hole course was added in Zuoz-Madulain in 2003. Today, St. Moritz and Engadin are among the most famous golfing destinations in the Alps. Allow us to briefly introduce the three Upper Engadin golf courses.

Kulm Golf St. Moritz

Interesting and challenging 9-hole golf course. One of the highest golf courses in Europe, just a 5-minute walk from the centre of town and nestled amongst the Engadin mountain landscape. At the Golf Academy, experienced pros help individuals and groups perfect their swing. Golfers must obtain a permit before they can play on the course.

www.stmoritz-golfclub.ch

Engadin Golf Samedan

The 18-hole Samedan golf course is set against a unique Alpine panorama. Old larch stands, lots of small streams and lakes make it a charming place to play. But don’t be mistaken, this is no walk in the park. All the greens are well defended by bunkers, trees and water. New training infrastructure with a driving range with around 40 tees, a pitch and chipping area, as well as a large putting green.

www.engadin-golf.ch

Engadin Golf Zuoz

Strength and endurance are important on the 18-hole course at Zuoz-Madulain. Unlike Samedan, this course rolls up and down throughout all 18 holes. As he drew up the design, golf architect Les Furber was convinced that even the most discerning golfers would love his work. Suffice to say, he was right.

www.engadin-golf.ch


TENNIS & SQUASH IN ST. MORITZ

You can play tennis and squash almost all year round in St. Moritz. The newly renovated Tennis & Squash Centre St. Moritz has everything you need.

The tennis centre in St. Moritz Bad has two outdoor clay courts with a fabulous view of the St. Moritz Alps, four indoor tennis courts and two squash courts. The tennis school offers professional lessons for players of all levels of ability. Private lessons are scheduled in the evenings or during the day; group lessons are available on request. You can hire racquets, balls and shoes at the centre. The tennis shop offers everything you need for a game of tennis or squash, and you can head to the tennis café for a drink or snack between sets.

By the way: we recommend wearing tennis shoes with minimal tread on the "Bross Slide Forte" indoor court surface. This specialised carpet features granules and is ideal for turning and sliding, which helps to reduce the strain on players’ joints.

 

Sights & Landmarks


ART IN ST. MORITZ

St. Moritz has been a magnet for luxury and sports holidaymakers from around the globe for decades. In recent years, the international art world, too, has been zeroing in on the Engadin's Alpine metropolis as the up-and-coming art hotspot.

«St. Moritz is the new Venice – the mountain region is becoming the hunting ground for galleries and art aficionados», titled the reputed «Neue Zürcher Zeitung» in February of 2017. Rightly so. For one, people tend to forget that the Engadin has long been a place for artists and the arts, for thought and dialogue – testament to it are the names of artists, writers and intellectuals such as Friedrich Nietzsche, Thomas Mann, Hermann Hesse, Giovanni Segantini, and Giacometti that are omnipresent here. As well, a number of international galleries are setting up shop in St. Moritz and the Engadine. The first one to open up a branch in St. Moritz was Galerie Karsten Greve from Cologne in 1999. Galerie Tschudi followed in 2002 with a subsidiary in Zuoz. Today, there is a plethora of international art galleries. Gmurzynska is long established, while Vito Schnabel, the son of the US American artist Julian Schnabel, opened up his new gallery only just recently. The galleries in St. Moritz attract arty young people with a foible for art events such as the Engadin Art Talks and the St. Moritz Art Masters.

St. Moritz Design Gallery: car park art

One gallery stands out among St. Moritz's many art galleries: it is the «St. Moritz Design Gallery» in the Serletta car park, located between the train station, the lake and the Palace Hotel. This particular art gallery is open twenty-four-seven every day of the year and sees one million visitors a year. 31 large illuminated vitrines, displaying valuable posters and photographs, line the pedestrian walkway and elevator that run down to the lake from the Badrutt's Palace Hotel. Eye-catching posters showcasing varying themes entertain passers-by around the clock in this unexpected art gallery.

St. Moritz Art Academy 

The St. Moritz Art Academy is a foundation that offers education and training in fine arts. Workshops on selected topics are held twice a year. The courses are taught by renowned artists. Special attention is paid to keeping the number of participants small.


SEGANTINI MUSEUM ST. MORITZ

From art to sport or even coffee – Engadin is home to all kinds of different museums. The most remarkable of them all is the internationally renowned Segantini Museum St. Moritz.

Giovanni Segantini (1858–1899) is considered an important artist in the realm of realistic symbolism who breathed new life into Alpine painting in the late 19th century. In 1894 the stateless artist moved from Savognin to Maloja in Engadin. Segantini died unexpectedly on Schafberg Mountain, high above Pontresina, while working on the central painting for his Alpine triptych «Life, Nature and Death». The museum honouring his life was built in St. Moritz not long afterwards and opened in 1908.

