St. Moritz, Switzerland Travel Guide

Welcome to St. Moritz, a pristine alpine resort town in Switzerland's Engadin valley, known for its high-end amenities, superior skiing, and posh atmosphere. This guide will provide you with all the necessary details you need for a fabulous vacation.

Getting to St. Moritz

St. Moritz is served by the Samedan Airport, but most travelers prefer flying into Zurich or Milan and then proceeding by the following options.

  • By Train: Ride the scenic Glacier Express. Tickets can be booked online via the Swiss Federal Railways.
  • By Car: Drive from either Zurich or Milan to St. Moritz, soaking in the beautiful landscapes on your way.

Best Time to Visit

St. Moritz shines all year round. Choose your season depending on your preferences.

  • Winter (December till February): Ideal for ski culture, thrilling winter sports, and sophisticated social events.
  • Summer (June till August): Perfect for exploring beautiful hiking trails and water activities on the Lake St. Moritz.

Skiing and Winter Sports

No visit to St. Moritz would be complete without taking advantage of the world-class winter sports facilities available here. Regarded as the birthplace of winter tourism and Alpine winter sports, this town has everything you need for an exhilarating ski holiday.

  • Corviglia: This is St. Moritz's signature mountain for skiing with amazing views and well-groomed slopes. The Corviglia Ski Area has trails for all skill levels.
  • Ski Schools: Whether a beginner or an expert skier looking to polish your skills, St. Moritz provides top-notch ski instruction options including the British Alpine Ski School and Swiss Ski School St. Moritz.
  • Other Winter Sports: St. Moritz also caters to a range of other winter sports beyond skiing, including snowboarding, sledding, ice skating, and curling. For a truly unique experience, try the thrilling Cresta Run, a world-renowned natural ice skeleton racing toboggan track.

Where to Stay

For a touch of luxury and sophistication, consider:

These hotels offer world-class services and splendid views, and are located close to major attractions.

Must-see Attractions

  • Lake St. Moritz – Enjoy the scenic beauty of this Alpine lake.
  • Via Serlas – St. Moritz’s answer to Rodeo Drive. Visit Via Serlas to satisfy your shopping itch.
  • Architectural Landmarks – Marvel at the leaning tower, the Engadine Museum, and beautiful churches.

Culinary Delights

The town is home to an impressive array of restaurants. Recommended places include:

Spa and Wellness

St. Moritz is famed for its mineral springs and these natural resources continue to allure visitors seeking rest and relaxation. Here are some to explore:

  • Kempinski The Spa: Located at Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains, the spa offers a unique combination of fitness, relaxation, and beauty treatments.
  • Badrutt's Palace Wellness: Badrutt’s Palace Wellness offers saunas, steam baths, massages and a full beauty clinic for the rejuvenation of body and soul.
  • Samedan Mineral Bath & Spa: Located in a nearby town, this spa is famous for its mineral-rich waters.

Live Events

St. Moritz's calendar is packed with top-class sports, music, and art events.

Additional Recommendations

In addition to the recommendations shared, here are a few extra tips to make the most of your visit:

  • Art and Culture: Being a symbol of luxury and elegance, St. Moritz also boasts an important cultural side. The town is scattered with art galleries such as Vito Schnabel Gallery and Galerie Gmurzynska.
  • Nightlife: The town has a vibrant nightlife with numerous bars, lounges, and clubs. The legendary King’s Club at the Badrutt’s Palace Hotel is a nightlife institution.
  • Shopping: St. Moritz’s shopping is just as luxurious as its accommodations. From renowned jewelers and high-end fashion boutiques to gourmet food shops, there's something for all discerning shoppers on the streets of St. Moritz.
  • Day Trips: Consider visiting nearby towns for stunning sceneries and a taste of local culture. Don't forget a ride on the world-famous Bernina Express.

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