Attractions and Activities in St. Moritz
St. Moritz is the most famous holiday resort in the world. The sun shines an average of 322 days a year - more than anywhere else in Switzerland. Skiers, snowboarders and cross country skiing enthusiasts are drawn to St. Moritz by its natural beauty and quality infrastructure. In addition, St. Moritz stages a wide variety of first class events, to make it a holiday destination unmatched anywhere on the globe.
Excursions: >>Mountain ExcursionsCity Excursionsother Excursions
Corviglia (2,486 m / 8,154 ft):
The funicular takes you from the village center to the St. Moritz "home mountain". The Corviglia - Piz Nair - Marguns is the largest connecting mountain area in the Engadine. Here, the Olympic Winter Games were held twice, along with several Alpine Ski World Championships. By gondola you get up to the Piz Nair at 3,057 m (10,027 ft) offering stunning views of the entire Engadine Valley. During winter, 23 mountain rides provide access to 100 km (62 miles) of well-groomed slopes and 14 mountain restaurants, and in summer, Corviglia becomes the domain of bikers and hikers.
Corvatsch (3,303 m / 10,834 ft):
From Surlej (approx. 20 minutes by bus from St. Moritz) the gondola takes you up to the Corvatsch, the highest summit station in the eastern Alps. 10 mountain restaurants in a breathtaking setting provide guests with culinary highlights. In winter, a paradise for winter sports enthusiasts - the Corvatsch features the longest illuminated run for night skiing. The snowy landscape also provides for a more leisurely hike on snowshoes, far away from the slopes. During summer, hikers find the numerous trails in the Corvatsch - Furtschellas area very attractive.
Diavolezza (2,978 m / 9,768 ft):
From Bernina-Diavolezza (near Pontresina; approx. 30 minutes by bus from St. Moritz) the gondola takes you to the top of this mountain, which offers exclusive views of the ice four-thousand-meters peaks. Diavolezza is known for snow-secure ski runs and the longest marked and secured glacial downhill route in Switzerland. Ice Climbers want to challenge the "Corn Diavolezza" - a 100 m (328 ft) ice wall with huge icicles.
Muottas Muragl (2,456 m / 8,056 ft):
From Punt Muragl (between Celerina and Pontresina, approx. 15 minutes by bus from St. Moritz), the 100-year old funicular takes you up to the mountain ridge which is perfectly situated for admiring practically all the glistening Upper Engadine mountain peaks, valleys and lakes at their very best. There is also a large playground to delight the children, while the adults can soak up the sun in a wicker beach chair or enjoy the panoramic scenery along the "Philosophers’ Trail". No matter what your age, a fun way to get down the mountainside is by racing round the 20 bends along the 4.2 km (2.6 miles) long toboggan run.
With its location in the Engadine Valley and the Alps, St. Moritz is not exactly the ideal place from where to make city excursions..... The nearest Swiss city is Chur (s. below) which might be an option for a one-day excursion by train or by car. Rather stressful, but feasible are one-day excursions by car to Zurich (3 hours one way), St. Gallen (2.5 hours), Lugano (2.5 hours), Innsbruck, Austria (2.5 hours), Como, Italy (3 hours) and Milano, Italy (3 hours).
Chur - the oldest town in Switzerland:
Full-day excursion (approx. 2 hours by train, 1.5 hours by car from St. Moritz). With a settlement history dating back 5,000 years, Chur harbours many a secret just waiting to be uncovered such as the 800-year old cathedral or the picturesque winding streets in the Old Town. The spirit of bygone days lives on in Chur and merges with the present to create the town’s incomparable charm. Particularly worth a visit is the Rhaetian Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Natural History Museum. Chur offers a broad culinary range of Graubunden delicacies - with its own wine, alpine source water from every tap, Bündner specialities and international dishes served at its 130 restaurants. Over 500 shops and stores offer produce and wares from all over Graubunden. In summer, open-air events such as concerts, theatre and cinema, give the city a Mediterranean feel. Chur is also home to an animal and leisure park, and a large sports center with outdoor- and indoor swimming pools, beach volleyball, inline skating, skateboarding, BMX-biking, tennis, horse riding, and much more besides.
other Excursions / Sights:
Swiss National Park: open from June to October.
The Swiss National Park is a natural preserve, which is totally protected from human influences and encroachments. Its natural treasures are varied and abundant. Local tourist offices (Zernez, S-chanf, Zuoz, Münstertal) will organize a number of guided tours. Information, documentation, exhibits and an audio visual presentation are all available at the house of the national park in Zernez.