The stunning triptych «Life, Nature and Death» in the building’s dome has always been the museum’s main attraction. The collection received a significant contribution in 2001: the nine exceptional paintings and three drawings belonging to the Otto Fischbacher / Giovanni Segantini Foundation were given to the museum on permanent loan. The addition of this important group of major works, including the famous "Ave Maria on the Lake" and «Midday in the Alps», made the Segantini Museum the world’s most comprehensive and notable collection of the great innovator’s Alpine paintings.


LEANING TOWER

The Leaning Tower is St. Moritz's most spectacular sight, no doubt. Here is a list of things you should make sure to visit as well.

The St. Moritz Bucket List is a great inspiration for the guests of St. Moritz during their stay on Top Of The World. For those who still haven't had enough St. Moritz has yet more fascinating sights up its sleeve. The Leaning Tower, to name one. It is as much a part of St. Moritz as the Statue of Liberty is of New York or the Eiffel Tower is of Paris. Built in 1570 as the steeple of the St. Mauritius Church, it was relieved of its bells in 1890 to make it less top-heavy, and, in 1893, it saw its nave removed. It has been restored a total of five times and somewhat straightened. The 33-metre-high tower has a 5.5-degree tilt, thereby exceeding even the cant of the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. This St. Moritz icon is located in the heart of the village, opposite the Kulm Hotel.


THE ARCHITECTURE OF ST. MORITZ

The St. Moritz skyline is richly diverse, contradictory, unusual – and often underrated.

Mighty stone walls, small funnel-shaped windows and decorative sgraffito abound: for centuries Engadin-style houses have defined the look of Oberengadin villages such as Zuoz, Samedan and La Punt. The typical Engadin architectural style is not as prevalent in St. Moritz. The skyline of this cosmopolitan hub starkly contrasts the neighbouring villages. The surrounding wilderness – as everyone agrees – is a sight to behold.

The architecture, on the other hand, is a matter of taste. But either way, you're sure to be moved. St. Moritz is not your average quaint chalet village, or even the perfect Engadin village. It's a melting pot of architectural styles, which is often unfairly underrated. The blend of tradition and progress, zeitgeist and nostalgia, can be felt down every lane and around every corner. That's what makes St. Moritz so utterly unique. And that's why we encourage all architecture enthusiasts to take a stroll through this fascinating Alpine town. We've listed a few highlights here, which you should ideally visit in the order shown, starting at St. Moritz Bad.

MUST-SEE BUILDINGS ON AN ARCHITECTURAL STROLL THROUGH ST. MORITZ

  • Forum Paracelsus
  • Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains
  • Hotel Reine Victoria
  • OVAVERVA Pool, Spa & Sports Centre
  • Oscar Niemeyer house
  • Parkhaus Serletta & St. Moritz Design Gallery
  • Badrutt's Palace Hotel
  • Via Serlas
  • The Murezzan complex
  • Conditorei Hanselmann
  • Chesa Futura
  • Chesa Veglia
  • Kulm Hotel
  • Kulm Country Club
  • Leaning tower
  • Cresta Run Club House
  • Old Olympic Stadium (1928 & 1948)
  • Segantini Museum
  • Quattro Bar (Corviglia) 

Restaurants & Nightlife


RESTAURANTS & BARS IN ST. MORITZ

Apres-ski on the mountain in St. Moritz is of the one-last-drink variety, rather than dancing on tables, while St. Moritz restaurants have reputations, and prices, to match top London and Paris establishments and the bars are equally upmarket.

St.Moritz Apres-Ski

All the bars and restaurants on the mountain are open until 4pm, but the on-mountain après-ski is of the one-last-drink variety, rather than dancing on tables. Back in town there are bars and tea rooms - try cakes and hot chocolate at Hanselmann Tea room on the Via Maistra, near the Hotel Albana, whose main bar is also a good place to go for a relaxed drink.

St Moritz bars - 27 of them when last counted - tend to be upmarket. The Vivai has live acts with 'dance animation' and DJ. The Stübli is the place for draught beer and also serves food in the traditional interior under the Schweizerhof. The Devil's Place claims the world's largest selection of whiskies - 2500 - which you are guaranteed never to work your way through. The King's Club is the disco and bar at the Badrutt's Palace Hotel, so it's jacket and tie. Much lower key is the Enoteca la Vigna, with regional and Mediterranean specialities and a wide selection of international wines.

St.Moritz Restaurants

With 74 restaurants in resort there's a big range of cuisine in St. Moritz. You shouldn't go hungry, but be ready for pricey eating. The best places include: Jöhri's Talvo, a Relais & Chateaux restaurant with cuisine based on fresh produce, traditional Grisons dishes, lobster, fish, and an international selection of wines. It's reputation, and prices, match the top London and Paris restaurants.

