Spring break in St. Moritz
If it’s sports, adventure or culture you’re looking for, venture out of the Middle East and visit Scintillating St. Moritz
The beautiful Upper Engadin landscape surrounded by lakes and frozen peaks, the cosmopolitan ambiance and the sun shining all year long make St. Moritz the place where everybody wants to be. Sophisticated yet full of charm, the Swiss resort will offer you a unique and memorable experience.
Nature and tranquility lovers will also find their peaceful corner of paradise in St Moritz. You will regain all your energy and inner peace in the luxurious spas and therapy centers. St. Moritz gathers a fine selection of restaurants, too. After dining on the top of the world, indulge yourself with a slice of the classic regional Engadin walnut cake.
Skiers, mountain climbers, nature lovers and gourmets, St. Moritz will never disappoint you.
Needless to say, all the top fashion labels are to be found in St. Moritz. But the resort also shows its excellent taste with its local specialities.
Europe's highest-lying shopping street, Via Serlas, offers a unique shopping experience. Prestigious fashion labels can be found in elegant boutiques within the smallest of areas. But ordinary sports outlets, delightful souvenir and gift shops, and exclusive delicatessens also belong to the wide range of shopping facilities in this chic Alpine destination. And the resort also shows its good taste with a range of delicious local specialities. Take Hatecke’ssalsiz, an “haute couture” version of the classic Engadin air-dried sausage: this meat-curing facility celebrates chic Alpine style and could almost pass as an art gallery. Nowhere can you find leaner sausages or more tender cured meat. Or Gautschi’s tobacconist: the owner himself is a great aficionado of cigars and keeps Graubünden’s best-stocked humidor. Jean-Paul Hausammann’s is the place to go for Brut St. Moritz Champagne, the tourist office for legendary old posters of St. Moritz, andBucherer for the greatest choice of Swiss quality watches. The best tactic is simply to stroll around – and let yourself be surprised.
Gastronomy:the top address for gourmets
St. Moritz is home to 97 restaurants - 16 of which have been awarded a total of 221GaultMillau points.
Having over 400 GaultMillau points in the whole Engadin valley, St. Moritz and the Engadin is an absolute paradise for food connoisseurs. However, more simple establishments show that they, too, have great taste – and serve up specialities that are a treat for the eye as well as the palate.
The sheer density of gastronomic hotspots here is remarkable: every tenth restaurant carries a gourmet certificate, and many more are of a compatible standard. St. Moritz is synonymous with fine cuisine. It therefore comes as no surprise that St. Moritz’s culinary scene is characterised by a spirit of innovation. World-class cookery is presented in the many exclusive restaurants, which are particularly abundant in the valley.
Sports in St.Moritz
St. Moritz was famously the birthplace of winter Alpine tourism and winter sports in the 19th century, as well as the venue for two Winter Olympic Games (1928 and 1948) and numerous ski and bobsleigh world championships. During the winter and spring months, the glamorous atmosphere in St. Moritz and the thrilling mountain on its doorstep, the Corviglia, make for a ski experience of a very special kind.
Snow-covered slopes sparkling in the sun, and a wide, high valley, bewitching in its multifaceted beauty. In short: a true snow sports paradise. In the four large and varied ski areas of Corviglia/Piz Nair, Corvatsch, Diavolezza/Lagalb and Zuoz, winter sports fans have 350km (217 miles) of slopes waiting to be explored.Thanks to the high altitude and the modern artificial snowmaking facilities, Engadin St. Moritz is snow-sure. Throughout the area, 34 mountain restaurants cater to visitors’ physical wellbeing, offering mouth-watering gastronomic variety.
Anyone looking for a rather more leisurely day out can enjoy a romantic ride in a horse-drawn sleigh or carriage, exploring the idyllic side valleys or the spectacular landscape of frozen lakes along the way. Or see the Engadin from a bird's eye view. On a helicopter flight over the Bernina massif, you can take a close-up look at the highest peaks in the eastern Alps. Flying enthusiasts who like to feel the wind in their face, meanwhile, can enjoy a rather more sedate flight by hang-glider or paraglider, also during winter time this is a special experience.
Wellness: pampering at the highest level
You would expect to find a steam bath or sauna at many of St. Moritz’s accommodation facilities. For the ultimate wellness experience, however, you need to head to one of the five-star hotels. Fortunately, most open their day spas to non-residents, too.
After a full day of skiing, your muscles ache, your body craves relaxation, your mind seeks inspiration. And your spirit longs for somewhere soothing yet varied, a place that pleases the eye – such as the St. Moritz High Alpine Spa at the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains. Here, local materials have been used simply and stylishly to good effect – whether in the chalet-style herbal sauna, the hot-stone sauna or the sensual ladies’ spa. The spa at the Kulm Hotel, too, is the epitome of elegance and meets the highest requirements throughout. Meanwhile, the spa at the modern Carlton Hotel whisks guests away to a completely different realm, spread over 1,200 sq. m (13,000 sq. ft) on three storeys – albeit only in winter. A couple of spas, however, are reserved for hotel guests: the lavishly renovated facilities at Badrutt’s Palace, and the wellness complex with large indoor pool and exquisite beauty centre at Suvretta House.
Art: all the world at home in the mountains
You are almost tempted to wish for a few cloudy days as an excuse to stay indoors, for the galleries and museums of St. Moritz are too well-stocked to be missed.
That is the downside of an exceptionally sunny climate: you might have to “sacrifice” a day of fantastic weather in order to check out the latest art acquisitions. Famous artists have found inspiration, while lesser-known names have excelled themselves in their particular field. As a result, a stroll through the galleries and museums of St. Moritz often prompts the viewer to take a fresh look at the familiar.
About St. Moritz
In 1864, hotelier Johannes Badrutt made a bold wager with some of his English summer guests: he promised them that if they came back in the winter, they would still be able to enjoy the mild Engadin sunshine on his terrace in their shirtsleeves. If not, he would pay their travel costs. The guests came back at Christmas – and returned home at Easter, tanned, relaxed and happy. And so, 150 years ago, winter tourism was born in St Moritz. However, the village had been welcoming guests long before that. The rich and beautiful from all over Europe flocked to St Moritz in the summer to visit the iron-rich mineral springs, which were discovered in St Moritz over 3,000 years ago. The scintillating Alpine resort has written history in other ways, too. Switzerland’s first electric light shone here, Europe’s first Palace Hotel was built here, and new sports have been created here that have gone on to achieve worldwide popularity – the most recent being kite-sailing on the nearby Lake Silvaplana. Today this Alpine metropolis is renowned throughout the world as the ultimate holiday resort.