Cheese Factory / Alpine Dairy: open from July to September; 9 AM - 5 PM daily.
50 years after the last cheese left Alp Morteratsch, Pontresina's alpine dairy is now again making cheese according to the taditional method on this idyllic alp. Experience the craft of cheese making and taste the produce at a brunch or afternoon snack. The alp ist located near the Morteratsch rail station (in the direction of Pontresina). Please note that brunch reservations must be made at the latest by 5 PM the day prior.
Scuol and Tarasp Castle:
Take a drive through the typical Engadine villages to Guara. The latter overlooks the bottom of the valley of the Lower Engadine from a sunny terrace. Marvel at the magnificent view up and down the valley which has given the village its name: "Guarda" in the local tongue means "watch"! Have lunch and then stroll around the village before going on to Tarasp in the afternoon and visit the castle. Then passing Scuol, the "capital" of the Lower Engadine, to return to the Upper Engadine.
Bergell / Soglio:
Take the post bus following the lakes of the Upper Engadine to Maloja. Then continue across the Maloja Pass to Casaccia and Stampa, home of the famous painters and sculptors Giovanni, Augusto and Alberto Giacometti. After a hearty lunch in one of the villages, visit the extraordinary valley museum "Ciäsa Granda" (open from 2 PM to 5 PM). Then go on to Soglio, an ancient and fully preserved village perched on a sunny terrace above the Bergell valley. One of the sites worth visiting there is the church "Palazzo Salis". Take in the wonderful panoramic view of the Sciora and Bondasca mountain ranges or take a ride from Maloja to Castasegna bordering on Italy and visit the manufacture which specializes in the making of the most particular perfume flasks.
Sils Maria and Sils Baselgia:
Nestled between the lakes of Silvaplana and Sils, these two villages are definitely worth a visit. A boat ride on Lake Sils in the morning to the peninsula with its lovely hamlet Isola; lunch in Isola and back to Sils by boat or on foot (approx. 1 hour). Then spend the afternoon exploring the village and drop by at the Nietzsche House.
Following a drive over the Ofen Pass you'll reach the quaint and well preserved hamlet of Muestair, only 1 km (0.6 miles) from the Italian border. The landmark of Muestair is the Monastery of St. Johann whose construction was ordered by Charles the Great in the 9th century and which to these day is occupied by the Benedictines.
The Rhaetische Bahn, the Railways of the Engadine and Graubunden, offers plenty of scenic routes including the Albula and Bernina routes which were recognized as a UNSECO World Heritage site in 2008. Ask at the local tourist office or at the railway station in St. Moritz for suggestions regarding excursions by train.
If you are traveling by public transportation, we strongly recommend to consider the following options to travel to/from St. Moritz:
Glacier Express: from/to St. Moritz to/from Zermatt via Chur, Disentis, Andermatt and Brig/Visp.
Bernina Express: from/to Chur to/from Tirano, Italy by train via Filisur, the Albula Pass, St. Moritz-Pontresina and Poschiavo; from/to Tirano to/from Lugano by scenic bus.
Palm Express: a scenic bus-ride from/to Lugano to/from St. Moritz via Chiavenna, Italy and the Maloja Pass.
Sports: >>Summer SportsWinter Sports
The Engadine is ideally suited for mountain bike excursions offering an almost infinite web of routes for riders of all levels, and assuring a wonderful insight into the Engadine landscape. Get route suggestions at the tourist office and/or purchase the "Bike Explorer Map" (CHF 20.00).
A near infinite choice of trails and routes totaling 500 km (310 miles) characterize the vacation and hiking paradise of the Upper Engadine. Comfortable mountain rides give access to several summits in the St. Moritz region such as Corviglia-Piz Nair, Corvatsch, Muottas Muragl and Diavolezza where you find well maintained hiking trails with plenty of sitting and panorama benches. In addition, during the summer season St. Moritz and its neighboring localities offer guided glacier and mountain tours as well as excursions centering on various topics (geology, botany...). For suggested hikes and trail maps, please visit the local tourist office.
The incomparable Engadine lake scenery, the breathtaking backdrop of the Bernina range, and the healthy mountain climate constitute the perfect conditions for varied Nordic walking hikes and excursions. St. Moritz proposes officially marked Nordic walking trails that are grouped into so-called Nordic Parks. The Parks are comprised of marked paths within existing hiking trails that lead along a circular route back to the initial starting point. They are divided into various degrees of difficulty (blue, red and black). Large information boards with maps, lines of altitude and trail details round off the offer - and get your Nordic Parc borchure at the local tourist office.
