In 1928 and 1948, Switzerland’s only Winter Olympics to date were held in St. Moritz in the winters of 1928 and 1948. As such, the capital of the Engadine, along with Lake Placid and Innsbruck, belongs to the exclusive group of winter sports destinations to have hosted the Winter Olympics twice.
For St. Moritz and the Engadine, these Games, held in the middle of the Great Depression and then shortly after the end of the Second World War, were of the greatest importance. At that time, the Games were much more modest and manageable than they are today, but they certainly put St. Moritz on the map for the entire world as an Olympic venue in a beautiful, high mountain valley up on the roof of Europe. Still today, various “Olympic Sites” remind us of these formative times.