Useful phone numbers
The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom in addition to their other emergency numbers.
Here are some useful phone numbers that you might need while in Switzerland:
Road emergency: 140
Psychological support (free and anonymous): 143
Psychological support for teens and children (free and anonymous): 147
Helicopter air-rescue (Rega): 1414 or by radio on 161.300 MHz
Air rescue (Air Glaciers) (in Valais only): 1415
Chiesa San Carlo
Chiesa San Carlo in St.Moritz-Bad
is a bit outside of the centre of St. Moritz, in one of the suburbs called St.Moritz-Bad (=bath). You will see this lovely church at the end of the lake and you will pass by it, when driving towards the Malojapass.. Chiesa San Carlo reminded me a lot of churches like you normally find them in Italy. This church is beautifully lighted at night and you will see it from a big distance already, because it was built quite close to the lake. For cardrivers there are lots of parking-spaces next to the church, walking-time from the trainstation of St.Moritz along the lake to Chiesa San Carlo will be around 15 minutes maybe.
Those expensive shops
Fortunately the shops were closed when we arrived in St Moritz, so we could only do some window shopping. Must admit though that the shops looked extremely interesting and I probably would have spend more dollars here than I should have
Bernina Express Train Ride
"One of the most spectacular and scenic train rides"
Nowadays there are Bernina Express trains operating from Chur or Davos via St. Moritz or Pontresina to Tirano. But the original one starts in St. Moritz, crosses the Bernina pass and finishs in Tirano. In my opinion this rail trip (doable easily in one day forth and back) is one of the most beautiful, scenic rail journeys in the world.
You start in the bustling, glamourous town St. Moritz, maybe after a wonderful stay in a four or five star hotel. After a short stop in the railway station of Pontresina the train leaves the villages and towns and pure nature welcomes you. The train climbs toward the Bernina Pass.
The picture shows the view back from the so called Montebello curve of the Piz Bernina (4049 m) and the Morteratsch glacier.
A short time later the train passes the stations of the Diavolezza and the Lagalb cable cars.
The scenery changes: due to the rough climate no trees anymore. It is a wild nature, but the traveller enjoy the three lakes with their different colours.
On the picture you see the largest lake, Lago Bianco (White Lake), located right on the Bernina pass at an elevation of 2253 m.
The Bernina Express train runs along the lakes, above which mighty peaks are towering up, reaching an elevation of more than 3000 m. Glaciers prove the cold climate.
After crossing the Bernina Pass (2253 m) the train winds down to Alp Grüm (2091 m), one of the most spectacular viewing points.
Vis-a-vis you see Piz Palü (3905 m) with its glacier, and right below the small lake. Its colour changes from dark blue to turquoise, depending on the light.
It is an excellent place to get off the train and have a break (lunch?) in the restaurant. Or even to stay for a night, enjoying the fabulous sunrise next morning?