The scenic high Alpine valley has also become the golfer's paradise in the Alps – offering five golf courses and 60 holes: the 18-hole golf course in Samedan-St. Moritz; the 18-hole course in Zuoz-Madulain (designed by the Canadian golf course architect Les Furber); the 9-hole executive golf course situated at the Kulm Hotel in St. Moritz; 9 holes are at the foot of majestic Tarasp Castle near Vulpera, and finally, the 6-hole training course with driving range at Sils-Silvaplana.
The lakescape of the Upper Engadine is a phenomenon unlike any other. Embedded in the wide valley basin is a series of gorgeous lakes, each of which has a character of its own. Some of them entice visitors to take a swim once their water temperature is agreeable enough. The legendary Maloja wind allows for sailing, windsurfing and kitesurfing even in the middle of summer when in other places the wind is in a lull.
The Inn is one the best known rivers of Europe. It is very popular especially for its varied white water passage, which offers a varaint for every level of difficulty. There are several adventure sports companies offering river rafting, canyoning, hot-air ballooning, sky diving, hang gliding, climbing and much more.
other Summer Sports
include tennis and squash (at the Corviglia Tennis & Squah Center), outdoor- and indoor horseback riding, inline skating (cirquits on the Samedan airport, from La Punt to S-chanf, in St. Moritz Bad and in other plane areas), bowling ( in S-chanf), mini-golfing, skeet shooting, and fishing.
Wellness / Fitness: (summer and winter).
It was the iron-rich springs which first made St. Moritz famous ! Along with the Alpine moor mud and strongly invigorating Alpine climate of the upper Engadine, the naturally curative carbonated mineral springs have made St. Moritz a place of healing for thousands of years. Baths and treatments are offered at the "Medizinisches Therapiezentrum" in St. Moritz Bad, as well as at the Kempinski High Alpine Spa. Or, take a train to the theme pool "Engadin Bad Scuol" in the Lower Engadine to relax in the many indoor and outdoor pools, whirlpools, in the "sauna landscape" or in the Roman-Irish steam bath. Several hotels in St. Moritz and surrounding villages offer wellness and fitness facilities.
Skiing / Snowboarding:
St. Moritz - Corviglia, Corvatsch, Diavolezza are synonymous with breathtaking and unforgettable skiing experiences. 60 modern transportation facilities open up on 350 km (218 miles) of snow covered runs. The Engadine also is the dream of every snowboarder: perfectly prepared runs, unlimited free-ride areas, a halfpipe, excursions and guided variations available from November through April.
Cross Country Skiing:
There is a total of 180 km (112 miles) of trails for classic-style skiers and for skaters, prepared according to the highest standards, and cutting across the landscape of the Upper Engadine as well as leading into innumerable, romantic side valleys. Detailed maps of the trails are available for CHF 3.00 at hotels and cross-country ski schools.
The tobogganing run from Muottas-Muragl to Punt Muragl with its overall lenght of 4.2 km (2.6 miles) is a major attraction. Sleds available for rent at the valley station of the Muottas-Muragl funicular.
A sport with a century-old tradition in St. Moritz. You will find the best conditions for your favorite skating style, be it classical ice skating or rough and tough ice hockey, be it on the frozen lake or inside an artificial skating rink.
The St. Moritz Curling Club has been founded in 1880, and ever since, curling has become ever more popular in all of the Engadine, and every winter dozens of curling competitions are held. The Curling Center Al Parc offers 8 to 16 rinks on natural ice. Daily training, friendly matches or tournaments.
Skeleton at the Cresta Run:
Built in 1884 - unique in the world ! With speeds of up to 140 kmh (88 mph), the drivers race down the ice canal head first on skeleton- sleds. There are races or training runs daily. There is also a school for beginners.
Bobsleighing at the Olympic Bob Run:
xperience a different kind of adventure, as you race down the icy canal from St. Moritz to Celerina. Guests ride in the latest and safest four-man bob sleds which are piloted by an expert driver and accompanied by a brakeman. The second and third positions are where the taxi guests will be seated.(advance registration required; from approx. Mid-December to the end of February). There is also a school for beginners.
other Winter Sports
include hiking (150 km / 93 miles of well kept winter paths), snowshoe trekking, ski jumping (several facilities allowing jumps from 15 to 90 meters / 50 to 300 ft), hangglider rides (tandem flights - with a certified pilot; start on skis at the top of Corviglia and land on the frozen lake of St. Moritz), horse-back riding, winter golfing, and various indoor sports.
