St Moritz

St Moritz

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St Moritz

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 which was also the birthplace of Alpine winter tourism (in 1864) . 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.

Season

December 15, 2018 – April 30, 2019

Ski area

St. Moritz’s local mountain Corviglia and the neighbouring Corvatsch and Diavolezza skiing areas promise a first-class skiing experience offering 350 km 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.

Accommodation

More than a dozen four and five-star hotels, including the famous Badrutt’s Palace and the historic Hotel Kulm, set the tone in St. Moritz. Hotel guests staying two nights or more in the Engadin St. Moritz holiday region are rewarded with unbeatable ski pass prices when you book two or more consecutive nights in the same hotel.

Off-piste

Historic Grand Restaurants, splendid hotel lobbies, modern lounges, cosy taverns with stone pine panelling, iconic classics, mountaintop restaurants and simple pubs are some of the locations to choose from with countless bars, cafés and lounges. After visiting the iconic bars and sunny terraces on the slopes, head to the Roo Bar or the Cascade for an après ski drink with style. And for an aperitif before dinner, there’s the Pavarotti & Friends wine bar.
St. Moritz unites profound natural beauty with urban elegance. The Alpine town is home to a surprisingly extensive collection of fashion boutiques.

Top Events

  • St. Moritz Polo World Cup on Snow – the prestigious winter polo tournament on snow attracts around 15,000 spectators to Lake St. Moritz each year (January).
  • White Turf St. Moritz „International Horse Races since 1907“ – these exclusive horse races on the frozen expanse of Lake St. Moritz are the highlight of the social calendar (February).
  • FIS Ladies Alpine Ski World Cup St. Moritz – look forward to excitement on Corviglia when the ladies of international skiing compete in the Super G and giant slalom disciplines (December).
CountrySwitzerland
Languages spokenGerman, French, Italian
Currency usedCHF (Swiss Franc)
Transfer time

By scenic rail.
Zurich: 3 hrs 20 min (1 connection in Chur)
Andermatt: 4 hrs 45 min (Glacier Express - no changes)
Zermatt: 7 hrs 45 min (Glacier Express - no changes)

Travel on either of two heritage railway lines, the Glacier Express and the Bernina Express.

Resort altitude1,856 m
Linked ski area

Engadin St Moritz

Skiable area

350 km of slopes
Beginner 70 km, Intermediate 245 km, Advanced 35 km
Longest run: 10 km
Summit: 3,303 m
Number of ski lifts: 57
Cable cars: 7
Funiculars: 3
Gondolas: 1
Chairlifts: 21
Surface lifts: 25

Number of lifts57

Video

Engadin St Moritz video

Trail maps

Engadin St Moritz trail map

Location

Where to stay in St Moritz

Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains

Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains

St Moritz
Nightly ski package incl lift pass – Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains St Moritz.Read Revi More info
Nira Alpina

Nira Alpina

St Moritz
Nightly ski package incl lift pass – Hotel Nira Alpina .Read ReviewsOpen: 07 Dec 2018 More info
Magnificent Switzerland (Gold) - 12 Days

Magnificent Switzerland (Gold) - 12 Days

St Moritz, Andermatt, Zermatt
Price per person from $ 7,420
Winter wonderland on the Glacier Express with Swiss alpine chic to traditional villages. The 12 Day More info

Activities

Bob & Skeleton

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.

Cresta run

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

Ice skating

From December to March, the ice park «Glatschin» on Plazza Rosatsch in St. Moritz Bad, features an iced path meandering along market stands, is bound to exude a cheery winter mood.

Sledding

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.

Winter walking

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

Cross-country skiing

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.

Curling

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.

Other activities

  • Fat bikes
  • Horse-drawn carriage rides
  • Snowkiting
  • Tandem paragliding and hang gliding
  • Guided snowshoeing
  • Winter horse riding