Kempinski Blog Article
One of the most well-known winter holiday resorts in the world, there are few travel destinations that are as admired and exclusive as St. Moritz. Here, guests can enjoy the pretty natural surroundings of the southern Swiss Alps, dining on exceptionally good food and shopping at luxury boutiques. It is said to have a 'champagne atmosphere', and for good reason.
Glitzy St. Moritz
This mountain destination is all about glitz and glamour. From the extremely upmarket hotels and guesthouses that populate the area, to the elegant restaurants, and the well-to-do clientele that includes a number of celebrities and ultra-wealthy individuals, St. Moritz is the embodiment of a high-end holiday.
Since the late 1800s, the destination has been near the top of many travellers’ wish lists, and has also hosted its share of exceptional events as well, including two Winter Olympics (1928 and 1948) and three alpine skiing world championships, the fourth of which is taking place in the town in February 2017. Add to this polo, Prada and horse riding, and the town’s exclusivity is proudly apparent.
St. Moritz' cuisine
Visitors to St. Moritz can expect bold flavours, five-star restaurants and sophisticated patisseries that will not disappoint. In the resort, Chesa Veglia is a popular place, with three restaurants and two bars, the menus focus heavily on traditional Swiss and Italian cuisines, with the most refined dishes being found at Grill Chadafo, specialising in grilled meat dishes.
Veltlinerkeller is also a great place to dine, serving homemade pasta, meat and fish dishes. Hauser, a restaurant and confectionary, offers lots of delicious cakes and pastries, the best-selling being the Engadine Nut Cake. For those that enjoy perfectly crafted wine lists and refined dishes, Dal Mulin is another excellent choice for the evening.
There are all sorts of things to spend your time doing in St. Moritz, morning, afternoon and night.
Skiing and snowboarding
If you are visiting St. Moritz, you are most likely there to enjoy some snow sports on the resort's famous slopes. Here, there are lots of opportunities for intermediates, although beginners and experts will be able to find good tuition and challenging routes as well. The main area, Corviglia, has lots of lifts and cable cars up to the peaks – perfect for speedy skiers – while for those that enjoy less busy slopes, Corvatsch is a great choice, with lots of exciting on-piste routes.
St. Moritz-Celerina Olympic Bobrun
The only naturally refrigerated bobsleigh track in the world, and also the oldest bobrun in the world, the St. Moritz-Celerina Olympic Bobrun is truly a piece of history. Whether or not you can bobsled, it is interesting visiting the course in the winter months and watching contenders barrel down the course at terrifying speeds.
The Leaning Tower
Built in the 12th century, the Leaning Tower of St. Moritz is all that remains of the Church of St. Mauritius, which was destroyed in 1893. All along its 5.5-degree inclination, you can admire the handsome ancient architecture, as well as taking in the pretty gardens and old ruins that surround the tower.
Lake St. Moritz
A fantastic sight, Lake St. Moritz is bordered by the town and surrounding slopes, and offers visitors the chance to walk around its perimeter, boat on its waters – and in deepest winter – enjoy all sorts of snow sports on its icy surface. It is definitely one of the loveliest lakes in the Swiss Alps.
One of the best viewing points in the region, Muottas Muragl is a great place to hike to on a sunny day, particularly during summer when the snow has melted and the valley has turned a lush green. If you don't want to hike, the slope's funicular railway is a fun trip, and you will still get to enjoy the many trails that run around the area.
Visiting St. Moritz
Deep within the south Swiss Alps, St. Moritz can be challenging to access, although travellers have a lot of options open to them when it comes to visiting. If travelling by plane, 20 minutes from the town is the airport at Samedan, which operates flights to Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Milan and Munich.
Visitors landing at Zurich International Airport can catch the SBB train to Chur, then take the RhB train to St. Moritz. Buses are also available from Chur and Lugano, with the amazing mountain views being included in the ticket price.
If you are travelling through central Switzerland by car during the winter, the only mountain pass open will be the Julierpass. From Italy, you can drive across the Bernina or Maloja, and those starting out in Davos or Klosters can take a car train through the Vereina Tunnel.
Helicopter is another method of transport (indeed the easiest and quickest), but is a rather pricey option.
During your stay in St. Moritz, you can take advantage of the very good public transport links and excellent cycling conditions, although beware of the steep streets. Parking is also rather limited, especially during the winter, so walking, hotel shuttle services or public transportation are the best options.
When visiting the town, the best accommodation open to guests is the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains. Once a Swiss palace, and the first grand hotel in St. Moritz, the hotel is truly elegant, offering guests the classic experience of indulgent Swiss luxury. Click here to explore its amazing rooms, suites, restaurants and spa facilities.