What to expect from a stay in Davos, Switzerland

Davos

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Must knows about Davos

  • While Davos first gained international attention in the early 20th century as a health and wellness town, it is now most well-know for its ski areas, with ski runs that go for up to 12 km;
  • Davos does not have the glamour of some other Swiss towns, nor does it have a substantial historical town center. Davos is all about the natural beauty in the surrounding area;
  • Davos is the highest larger town in Europe.

View of the town of Davos in early summer, with the Jakobshorn on the left and Rinerhorn on the right.

About Davos

Davos is the highest town in Europe (with a population over 10,000). Nestled in the Landwasser Valley, Davos is surrounded by mountains and forest.

WHAT TO DO

What to do in and around Davos.

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HOW TO TRAVEL

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Facts about Davos

The town of Davos

The town of Davos is split in two parts with Davos Dorf in the North-East and Davos Platz in the South-West. One can walk from one end to the other in about 45 minutes. The valley is also home to the village of Klosters located about 30 minutes north-east still of Davos Dorf and a bit further on Küblis.

You may have heard of Davos before: it regularly makes the headlines when the World Economic Forum annual meetup takes place in town.

Pros and cons of Davos

Davos is fairly secluded, with the closest city to Davos being Chur (often used to start the Glacier Express or Bernina Express trips), which is 1h30 by train. Davos is a large ski resort town with several large hotels and conference centers and doesn’t quite have the cache and glamour of St. Moritz or Zermatt, which can help keep costs down – a little. Davos is typically busiest in the winter, and therefore can be a great experience in the summer when it is slightly less busy (off the tourist radar unlike St. Moritz).

What to do in Davos

The main activities are mountain-based: hiking, biking and swimming in Lake Davos in the summer and any snow sport you can think of in the winter. Being a fairly large town, Davos has good shopping opportunities as well as many restaurants and bars and a casino to keep you entertained.

Mountain chair lifts, cable cars and funiculars can be accessed all along the valley from the various villages. In the winter, you can ski the famous Parsenn downhill run, from Weissfluh (above Davos Dorf) to Küblis (12km away). On top of over 300 km of downhill ski runs, there are 111 km of winter hiking and snowshoe trails and 75 km of cross-country ski trails. Davos is home to Europe’s largest natural skating rink at 1,800 m2, so naturally it is also home to Switzerland’s most successful ice hockey team, the Davos Hockey Club.

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