Hello and welcome. We’re happy to present to you ideas and inspiration for your time in and around St. Moritz. Winter in St. Moritz is something special, also because the Swiss winter tourism has its roots right here. The high valley covered in white provides excitement for all mountain and snow fans. But that's not all. In St. Moritz you get an extra urban feeling due to lots of cultural highlights and places with big city vibes. A cosmopolitan in midst of alpine beauty. We hope to inspire you and wish you a fabulous stay. Be excited. The stories will follow shortly.
Ice, Ice, Baby! In January and February the frozen Lake St. Moritz is the main attraction. Under the rubric ‘Amusements on the Lake’, there are plenty of activities on offer such as ice skating, curling, cross-country skiing, winter golf and skijöring to enjoy just that: unique amusements. So see you there!
As we all know, eating alone is not much fun, and so, after a while, she began inviting her friends to join her for ‘afternoon tea’, the more the merrier, with cucumber sandwiches and small cakes served alongside freshly brewed tea. These gatherings quickly spread throughout the entire kingdom and soon became a tradition: the British tea time was born. It is a tradition the Suvretta House has nurtured in style: guests are able to enjoy afternoon tea over a game of bridge in the lobby of this grand hotel, with a pianist providing live musical accompaniment. During the peak season, there is even a world-champion bridge player on hand to offer guests a few insider tips.
In a year marked by social distancing, St. Moritz sent out a signal by presenting its Christmas projection show entitled ‘Tales of a Tree’, an experience designed to unite people. In co-operation with international animation director Oliver Conrad, himself a native of St. Moritz, the film created with children and adults in mind tells the heart-warming story of a Christmas tree. From 6 December 2020 to 7 January 2021, the film will be projected onto the façade of the town hall after dark.
The countdown has started. As soon as the ice is thick enough, the first skaters take to the frozen lake, running their blades hot. St. Moritz celebrates the start of the winter season with a night skating event, with the full moon as its spotlight. Mulled wine is on hand to warm fingers numbed by the cold. Whether it’s the natural ice rink at the Kulm Country Club or Lake St. Moritz, pirouetting on the ice and breathing in the crisp winter air is an experience at any time of the day or night – and a great way of boosting your immune system. What more could you ask for?
It doesn’t always have to be a classic Christmas market. The Super Mountain Market is to be held at the Forum Paracelsus From 6 December 2020 to 9 January 2021. And the name says it all, with all sorts of superlatives awaiting you. Food producers, designers, artists, jewellers, and weavers showcase their crafts and their wares in a new setting.
The galleries in St. Moritz are too well sorted to ignore them.
A stroll through the galleries in St. Moritz Bad and in the village center can be wonderfully combined with a walk along the lake, where you can enjoy the view of some of the subjects that you will encounter later in one of the galleries.
Famous artists were inspired here, less renowned ones surpassed themselves. A walk through the galleries of St. Moritz therefore often inspires a slightly different view of the familiar.
It was around 1999 that the first snowboarders got together in the Engadin and founded Boarders Valley, a.k.a. the ‘Hawaii of snowboarding’. The Engadin offers excellent opportunities for surfing the snow in virtually any weather. For the particularly daring, two sensational Snow Parks have since been created on Corvatsch and Corviglia. So in winter, whether it’s on splits, in the Park or on the slopes, Hawaii is in the Alps.
It’s like calling in on good friends at home: Pavarotti and his team welcome their guests with open arms and a cheerful laughter. Those who linger longer might find themselves singing Italian songs late into the night together with old and new friends.
Climb aboard, hold on to your ski hat, and off you go: an adrenaline rush is guaranteed when you’re bobsleigh racing in St. Moritz-Celerina. Since the late 1930s, the Olympia Bob Run has been offering guest rides from St. Moritz to Celerina. Back then, guests still rode in open bobsleighs at the end of the working day. Nowadays, it’s a four-man racing bob that takes them home or back to their hotel.
In St. Moritz the word Hüttengaudi takes on a whole new meaning. The village is surrounded by mountains – and atop each one, you’ll find an alpine hut to put your feet up, recharge your batteries, and soak up the sunshine. But not all alpine huts are the same! The Alpina hut on Corviglia is for party lovers; the Paradiso, for bon vivants; the Hahnensee, for families; and Muotas Muragl, for romantics… So, set off and discover which mountain top is right for you!