Le Relais at Badrutt's Palace Hotel, is 'new concept' so be prepared for a surprise (not just when they bring the bill). The Palace also owns the Chesa Veglia, an ancient farmhouse with a choice of rustic dining areas - the Patrizier Stuben does traditional Swiss food, while the Pizzeria has pizza and Italian classics. In the Hotel Laudinella are several restaurants: the Stüva - a big buffet, a Thai restaurant, Pizzeria Caruso, and Le Carnozet, for cheese dishes such as fondue & raclette.

For cheaper restaurant options, the Veltlinerkeller has homemade pasta and a charcoal grill; another pasta place, the Bellaval, has countless variations on this theme - over 20 different sauces - and a BBQ grill. The only true bargains are a restaurant (with limited opening hours) at the Co-op and the railway station buffet. Out of town, you can ride up to Muottas Muragl on the funicular which runs until 11pm. The hotel at 2,450m is good for lunch, followed by tobogganing back to the valley floor. The views are sensational, so book a window table.


ST. MORITZ MOUNTAIN RESTAURANTS

Skiers in St. Moritz are spoilt for choice come lunchtime: spectacular views from above 3,000m at Piz Nair or the truffles and caviar at La Marmite.

Corviglia mountain restaurants

There are 37 restaurants on-mountain, with 14 in Corviglia, and 3 hotels. Highest place to eat is the Restaurant Piz Nair at 3057m; spectacular views guaranteed in all but the worst weather. Also with great views is La Marmite in the top station of the Corviglia funicular - not pretty from the outside but the food is outstanding (some say the best in the world for a mountain restaurant). Specialities include caviar and truffles so don't expect a cheap meal and make sure you book. There is also a self service restaurant in the same building.

The Skihutte Alpina does good pasta and a cafe Grischa (liqueur served in a 4-spouted pot); there's a sunterrace and outside bar. Just down from the Munt da San Murezzan is the Chamanna with a choice of sautés and grills, traditional Swiss dishes, raclette, giant hot dogs, potato chunks fried in their skins; El Paradiso, above Suvretta at the extreme end of the Corviglia area can be reached by walking path as well as ski. There's a sunterrace, bar and international as well as local dishes.

Corvatsch and Diavolezza mountain restaurants

Corvatsch has 10 mountain restaurants. The Corvatsch middle station has a good self service restaurant with sunterrace, but the restaurant at Hahnensee on the run back to Bad is the place to stop for the last drink of the ski day. The Hossa Bar is a party place, with music and BBQ. Diavolezza has less to choose from. At the top station is a standard self-service restaurant with pizza oven. There's a similar restaurant and bar up at Lagalb, with a new self-service at the bottom. A drink at the Isla Persa glacier bar, halfway into the big itinerary down from Diavolezza, is essential.

All the piste maps mark restaurants clearly, and include telephone numbers for easy booking.

Shopping

St. Moritz unites profound natural beauty with urban elegance. The Alpine town is home to a surprisingly extensive collection of fashion boutiques.

Via Serlas is St. Moritz’s answer to Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse and Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles. Just on a much smaller scale. From Jimmy Choo and Gucci to Louis Vuitton, all of fashion’s top international names can be found along this stylish shopping boulevard. You’ll also find more major labels and boutiques in the village centre. In addition to the many fashion stores, shoppers in St. Moritz can also look forward to dazzling gemstones, stylish designer furniture, exquisite wines and a large selection of delicatessens. And yet, the next little lane filled with enticing local specialities is never far away. Take Hatecke’s fat-free designer salsiz (smoked sausage) and top-quality bacon for example, Glattfelder’s caviar and homemade coffee blends, or Hanselmann’s legendary Engadin walnut tart. Every year the editorial team puts together a comprehensive shopping guide: the Essential Guide St. Moritz.

Fashion & style consulting

Given the generous array of fashion on offer in St. Moritz, it can sometimes be hard to find just the right outfit. Luckily St. Moritz local Alexa Lewis is on hand to offer colour, style and image advice. Lewis is of the firm belief that «everyone is beautiful». She’s truly in her element when it comes to finding the right style and type of outfit for a particular event, complete with accessories, shoes, hair and make-up. Surely there’s no better place than St. Moritz for her brand of first-class fashion advice.

Vintage St. Moritz posters are in demand like never before

Old St. Moritz posters are in demand internationally. Restaurants, offices, or boutiques in France, New Zealand, Dubai, Japan or the US adorn their walls with St. Moritz posters from the early 20th century. The current «best sellers» all date from the period before the Second World War. Even back then the posters have accomplished their advertising goal: to prompt feelings of wanderlust and add zest to St. Moritz. St. Moritz has recognized the advertising impact of posters early on and hired outstanding artists for its advertising, e.g. Hugo d'Alesi, Wilhelm Burger, Emil Cardinaux, Karl Bickel, Eduard Stiefel, Charles Kuhn, Alois Carigiet, or Walter Herdeg, amongst others. Many posters are available at the St. Moritz Online Shop

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