Saint Moritz Travel Guide

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Saint Moritz Things to Do

  • Lake

    A walk along the lake is definitly the best experience you can have in St. Moritz during the hot months. The panorama is amazing and you can also swim in the lake if you dare to.

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  • Leaning Tower

    This leaning tower seems to be the symbol of Saint Moritz. It dates back in 12 century and it was a part of the Saint Mauritius church that was demolished in 1890.It is 33 meters high and its inclination is 5.5 degrees.

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  • Samedan Ref. parish church

    This Baroque church right in the centre of Samedan is not to mix up with the older ref. church St. Peter higher up. With its tall steeple it is *the* landmark in the old town of Samedan. The church was built after 1682 on a trapezoid ground plan, the steeple dates from 1770-73, designed by Antonio Carlo Ribordi from Milan. The interior is quite...

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  • Ref. parish church Bel Taimpel Celerina

    This nice Baroque church, located right in the centre of Celerina, was built 1667-69. The interior is rather simple - pillars at the walls, a barrel-shaped vault, a late-Gothic baptismal font from a former church. All white, the wood-carved pews and originally preserved pulpit make a nice contrast.The remarkable thing here is the cock-shaped...

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  • San Gian

    This church is not to overlook. It stands on a hill right in the middle of the valley, at the widest part, between Celerina, Samedan and Pontresina. This Romanesque hall-type church has a choir and steeple originally preserved from the 11th/12th century. The nave was enlarged in 1478 and has a painted wooden ceiling. The campanile (separately...

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  • Zuoz

    Zuoz, the old 'capital' of the Upper Engadine, is the best preserved and most beautiful village in the Upper Engadine. It is set on a hillside, slightly above the valley floor. Noble families like the Plantas built their family houses in Zuoz - in typical local style but larger than usual and with some more decoration as usual. See picture 5 e.g....

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  • Mountain hiking in St Moritz

    Just ask at your hotel desk and they will show you the various trails on a map and how to reach the trailhead. There are fantastic trails, some that do not require strenuous activity, but a nice, pleasant walk in some of the most fantastic scenery in the world. We spent a day, including lunch along the trail, and had a great time. You can take a...

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  • Mountain railway -video tour

    Enjoy the views travelling by funicular between the summit Corviglia (2486m) and St. Moritz-Dorf (1856m). A funicular, also known as a funicular railway, is a cable railway in which a cable attached to a pair of tram-like vehicles on rails moves them up and down a steep slope, the ascending and descending vehicles counterbalancing each other. VIDEO...

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  • Piz Nair mountain -video tour

    Piz Nair (3057m) is the highest skiable mountain in the region. It is located above St. Moritz in the Albula Range, accessible by aerial cable car from Corviglia. The Piz Nair Wall was the start of the men's downhill in the 2003 World Championship with a 100% drop results in an acceleration from 0 to 130km/h in 7 seconds. VIDEO of my visit:...

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Saint Moritz Hotels

Saint Moritz Restaurants

  • Caviar

    We found this sign advertising caviar and got curious. We went to the shop and fortunatly it was closed as the price was just 150€ for 30 grams.

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  • Wurstel and apricot cake

    St. Moritz is expensive but you can still stop for lunch at a decent price. Near the main square there was a cooking desk selling wurstel and apricot cake, you could take the water from the close fountain. We paid 15 euro and had our lunch, actually the cake was delicious. There are a lot of tables in the square where you can sit and have your...

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  • Morteratsch

    The restaurant (hotel) Morteratsch was where I had my first meal (lunch) in the Engadine, back in the early 1990s. I keep going back because it is a very special place. It is located on the Bernina railway route, only a small cul-de-sac road takes you there from the Bernina pass road - but parking is very limited, and since it has its own train...

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  • Segantini mountain hut

    There are many mountain huts around St. Moritz, and this is one of the most basic ones - but with breathtaking panoramic views. It is located on a mountain crest above Pontresina at 2,731 m, accessible on hiking trails from Muottas Muragl (funicular) or Alp Languard (chair lift). These hiking trails are quite challenging, not for the beginner,...

