Local Customs

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Local Customs

Location

St. Moritz is located in the heart of the Upper Engadin in the Swiss canton of Graubünden, 1,800 metres above the sea level. It can be reached via car or train as well as private jet via Engadine Airport in Samedan.

Climate

Thanks to its location St. Moritz features a dry and mild Apine climate with over 300 days of sunshine. Big variations in temperature between summer and winter, and between day and night are characteristic, as well as the refreshing Maloja wind that begins to blow around midday creates excellent conditions for windsurfers and sailors.

Currency

The local currancy is the Swiss Franc (CHF), with its minor unit „Rappen“. Locals also refer to it as „Stutz“.

Language

There are three official languages in Graubünden, German beeing the most common, followed by Italian and Romansh, the traditional Engadine language that is still taught in school and also spoken by most of the locals.

Dress Code

When choosing the outfit, one should always keep the Alpine climate in mind. In winter, a warm jacket as well as gloves and a hat is mandatory, in summer a light jacket and sunnglasses also come in handy. When going out in the evening the motto is „dress to impress“, though not all events require formal attire.

Local Food

When it comes to restaurants in St. Moritz, the variety reaches from pizza and pasta to Asian and local and from fine dining to cozy and casual. If you are unsure where to go, the concierges can always give the best recommendations and are happy to reserve a table in advance. Local specialties that should not be missed include the traditional Swiss cheese fondue, Pizziocheri, a dish of buckwheat noodles, potatoes, Swiss chard leaves and cheese or Capuns, small rolls of dough mixed with finely chopped salsiz or Bündnerfleisch, wrapped in a leaf of Swiss chard and baked with a topping of spicy cheese.

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