Kempinski Blog Article
The jewel in the crown of Switzerland’s world-renowned ski resorts, St. Moritz is said to have been the resort that started alpine tourism in 1864 and has twice hosted the Winter Olympic Games. It is a place where any lover of winter sports should visit at least once, and with beautiful scenery, a rich culture and emphasis on luxury, it also graciously welcomes travellers who have slightly less enthusiasm for sport!
Stunning St. Moritz
One of the alpine destination’s most striking aspects is its location: the Upper Engadine, a section of the dizzyingly beautiful Engadine valley that tracks the Inn River. The natural wonder is a fantastic place to visit, with the bright blue Lake St. Moritz transitioning to forested foothills which rise to jagged, snow-peaked mountains.
Visiting in winter, there is snow wherever you look, perfectly framed by bright, sapphire skies. In autumn, the forests turn swathes of orange, brown and green, while in spring and summer the valley comes alive with beautifully clear and vibrant colour. Whenever you visit, the higher you go, the better views you will enjoy – the clean air means that you can gaze out far into the distance and feel truly at the top of the world.
Then there is the town itself, which after centuries of tourism, has developed into a luxurious hideaway for the world’s elite. Whether you are a traveller who searches for the best in contemporary cuisine or you have a fondness for exquisite boutique shopping, St. Moritz can accommodate.
Visiting St. Moritz
Despite its remote mountain location, St. Moritz is easily accessible via plane, train, car, helicopter or bus.
Air passengers can fly to Zurich International Airport, taking the SBB train to Chur, and from there, the Rhb train to St. Moritz. It is a beautiful journey across dizzyingly high viaducts and through icy mountain passes. There is also an airport around 20 minutes from St. Moritz in Samedan that offers regular flights to and from Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Munich and Milan, and helicopters can be arranged from most airports in the region.
If travelling by car, the only winter route open is the Julierpass, though there is a car train available to visitors from Davos and Klosters. Visitors from Italy can drive over the Majola and Bermina routes. Buses are available from Chur and Lugano, operated by the Post Bus service, and naturally benefit from the outstanding scenery.
When you are in St. Moritz, there are a range of public transport options, including a number of local bus and rail services. As it is a small town, cycling and walking are also a good idea, allowing you to take in the fresh mountain air.
A stay in St. Moritz demands luxurious accommodation, and that is exactly what you will find at Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains. Located close to the town centre, it is a perfect base from which to enjoy the Engadine region, with three excellent restaurants, a spa and a wide range of elegant rooms, suites and luxury residences available.
St. Moritz’ cuisine
After an active day on the slopes, St. Moritz has a wide range of sumptuous restaurants to choose from, offering all sorts of local delicacies and representing all types of cuisines too.
If you are looking for local flavours, you will very much enjoy the amazing selection of local cheeses such as Bio Creppun, hearty Röstis and air-dried beef sliced paper thin. Then there’s yak meat, marmot and plenty of venison – St. Moritz is a perfect match for meat-lovers.
Heading to the Panorama Restaurant at the top of Piz Nair, you can enjoy local delights over 3,000m-high, or if you would like to eat a little closer to the centre, visit Restaurant Gondolezza for a fondue-based meal in a converted cable car. For high-end chocolate and cheese, book a table at Ecco on Snow, a two Michelin-starred restaurant that will delight your taste buds.
Most visitors to St. Moritz are there for the slopes since there are over 350 km of prepared slopes across the four ski regions of Corviglia, Zuoz, Corvatsch and Diavolezza. But there is plenty to see and do aside from racing down the pistes – here are some of the places you simply must visit while you are exploring the town:
It is easy to be captivated by the beautiful scenery when visiting the Alps, and for centuries it has inspired countless artists including Giovanni Segantini. The Segantini Museum displays his brilliant works, that, in the Realistic Symbolism style, wonderfully capture the landscape of the Alps and the rural people that once lived there.
Leaning Tower of St. Moritz
A 33-metre high tower built in 1570, the Leaning Tower is a picturesque sight, built from white stone and with a clock face painted in red and gold. It is the symbol of the town, and a sight that every visitor should enjoy at least once.
The heart of the town’s luxury shopping scene, Via Serlas has a wide range of exquisite stores. You will find boutiques from Marc Jacobs, Tod’s, Moncler, Jil Sander and countless others, offering the best in high fashion, jewellery and more. Just make sure to bring your credit card!
Visiting in late spring through to early autumn, there isn’t much snow to be found in St. Moritz, however there are plenty of off-piste activities to enjoy, including exhilarating mountain biking. There are hundreds of kilometres of tracks that fill the landscape, twisting through forests, hills and craggy mountain passes
St. Moritz is the playground of the rich and famous for good reason! For more information on the town and to find out how Kempinski can make your stay as enjoyable as possible, click here to contact the hotel team at Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains.