May 31, 2019 - 8:26 AM
in reply to Barnz 12
Hi Barnz 12,
We fell in love with Sils Maria last year - I have been too busy to write a full trip report and hope to get down to it when time permits. I also have to confess that I am rather "protective" of Sils as it was devoid of the awful busloads of loud tourists that we now encounter in parts of Switzerland especially Bernese Oberland. The horror of over promoting the place sends shivers down my spine should it lead to an influx of loud and rude visitors to quaint Sils Maria.
We stayed in a cozy hotel called Hotel Privata as well as Hotel Maria. These two hotels were very convenient for walking (3mins-5mins) to the bus stop for our side trips. The Waldhaus is a little higher up on a slope, behind Hotel Privata (if I am not mistaken). I do suggest making sure your accommodation includes half board as it is not easy to find dinner outside of our hotels as it's a small village.
We were there in late September and it was gorgeous - sorry we can't tell you what it's like in December. Although they did tell us to return when the lake is frozen sometime in March. I think in winter we have to jostle with the skiers with all their gear, which may not be as comfortable for us since we don't ski. So we haven't planned on returning in winter because we enjoy doing the beautiful walks around the area and taking the various cablecars up to the mountain cafes. The summer card is really fantastic value for money for all the side trips by bus and mountain transport.
Sils is such a picturesque postcard little village - if weather permits, do take the horse carriage ride into the Fex Valley right to the end, the whole valley really opens up towards the last half. There is a cafe at the very end where we get to enjoy a hot steaming cup of coffee and snack before returning. That was a memorable trip for us and still etched in our memories. We felt it was very worth it to do the private horse carriage return route. The hotel arranged for the Coretti horse carriage company to pick us up from our hotel which was just on the Main Street.
VAL FEX HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE: www.sils.ch/en/your-stay/discover-sils/fex-valley.html
From St. Moritz train station, there is a bus that goes into Sils Maria. I think it is the busline No. 4 (yellow Postbus) in the direction of Chiavenne to Sils Maria Posta bus stop. It’s 15 mins about 4 stops. However the bus does get full and if you have large suitcases, it's a little tricky. But please do your homework as this is my information when we visited last year in Sept, not December.
Some hotels do provide a private car transfer from St. Moritz if you are willing to pay. It's best to ask the hotel. I recall asking Hotel Maria and they mentioned Euros20 one way which is pretty reasonable especially if you have large suitcases.