St. Moritz is one of the most renowned holiday resorts of the world. Chic, elegant and exclusive with a pronouncedly cosmopolitan ambiance it is situated at 5624 ft (1856 m) above sea level, in the middle of the lake dotted landscape of the Upper Engadine. The “dry, sparkling champagne climate” has become legendary and the famous sun of St. Moritz shines on an average of 322 days a year.
St. Moritz in the Canton of Grisons is one of the best-known holiday resorts in the world. Chic, elegant and exclusive, with an extremely cosmopolitan air, the resort is located at an altitude of 1856 metres above sea level and surrounded by the beautiful lake landscape of the Upper Engadine.
In St. Moritz the sun shines 322 days a year. But even more legendary than that is St. Moritz’s “champagne climate”: sparkle and glamour, and international events attract top athletes, stars, statesmen and royal families to the health resort. And hotels, the gastronomy, shopping and leisure facilities in this top Upper Engadine resort are accordingly exclusive.
A visitor’s card that is a travel pass for mountain transport facilities and buses, a parking disc and a credit card all in one while also entitling its holder to a great many discounts, is the perfect key for visitors to benefit from the countless opportunities on offer in the Upper Engadine.
The red trains of the Rhaetian Railway swiftly transport St. Moritz’s visitors to the surrounding attractions: the ski regions of Diavolezza and Lagalp, the National Park in the Lower Engadine, by Bernina Express to the Mediterranean Puschlav and by world-famous Glacier Express to Chur and from there further to the Valais.
In addition to indulging in traditional sports, such as hiking and climbing, holiday-makers can enjoy a spot of sailing, windsurfing, a rubber dinghy ride on the River Inn, tennis and horseback riding. And St. Moritz with a total of five golf courses and 60 holes is an absolute golfer’s paradise in the Alps. St. Moritz boasts a wide range of leisure options, but its strongest feature is the beauty of the Upper Engadine’s scenery.
St. Moritz is the cradle of winter tourism. 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. The resort which has hosted the Olympic Winter Games twice offers a great many attractions. Toboggan riders plunge down the icy run which is one of the oldest natural ice bob runs in the world. The Fun Park for snowboarders featuring a permanently operational half-pipe, tandem parachute jumps and altitude training are just a few of the other winter sports on offer. For winter hikers there are 150 km of winter walking trails and for cross-country skiers there is a track network of about 180 km.
- Corvatsch – the hiking trails on the Corvatsch run past mountain lakes and Alpine pastures from Murtèl to Furtschellas. The Glacier Grotto at the summit station tempts in visitors.
- Segantini Museum – dedicated to the painter Giovanni Segantini who spent the final five years of his life in the Engadine.
- Bernina Express – by panorama train on the most scenic railway in Europe to the Puschlav.
- Muottas Muragl – impressive view over the lake region of the Upper Engadine. In winter by toboggan from the summit to the valley station.
- Piz Nair Wall – the start of the men’s downhill (2003 World Championship) with a 100 per cent drop results in an acceleration from 0 to 130km/h in 7 seconds. Top skiing skills are a must.
- Swiss National Park – measuring 172 square kilometres, this is Switzerland’s biggest nature reserve, a place where nature is allowed to take its course unrestricted.
- St. Moritz Gourmet Festival – the Engadine is regarded as the leading culinary scene in the Alps. Once a year international top chefs cast their magic on their guests (January/February).
- White Turf – traditional horse race on frozen Lake St. Moritz which has been taking place since 1907 (February).
- Chalanda Marz – ancient Engadine custom during which children drive out winter with bells and songs (March).
- Engadine Ski Marathon – one of the biggest sports events in the world and ultimate challenge for 13’000 participating cross-country skiers (March).
- Snow and Symphony Music Festival – top level winter festival of classical music (March/April).
- International Concert Weeks – since 1940 firm entry in the St. Moritz calendar of events featuring world-famous orchestras, conductors and solo artists (July/August).