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Davos Switzerland

One of the oldest mountain resorts in Europe and a famous health haven for over 150 years, this location attracts amateur and professional skiers from all over the world. Health enthusiasts value Davos for its clean mountain air and healing environment. In fact, those suffering from diseases, including noted celebrities, travel here to recover.

Since the 18th century, people suffering from ill health have visited Davos because of its exclusive microclimate consisting of sunshine and high altitude clean air. Several famous people lived in Davos for its natural medicinal qualities such as Treasure Island writer Robert Louis Stevenson who contracted tuberculosis as a young man. Davos is also the setting for the sanitarium in Thomas Mann's famous novel Der Zauberberg (The Magic Mountain).


Tourist Information

Divided into two "cities," Davos-Platz (Place) and Davos-Dorf (Village), the entire area of Davos lies in Graubünden by the Landwasser River near the Swiss Alps. In addition, this city provides an interesting assortment of activities and sites to see such as:

  • Outdoor and indoor skating rinks
  • Sports centers
  • Sled runs
  • Almost 150 miles of ski slopes (resorts open from December to April)
  • Bike trails and walking paths in the mountains
  • Hosts the Spengler Cup Ice Hockey Tournament

Davos Switzerland hosts the World Economic Forum, a non-profit organization based in Geneva. The WEF annually assembles international political leaders as well as important business directors and journalists to discuss urgent matters affecting the world such as health, environment and human rights.

Visitors also enjoy the charm and quaintness of several hamlets surrounding the city. Hamlets are rural associations of individuals who live together in a place too small to be called a village. Some of these hamlets include:

  • Laret
  • Wolfgang
  • Clavadel
  • Spina
  • Flüela
  • Dischma
  • Sertig

Listed on the directory of the Swiss Heritage Sites of National Significance, Davos Switzerland is also home to:

  • The Town Archives
  • Grosses Jenatschhaus (Charity House)
  • Kirchner Museum
  • Waldfriedhof (The Forest Cemetery)
  • Berghotel Schatzalp
  • Zürcher Höhenklinik Von R. Gaberel.

Davos is a great place for Skiing

Skiing in Switzerlan

The Kirchner Museum contains many famous paintings by German Expressionist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, who established a group of artists known as Die Brücke (The Bridge) in the 1920's.

Berghotel Schatzalp

Constructed over 100 years ago in classic Art Nouveau style and initially used as a sanatorium, the Berghotel Schatzalp is one of the more popular and elegant resorts in Davos. Amenities for the Schatzalp include:

  • Steam room and sauna
  • Four restaurants, including a bar/lounge
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Secretarial services
  • Meeting rooms
  • Library
  • Airport shuttle
  • Ballrooms
  • Bellhop services
  • Currency exchange
  • Babysitting
  • Picnic area
  • Patio and barbecue
  • Wedding services

Davos Switzerland Restaurants

A lovely Swiss Cheese Fondue

Swiss Cheese Fondue - Switzerland

Located in the heart of Davos, The Bistro Gentiana at Promenade 53 is only a short stroll from many hotels. Serving traditional Swiss food such as fondues, rösti, Birchermüesli and quiches, this restaurant is considered "moderately" priced among tourists visiting Davos, with a meal and wine for two costing around 160 Swiss francs ($150 to $200).

Conveniently located near the Davos Dorf station, Der Pate at Bahnhofstrasse 6 is a popular restaurant for pasta and pizza. Decorated with posters and pictures of Marlon Brando, with the name "Der Pate," translated as "The Godfather," found on the walls.

Famous for its exclusively prepared mountain lamb, Meierhof Restaurant offers excellent Grison food enhanced by a list of over 200 wines.

After dining at one of these charming restaurants, tourists usually head for the variety of stores in downtown Davos Switzerland, where they shop for souvenirs, like original Swiss clocks, and sports equipment as well as oil paintings and lithographs produced by local and non-local artists.

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