St. Moritz is more than just a
holiday resort. It was also the birthplace of Alpine
winter tourism (in 1864) and has twice hosted the
Winter Olympics. Nevertheless, St. Moritz first became
famous thanks to its mineral springs, which were
discovered 3,000 years ago and established the town as
a summer spa resort early on.
As well as traditional hiking and mountain biking,
guests can also try their hand at sailing, rowing,
windsurfing, kitesurfing, tennis, minigolf or horse
riding. The Ludains Ice Arena is also open to
skaters throughout the summer, while golfers will
find an Alpine paradise with four courses in the
surrounding area. Romantic carriage rides around
the lake, through the Staz forest or the grand town
itself are among the highlights of a stay in St.
Moritz. Mountaineers also have plenty of options in
Upper Engadine and there are 17 climbing gardens of
various difficulty levels to complete the
150 years ago, the hotelier Johannes Badrutt made a
bold bet with his English summer guests, promising
them mild Engadine sunshine in mid-winter. Badrutt
won the bet and St. Moritz went on to become one of
the world's most exceptional winter sports resorts.
For winter sports enthusiasts there are 350
kilometres of pistes with a state-of-the-art
infrastructure in the surrounding area. St.
Moritz's "house mountain", the Corviglia,
boasts the steepest start slope in Switzerland with
the Piz Nair Wall's 100 per cent vertiginous drop.
Toboggan riders plunge down the icy run which is
one of the oldest natural ice bob runs in the
world. For winter hikers there are 150 km of winter
walking trails and for cross-country skiers there
is a track network of about 200 km. The snowboard
fun park, curling and altitude training are just
some of the other winter sports facilities.