Kempinski Blog Article
Switzerland is a country of outstanding natural beauty, with its towering alpine mountains making it a haven for skiers and snowboarders alike. St. Moritz is one of the most popular resorts for such activity, having twice hosted the Winter Olympics and offering a wealth of world-class facilities for snow-based sport.
While other resorts may close when winter ends, St. Moritz comes alive. Here we show you a selection of activities available for those visiting in the warmer months, showcasing the town as the gorgeous, year-round destination it truly is.
Walking on Sunshine
Mountain ranges are rarely renowned for their sunny climates, but St. Moritz is the welcome exception. With an average of 300 days of sunshine a year, St. Moritz is the perfect place to enjoy the stunning alpine scenery, with accompanying pleasant temperatures.
Visitors can enjoy the breathtaking scenery from one of many hiking trails, which all feature expansive panoramic views along the routes. Walkers will encounter shimmering lakes amongst the fairy tale woodland, while taking in the colourful wild meadows of the Engadin valley.
Funicular railways provide access to the higher mountain reaches and reward hikers with scenes they will remember for a lifetime. Off-season travel passes are significantly cheaper than those available in peak months, so are worth purchasing. One particular gondola is located just opposite Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains St. Moritz, making the property an ideal base for any mountain exploration.
The golf courses around St. Moritz offer some of the best backdrops to any sporting arena on the planet. The area was chosen as the site of the very first golf course on mainland Europe and it’s not hard to see why, with the holes which range in difficulty set amongst the beautiful mountain valleys.
Golfers must somehow keep their attention focussed on the game as natural hazards, such as alpine streams and lakes, dissect the courses at regular intervals. With rolling, undulating fairways, even the most experienced of players are able to seek a challenge, while beginners are also catered for. Regardless of ability, the courses of St. Moritz provide a thrilling experience to all those who take them on, with the distraction of alpine splendour always a handy excuse for any wayward shots.
Travelling in Style
There is no more magical way to explore St. Moritz and its surrounding landscapes than by horse-drawn carriage. There are a number of routes available, with the romantic trips running throughout the summer months, several times a day.
From the back of the carriage, take in the awe-inspiring views of the local mountain ranges and glaciers, all to the gentle sound of the horse’s hooves.
Rides can be combined with hikes and meals, with the round trips offering a different perspective on this beautiful part of the world.
The end of the ski season doesn’t mean the end of adventure in St. Moritz. For those looking for an adrenaline rush, the Marguns scooters are a fantastic way to explore the area. Pick up your scooter at the top station, a huge 2,273m above sea level, before descending through the luscious valleys and meadows on the meandering mountain path.
The scooters have two mountain bike wheels, which are useful for the sections passing through woodland, and offer great stability, meaning everyone can take part in the fun.
While the surrounding area is stunning, the town of St. Moritz itself provides plenty of entertainment for summer time visitors. From its central cobbled square to its high-end variety of restaurants and shops, the resort is a joy to wander around, letting visitors soak up the special atmosphere.
Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains St. Moritz is located in the southwest corner of the town, in the Upper Engadin, and offers five-star luxury in the midst of the natural beauty. The hotel offers a variety of outdoor activity packages, including sailing, climbing and glider flying, and various onsite facilities, such as a casino, tennis court and kids club.
If you are planning on visiting St. Moritz, at any time of year, contact us at Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains St. Moritz – we would love to help plan your trip.