Go Out: (Dining / Entertainment / Nightlife)
As one would expect in a world-class resort, St. Moritz not only offers numerous leisure activities and events during the day, but also a wide variety of options for dining and nightly entertaiment. Almost 400 GaultMillau points have been amassed in the Engadine Valley - literally "haute cuisine" on the "Roof of Europe".
In no other mountain resort do chamber music concerts have such a long standing tradition and such a pronounced current day presence as in St. Moritz and the Engadin. Regular guests and music aficionados delight in over 200 concerts every summer in the "Kurpark" of St. Moritz, the "Tais-Wald" of Pontresina and on the village plaza of Sils or Livigno. The widely acclaimed program contains all the wealth of chamber music and highlights works out of the huge heritage of popular classical masterpieces. Admission to all concerts is free.
Casino St. Mortiz: located at the Grand Hotel Kempinski in St. Moritz Bad.
The tasteful atmosphere of the Ivory Ball Lounge with high quality entertainment and stimulating small talk ensure that not only American Roulette, Black Jack, Stud Poker or the slot machines will give you your money’s worth.
King's Club: located at the Badrutt's Palace Hotel (only open during the winter season).
The most famous night club of St. Moritz, and the oldest and most legendary discotheque in Switzerland. Night after night the King's Club attracts party-hungry celebrities and night owls who turn night into day to the pulsating music of famous and ever-changing DJ's. The idea of closing hours does not exist in the King's Club – party, dance and celebrate the exclusive St. Moritz lifestyle till the sun rises over the Engadin Alpine landscape.
Whiskykeller: located at the Waldhaus Hotel.
The largest Whisky-Bar in the world with adjoining Smoker's Lounge. Claudio Bernasconi, passionate whisky collector, collected over the years more than 2500 bottles of unusual whisky.
Why not visit an exhibit? The galleries of the many hotels have a full program of most interesting exhibits on the most varied subjects. Just browse the magazine "St. Moritz Aktuell" and you will be sure to find something of interest to you!
St. Moritz is a cocktail of metropolitan elegance and a profound experience of nature. You will find the world's major labels here within only a small area, at beautiful boutiques alongside very special stores offering many an interesting item. With a devotion to quality and style, St. Moritz is guaranteed to have something to please even the most discerning shopper.
St. Moritz is a fashion stronghold. The Via Serlas is to St. Moritz what the Bahnhofstrasse is to Zürich - everything that has status and reputation is represented here. The sophisticated international customers value the enormous selection in the smallest space: Bogner Sports, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Gianni Versace, Les Ambassadeurs AG, Giorgio Armani, Jil Sander, La Serlas AG, Loro Piana, Cartier Joailliers, Chopard, Zegna etc.
General opening hours of the shops in St Moritz are:
9:30 AM - 12.30 PM
14:30 - 18:30 PM
World Cup Bob and Skeleton: (January - February)
The top two-man and four-man bob teams as well as leading skeleton riders compete on the only natural ice run in the world cup racing circuit. 1,612 meters (1 mile), with a maximum speed of 135 kmh (85 mph). The Olympia Bob Run in St. Moritz/Celerina is made entirely out of snow and water. Not only its construction, but also its history, is unique: more than 35 World Championships, as well as two Winter Olympics (1928/1948), have been held on this bob run.
Schlitteda: (in January)
The "Schlitteda" is the expression of youth's happiness and zest for life. Every young man personally invites his girlfriend to join him on this winter parade on a colorful, old horse-drawn sleigh, collecting her at her home. The cavalier sits at the back of the sleigh, reins in hand directing the horses, with his companion seated before him both dressed in traditional garb.
Polo World Cup on Snow: (last weekend in January)
Polo, the sport of kings, as well as the oldest team game in the world - played with red balls on the white turf of the frozen St. Moritz lake. This event has taken place annually since 1985. Some of the highest-rated players worldwide join teams on the frozen lake to test their strategies, ponies and sheer ability against each other.
White Turf - Horse Races on Snow: (three Sundays in February)
Since 1907, the White Turf is an eminent sports event on the frozen St. Moritz Lake hosting the most significant races of the European winter season and one world-unique discipline: skikjöring. With over 25,000 spectators every year, this is where the high society, top jockeys and race horse owners from all over the world converge. The excitement, the betting frenzy and the noble, pure-bred horses contribute to this event just as much as does the magnificient, mountainous backdrop and the immaculate catering on the event grounds.