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  • Marchetta

    Right on the tiny square in Sils-Maria is this typical old Engadine-style house located, home of restaurant Marchetta (and next to the B&B Andreola which belongs to it.) It is run by two elderly ladies, the Godly sisters. The dining room is relatively small, but takes you back to the good old times: The walls are completely wood-panelled with Swiss...

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  • Hanselmann

    When you're in St. Moritz, a stop for coffee and (fancy) cake or just some truffes/pralines at Cafe Hanselmann is a *must*. The place is where *tout* St. Moritz shows up in the afternoon, chances for seeing celebrities are pretty high - in winter at least. This bakery/pastry shop/confiserie can look back at a tradition of well over 100 years, their...

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Saint Moritz Transportation

  • Daily ticket

    Every town in Switzerland can sell 2 daily discounted tickets that you can use to travel all around the country for 24 hours with all public transports.This is the web site where you can find infos about daily discounted tickets: http://www.swisstrotter.ch/it_originale/home.asp and this is the website where you can find train...

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  • Bernina Express to St Moritz

    We caught the IL TRENINO ROSSO (LITTLE RED TRAIN), or THE BERNINA EXPRESS from Tirano in Sondrio Province, Italy, across the border, through the Bernina Pass to St Moritz. The Journey takes about 2 hours, and it is an UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE protected train trip, only the third train trip in the world which is UNESCO World Heritage protected.Our base...

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  • Driving

    I use to drive to the Upper Engadine. It's not that enjoy driving much, but the train ride from my part of Germany to St. Moritz is awfully long, involves a number of changes and is very expensive. St. Moritz and the Upper Engadine are directly accessible by car from any direction, unlike other mountain towns (think Zermatt, Grindelwald e.g.) From...

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Saint Moritz Shopping

  • Soglio Products

    When in Soglio/Bregaglia Valley you should definitely have a look at the little "Linea Bregaglia" shop opposite the church. They sell local products, starting with delicious Marroni (chestnut) jam and cosmetic products made of local herbs to craft works. It is not cheap! 260 g of the fantastic Marroni jam cost approx. 7,50 Sfr.

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  • Bündner Fleisch & Salsiz

    It is a farm house, very old and obviously in need of renovation. Don't shy away, the food is excellent! The canton Graubünden is famous for its dried meat (beef) called Bündner Fleisch. It is usually served very thin sliced with some mixed pickles, bread and red wine.You should also try the delicious Salsiz, a sort of salami made of deer, chamois...

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Saint Moritz Local Customs

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    a wager 150 years old

    by surio71 Written Jun 30, 2015

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    A wager is what stands behind the birth of winter tourism, and this took place in Switzerland - more precisely in the towns of Davos and Saint Moritz.

    It was 1864, towards the end of the summer season. when the Swiss hotelier Johannes Badrutt from Saint Moritz made an offer to his English summer guests: come back in winter and see how pleasant it is. If you do not like it, I'll refund your travel expenses.

    British holidaymakers took up the bet and returned for Christmas... they liked the winter season so uch - and the many winter sports opportunities - that they stayed on until Easter.

    Winter 2014/15 sees the celebrations of this wager.

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Saint Moritz Warnings and Dangers

  • Flying balls

    We had a laugh when, approaching the golf park, we found this signal saying literally "attention Flying balls". There were not many players so we felt safe enough to have a walk around the green. Though the green is private, you can walk next to it and actually it's a nice walk, from there you can go down till the station and the lake.

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  • flyng golf balls

    Watch out for flying golf balls when you go for a walk near the 9-hole Kulm Golf St. Moritz. A path (open to all) runs in the middle of the golf course, hence the sign: Achtung, fliegende golf-balle (attention, flying golf balls). If you see people playing in the tee near you, keep your head down and hurry on... golf balls can hit you fast and...