The topography of the Engadin could have been designed with ski touring in mind. The high-lying valley is wide and open, with a valley floor at elevations ranging between 1,715 m and 1,822 m. Most of the peaks in the surrounding mountains top out at 3,000 m, with slopes of all pitches and orientations. All that remains is deciding which summit to aim for!
It is said to possess magical powers. The full moon is not just a mystically beautiful sight, but also the ideal companion during a night-time snowshoeing hike as it lights your way. After a tour with an experienced guide, it’s high time to recharge your batteries at the Panorama Restaurant with a glass of wine and some Graubünden specialities.
Metropolitan chic meets old town charm. The picturesque narrow streets are resplendent with international designer labels as well as local delicatessen and speciality shops guaranteed to make the heart of any gourmet beat faster. The village centre is a veritable treasure trove – and we’re not just talking sparkling gems and fine jewellery. But that too, of course…
St. Moritz is undoubtedly one of the world’s premier snowsports areas, having hosted two Winter Olympics and five Alpine Ski World Championships. And no wonder: with 360 km of pistes, 87 downhill runs of World Cup standard and endless opportunities for freeriders, St. Moritz clearly belongs up on the winners’ podium. Plenty of world champions certainly think so as they regularly train in St. Moritz. After all, it was here – more than 150 years ago – that winter tourism was born, following a wager with the English (who incidentally still find Corviglia’s local mountain ‘most delightful’).
In St. Moritz, it’s not just the champagne that sparkles. Indeed, how about bathing in a carbonated and iron-rich water spring, for example? Even the Celts sought out the curative powers of these warm waters. Europe’s oldest preserved wooden healing basin was discovered in St. Moritz in 1907 and dates back to 1466 BCE. Today, numerous baths – but also many luxury hotels – offer all sorts of wellness packages. It’s just the thing after a long day out on the slopes.
In this hotel room you’ll be able to reach for the stars. Over the past few months we have transformed our historical observatory on Chesa Margna dating from 1924 into a very special hotel room. The dome can be opened in good weather, offering a fascinating view of the Engadin mountains, Lake Champfèr and Lake Silvaplana. It’s also a perfect idea also for a romantic Valentine’s night, with the starry night sky included free of charge…
St. Moritz is also known as the ‘Top of the World’, a reference not just to its elevation, but also to its culinary highlights. Like the Campo Base for instance. But other excellent restaurants, bistros and bars are genuine finds for gourmets and epicures alike.
How much for the food? That’s the question asked by three young people from the Engadin with their Scarpetta 1.0 gastro concept, which they elaborated as part of a bachelor’s thesis. There are no fixed prices; instead they leave it up to the guests to decide how much the food is worth – with great success. They first implemented their concept in winter 2017/2018 and, since then, their experiment has turned into a pop-up with a five-year contract. The wine bar offers local delicacies such as panini, pasta and various platters.
The St. Moritz Curling Club describes itself as ‘the oldest curling club on the continent of Europe’. Is that true? Quite possibly. What is certain is that Eisstockschießen (literally: ice stick shooting) is a highly popular sport in St. Moritz and very similar to curling. The aim is to get as close as possible to the target object with your own curling stone – and the best place to do it is on the lake, which has its own dedicated curling area.
In preparation for the 2017 World Ski Championships the Kulm Hotel St. Moritz revived an architectural monument in the centre of St. Moritz. The 1905 Olympic Ice Pavilion was renovated and extended by star architect and St. Moritz aficionado Lord Norman Foster. As the Kulm Country Club, it now comprises a restaurant with terrace, a bar lounge and, in winter, an ice skate rental. A particular talking point is the restaurant, with its vintage racing bobs hanging from the ceiling.
In 1936 the Chesa Veglia at Badrutt’s Palace Hotel became a meeting place for gourmets and VIPs. Since then the rustic atmosphere has attracted locals and holidaymakers alike. The three restaurants and two bars are among the in-places to go and be seen in St. Moritz.
Immerse yourself in the ‘great white’, surrounded by nothing other than peace and tranquillity. Snowshoeing not only gets your pulse racing, it’s also a form of meditation in an unspoilt natural setting. St. Moritz offer lots of enticing and delightful snowy landscapes, far from the hustle and bustle. From short trails for beginners and families to ambitious tours, the Engadin has the perfect trail for everyone.
The St. Moritz documentation library is the resort’s living memory, featuring the past and present of St. Moritz as well as the milestones in its evolution. The collection includes photographs, image data, audiovisual media, printed matter, posters, and literature from and about St. Moritz in a contemporary presentation, with easy access to the collection’s inventories.