Gourmet Festival: (1st week of February)
The St. Moritz Gourmet Festival has been recognized as a true innovation in the field of top-level gastronomy. The best chefs from all over the world inspire young talented chefs from the St. Moritz hotel kitchen brigades. Multi-course meals with specialities from the chef's homeland are served. Highlight: "Grand Gourmet Finale" on the frozen St. Moritz Lake.
Chalandamarz: (March 1st)
Probably the best-known Engadine custom which has been kept alive thanks to its earlier connection with the old Roman New Year and the election of the village council. "Chalandamarz" goes back to the times when the Romans reigned over Rhaetia. Schoolboys parade from house to house dressed as shepherds with herds ringing their heavy cowbells and singing songs to expulse the winter from every nook and cranny.
Engadin Ski Marathon: (second Sunday in March)
Sine 1969, one of the world's largest sport events with over 13,000 participating cross country skiers. The race is open to the public and all who wish to take up the challenge of covering the classic marathon distance of 42 km are welcome to participate in this mass event. Starting from Maloja the course runs through Sils - Silvaplana/Surlej - St. Moritz - Pontresina - La Punt - Chamues-ch and ends at Zuoz/S-chanf.
Opera St. Moritz: (2 weeks in June / July)
The Opera St. Moritz is a jewel in the Engadine cultural summer. Sublime opera performances in an extraordinary atmosphere.
Engadin Inline Skating Marathon: (first Saturday in July)
From Maloja to S-chanf with speeds of up to 77 kmh (48 mph) along the scenic Upper Engadin mountain lakes.
British Classic Car Meeting: (mid-July)
A good 160 high-class old timers – cars bearing the names of Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Aston Martin, Lagonda, Jaguar, Daimler and Austin-Healey – come together every year in chic St. Moritz for a rally.
Sailing: (in July - September)
Tradition-rich sailing regattas on the St. Moritz lake - 6000 feet above sea level! International champions meet annually for thrilling competitions: 18 and 14 footers, O-Jollen, lasers, etc.
Windsurfing / Kitesurfing: (in August)
Engadin Windsurfing Marathon with about 300 participants. Masters and tandem events on Friday; individual marathon on Saturday. Total distance: 42 K per category. Windsurf World Cup on the lake Silvaplana, unique World Cup on an Alpine lake (since 1994). Kite-Surfing competitions during Engadin Wind-week in August.
Concours Hippique on Gras: (beginning of August)
Concours Hippique on Snow: (one week in mid-January)
Show jumping and international equestrian jumping tournament with 120 horses and riders.
From June - October and December - April; opened daily except closed on Mondays. Located in St. Moritz Dorf on Via Somplaz, the terrace road, in a curious domed church-like building. The excellent Giovanni Segantini Museum is displaying the beautiful work of this artist who is acclaimed as the definitive painter of Alpine life, and considered to be a leading exponent of Symbolism. Segantini spent the twelve years before his sudden death at the age of 41 in the Upper Engadine.
Open year round; closed on Tuesdays. The Berry Museum, housed in the century-old Villa Arona in the heart of St. Moritz, is dedicated to the doctor and painter Peter Robert Berry (1864-1942). Inspired and influenced by the internationally celebrated and locally important artists Giovanni Segantini and Giovanni Giacometti, Berry studied art in Paris and Munich. After returning to his birthplace, Berry captured the natural beauty of the mountain surroundings in vibrant colours. St. Moritz and the Upper Engadine are the decisive settings for his work.
From June - October and December - April; opened daily except closed on Saturdays. Situated between St. Moritz Dorf and St. Moritz Bad, the Engadine Museum presents a comprehensive exhibit of the historic, domestic and social culture in this area. The house, built in 1905 and opend to the public in 1906, is a typical example of Engadine architecture. The founder of the museum, Richard Campell had been collecting Grisons and especially Engadine furniture, household utensils and artifacts, and over time had accumulated a seizable collection which have found a suitable place for exhibition.
From June - October and December - April; opened daily except closed on Mondays. Located in picturesque Sils, the museum occupies three rooms of the house where Nietzsche rented a room during his stays (summer 1881 and 1883-88). The exhibition comprises a rich collection of photographs, documents, manuscripts and letters from his time in Sils, the original death mask, various busts (Max Kruse, Willy de Boe), music-related exhibits, and a complete collection of the works published by Nietzsche himself during his lifetime, including rare presentation copies.
Along the pedestrian passageway of the new Serletta parking garage that leads from Badrutt’s Palace Hotel down to the lake, some 35 large, lit showcases welcome changing exhibitions of particularly important posters yearly. Open year round.
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