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  • Highway tolls

    To use highways you must purchase and display a tax disc (vignette) on your vehicle. The cost is EUR 40The penalty for not displaying a disc is €80. They are sold at border crossings, fuel stations and post offices.

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Saint Moritz Off The Beaten Path

  • St. Moritz leaning tower

    Yes, there is a leaning tower in St. Moritz, too! It is located right in the centre of Dorf, and it is the only remaining part of the former Romanesque church which was built in the early 13th century. The tower still has the Romanesque lower part, but the upper floors were rebuilt in 1672. Over the years the pressure from the mountain above built...

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  • Pontresina ref. parish church San Niculò

    Beside the old church Sta. Maria with its famous frescoes, which is used for burial services or similar nowadays only, Pontresina also has this reformed parish church on the main street for regular services, built about 1640 in early Baroque style. In 1720 it was damaged by a fire and it was reconstructed in even simpler style - typical for...

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  • Val da Camp

    This is one of my favourite places, unfortunately (or not) in a somewhat remote location - thus never crowded. It is a side valley of the Poschiavo valley, beyond the Bernina pass. Easiest is to drive over the Bernina pass to Sfazu, park the car there and take the mini bus (large van) up into the valley. There is also a bus connection from the...

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Saint Moritz Sports & Outdoors

  • Cycling

    The Upper Engadine is heaven for cycling. The valley is wide and flat, some side valleys don't ascend much for quite some miles. My favourites are the cycling trails around the lakes - preferably at the eastern sides, because the busy roads are on the western sides. Pretty easy are also the trails into Roseg valley and Bernina valley as far as...

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  • Hike Alp Languard - Chamanna Paradis

    No, it's not a typo - in Rumantsch, the local language, "paradise" is written "Paradis" and the name fits, too. The hike starts at the top station of the chair lift Pontresina - Alp Languard at ca. 2,320 m. From the top station you can see your destination on the next mountain ridge in southeastern direction. You follow the trail up in direction...

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  • Hike Bernina-Suot to Morteratsch

    This is a gentle hike, more a walk, of just between one and two hours, depending on the number of photo stops along the way. It starts at the train (or bus) stop Bernina-Suot at the Bernina pass route, just one stop before famous Bernina-Diavolezza - you could start here, too, but this part of the trail is too close to the busy road to be...

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Saint Moritz Favorites

  • 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,...

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  • Few words in Romansh

    Below few words in Romansh that you can use while visiting Switzerland.0 - null 1 - in 2 - dus 3 - treis 4 - quater 5 - tschun 6 - sis 7 - siat 8 - otg 9 - nov 10 - diesch 11 - endisch 12 - dudisch 13 - tredisch 14 - quitordisch 15 - quendisch 16 - sedisch 17 - gisiat 18 - schotg 19 - scheniv 20 - vegn1/2 - in miez 1/3 - in tierz 1/4 - in...

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  • Few words in Swiss German

    Below few words in Swiss German that you can use while visiting Switzerland.Hello - GrüeziHello (to more than one person) - Grüezi mitenandGood evening - Gueten AbigHi (more informal than "grüezi") - Hoi/Salü/SaliHi (to more than one person) - Hoi zämeGood bye - (Uf) Widerluege/Ciao/TschüssThanks a lot - Merci vilmalSee you later - Bis spöterMonday...

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Corviglia summit -video tour
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Lake St. Moritz -video tour
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Town walk -video tour
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Strolling around the lake
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Sils - the sights
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Sils
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Hike Via Segantini
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Hike Furtschellas - Fex Valley
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Hike Muottas Muragl - Alp Languard
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Hiking in summer
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Bregaglia valley
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Sils - Fex valley
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Pontresina: church Sta. Maria
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Bernina Express
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Piz Corvatsch
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Muottas Muragl
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Chiesa San Carlo
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The town of St.Moritz is NOT my cup of tea !
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The funicular to Muottas Muragl
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The Cablecar to Diavolezza
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Diavolezza - a great daytrip from St.Moritz
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Looking down on St. Moritz from Muottas Muragl
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