St.Mortiz, the beautiful village that plays home to the rich and beautiful all year round, especially in winter. Long since the playground of the European elite, this scintillating Alpine resort holds more history amongst its unparalled beauty than you may know. The iron-rich mineral springs that put this destination on the map were discovered over 3,000 years ago, Europe’s first palace hotel was built here, Switzerland’s first electric light shone here and furthermore, kite-sailing was actually invented here on nearby Lake Silvaplana.
Today, this mountainous metropolis is renowned worldwide as a popular holiday resort, not only for its breathtaking scenery and vibrant atmosphere but also its diverse culture and cosmopolitan outlook.
To ensure you don’t miss out on any of the action when visiting St.Moritz, here’s our bucket list ensuring you experience the destination in all its glory.
One must take high tea in the lobby at Badrutt’s Palace Hotel
Experience the grandeur of this historic hotel from the comfort of a cosy armchair. Badrutt’s Palace Hotel is the most famous hotel in the Alps and an icon of St. Moritz’s luxurious five-star accommodation.
Take in a film at Kino Scala
Kino Scala is a real gem. Although equipped with all the latest technology, it still retains its unique vintage cinema flair. Go on, head to the big screen during your stay in St. Moritz.
Ride the Cresta Run
This sport is exclusively available to men looking for an adventure of their own. To be part of this experience, make sure you register in advance at the Cresta Run office. Beginners are also required to complete a training course.
Stroll around the Segantini Museum
The monumental Alpine triptych “Life, Nature and Death” in the dome of the Segantini Museum is definitely worth a visit. Giovanni Segantini (1858–1899) is considered an important artist in the realm of realistic symbolism.
Savour a slice on Engadin walnut tart
The Engadin walnut tart is the ultimate guilty pleasure. Generations of local confectioners have continued to refine this signature dish with rich cream, caramel and chunky walnuts. The result is Engadin “tuorta da nusch engiadinaisa” – and a baking tradition that international visitors have carried back to all corners of the globe. To taste this signature walnut, visit any patisserie including Conditorei Hanselmann and Confiserie Hauser.
Journey to Italy on the Bernina Express
A spectacular journey on the Bernina Express takes you across the Bernina pass (2,253 meters a.s.l.), through the romantic wilderness of Alpine valleys, past glaciers and mountain peaks, through Puschlav and all the way to Tirano in Italy. Unsurprisingly, the Rhätischen Railway’s Bernina route was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2008.
Dance the night away at Dracula Club
Gunter Sachs opened the world famous Dracula Club in the 1970s. In his heyday, Sachs was one of the European jet set’s most colorful characters. The doors of this private club only open for members and their friends – and in summer for those attending the Festival da Jazz.
Shop ’till you drop
Via Serlas is St. Moritz’s answer to Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse and Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles and for shopping fanatics. From Chanel and Gucci to Louis Vuitton, you can shop at internationally renowned fashion houses along this stylish shopping boulevard. You’ll also find more major labels and boutiques in the village center.
Ski under the stars
Corvatsch Snow Night: in winter you can go skiing every Friday night until 2.00 a.m. on Switzerland’s longest illuminated ski run (4.2 km). Once their boots are off, skiers put on their party shoes and head to the dance floor at the legendary Hossa Bar.
Taxi? I’d rather a bobsleigh!
The St. Moritz-Celerina Olympic bob run is the only natural ice bobsleigh track in the world. Bobsleigh taxi rides are offered daily following training sessions and/or races. The 1,722-metre-long track only takes around 75 seconds to complete, at “horseshoe” corner you’ll experience a g-force of up to 4.5 G and before the Martineau corner you’ll reach a top speeds as high as 135 km/h.
Ride down the Corviglia flow trail
Over the past few years, St. Moritz’s local mountain Corviglia has become a veritable mountain bike paradise. This transformation owes much to its new flow trails and “mountain bike rollercoaster” with banked curves, corrugations and jumps. The Corviglia flow trail is the most famous and is also suitable for less experienced riders. But be warned: the breathtaking panoramic views might distract you!
Walk across frozen Lake St. Moritz
And witness the White Turf Horse Races (February) or the Snow Polo World Cup (January).
Eat at La Baracca
Polenta instead of sushi, chaos instead of class, and scaffolding instead of plush surrounds improvisation instead of perfection. Add to this a touch of street culture and delicious dishes prepared by an ever-changing array of guest chefs. The miners’ cabin at the gondola car park has already achieved cult status (only open in winter).
Indulge in luxury St.Mortiz
he best places to be pampered? The new OVAVERVA Pool, Spa & Sports Centre St. Moritz, or in the public spas at the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains or at Kulm Hotel St. Moritz.