The invincible combination of breathtaking landscapes, plenty of activities and lavish Swiss hospitality has been attracting thousands of tourists since 1864.
Can you guess what place we are talking about? The one and only, inimitable Swiss ski resort – its majesty St. Moritz!
St. Moritz is a classy ski resort in the heart of Engadin Valley, right at the Swiss-Italian border.
This region covers more than 99 kilometers of ski trails, three peaks higher than 3,000 meters, 56 gondolas and other ski lifts. Here are some of the highest peaks in this part of the Alps and the longest night trail in the country.
The trails here are mostly red, with some black or blue. But don’t lose your spirit. The four World Ski Championships and the World Cup have taken place right here.
So these red ski trails are more crimson than bright red.
But, is there anything else that St. Moritz can offer besides its snow-white landscapes?
St. Moritz – Things to Do in Winter
Skiing and Snowboarding – Unavoidable St. Moritz Winter Activity
St. Moritz is Europe’s winter paradise. There are four main ski areas in St. Moritz:
Corviglia and Corvatsch are the most accessible areas, closest to the village. Here, beginners have a couple of good terrain options.
However, they offer plenty of thrilling challenges spread out over the vast expanse of the area.
With its numerous meticulously groomed blue trails, Corviglia is especially attractive to families with children.
People with intermediate skiing skills can explore nearly all of the ski areas thanks to St. Moritz’s exceptional grooming capabilities.
For the skiing experts, Diavolezza and Lagalb have black trails, probably the most challenging ones in St. Moritz.
Along with an awesome view, Diavolezza offers a renowned off-piste glacier route.
The Adrenaline Rush of Cresta Run and Bobsledding
Located in the cradle of winter sports tourism, the Cresta Run is a natural ice skeleton racing toboggan track in the eastern part of Switzerland. The entire 1.212 kilometers of the track makes one of the few in the world that is completely dedicated to the skeleton.
Though exciting, the Cresta Run is not for the fainthearted.
It offers extreme tobogganing – on your stomach and head-first, with speeds of up to 125k/h.
Those who manage to remain on board throughout the entire ride can boast about achieving a significant accomplishment.
The Run is generally open to men only from Christmas until the end of February.
From 1929 until December 2018, women were forbidden from sledging on Cresta Run. In 2019, Carina Evans from Britain became the first woman to descend it.
Hang Gliding – Delightful St. Moritz’s Landscape from the Bird’s-eye View
St. Moritz visitors who seek a thrilling and challenging adventure are actually at the right place.
St. Moritz offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking views of its landscapes from a different perspective.
Hang gliding is a tandem flight with highly experienced and qualified tandem pilots. It often takes place from the top of Mount Corviglia, while landing is on the frozen St. Moritz Lake.
Mere flight, at the vertical height of circa 700 meters, lasts about 10 minutes. But those 10 minutes are the perfect shot for adrenalin junkies!
This unique outdoor experience broadens your horizons and makes you feel alive in a very special way.
Out of the Ordinary Cricket on Ice
This picturesque Swiss resort is not only famous for its beautiful ski slopes surrounded by pristine nature, but also for some unusual winter sports activities.
St. Moritz is the only place in the world where cricket is being played on ice.
The sensational experience it provides attracts cricket enthusiasts from all over the world – international players and high-flying business people alike.
Each February, there is a great opportunity for team building in a fun and exhilarating atmosphere.
Participating in the most prestigious event of this kind is also an excellent opportunity to connect with other businesses, create networks and promote services.
The best thing? To attend Cricket on Ice, there is no need for an entry ticket. Everybody is welcome to drop by and watch the game being played, have a bite and drink while relaxing, cheering the players and chatting with other guests.
St. Moritz – things to do in summer
Hiking across St. Moritz’s Lavish Green Fields
The best way to explore some area is on foot. Luckily for the fans of walking and hiking, the Engadin Valley offers 500 kilometers of trails and routes. Nature lovers can enjoy trails of varying levels of difficulty:
interactive hiking routes.
On your way, you can enjoy the captivating views of the green hills, towering snow-capped peaks hear and there, lush alpine meadows beneath, and sparking lakes in the distance.
In summer, summits like Corviglia/Piz Nair, Corvatsch, Muottas Muragl, and Diavolezza are also accessible by foot.
For those who prefer some activities more demanding than regular hiking, St. Moritz provides Nordic walking trails and Nordic parks.
The only equipment needed is the sticks, which give walkers more power when used properly. If none of this is your thing, you can always rent a bike and go on an adventure around St. Moritz.
Water Sports on St. Moritz’s Resplendent Lakes
The deep blue of the Engadin’s lakes and sublime mountain panorama are irresistible to water lovers. A steady flow of the famous Maloja wind creates perfect conditions for sailing, wind and kite surfing.
Every year, St. Moritz attracts the world’s top water sports athletes for the Engadin Windsurfing Marathon and St. Moritz Match Race.
But it’s not only surfers who love lakes around St. Moritz.
Lake St. Moritz and Lake Silvaplana host the Swiss, European and the World Sailing Championships every August.
It is a unique opportunity to sail regattas at 1,800 meters above sea level. St. Moritz is also a great place to learn how to sail as it offers a variety of courses to the inexperienced.
If you prefer things to go easier, you can explore the crystal-clear lake waters at your own pace by taking a paddleboard.
Large lakes in the Engadin Valley – Lake St. Moritz, Silvaplana, Silversee, and Champfersee might be too chilly for some swimmers.
Luckily for them, there are dozens of other smaller, shallower and warmer lakes with pleasant temperatures in summer.
Some are even equipped with sunbathing lawns, picnic tables, BBQ areas, and toilets. Perfect for family outdoor time.
Mountain Biking – a Must in St. Moritz
In recent years, Corviglia, one of the mountains overlooking St. Moritz, has evolved into a real hot spot for mountain biking.
There are three different flow trails that are all family-friendly and suitable for children aged 12 and up. But don’t lose your spirit. Their banked curves, bumps, and jumps will surely raise your pulse.
Mountain biking in St. Moritz is becoming more and more popular. The fans of this activity can enjoy not only an endless range of routes and trails but also splendid views while breathing in the fresh mountain air.
It is also possible to take the cable car and reach the Piz Nair mountain station at 3,056 meters above sea levels. Glide through gentle hills, admire the stunning views from the top and then race down a steep descent with the wind in your face.
Horse riding – Trot to the Top of the Mountain
St. Moritz is the horseback riding center of the Alps. A multitude of equestrian events and horse races are held each year, except for the most famous polo tournaments.
In Zouz, a nearby village on the Inn River, a show jumping tournament has been a tradition for 50 years now, gathering horse enthusiasts from all parts of Switzerland.
Several ranches are offering various trips on horseback through the Engadin Valley.
Everybody, experienced or not, can go on a journey on the back of these beautiful tame animals.
You can choose from a short ride, a day trip, a multi-day trip, or even a ride in a romantic horse-drawn carriage.
Riding lessons are also provided to beginners.
Special activities are organized for children, so you can take them on their first horse riding with instructors. Even three years old children can go on gentle walks with ponies.
Regardless of the level of your riding skills, you can be sure that you will have an unbelievable, fascinating experience.
What to visit when in St. Moritz?
If you are not much of a recreationist, don’t worry, St. Moritz provides enough different content to meet everyone’s needs.
Museums & Galleries Preserving the Cultural Heritage of St. Moritz
The village of St. Moritz jealously preserves and nourishes its culture and tradition, too.
By visiting its museums and galleries, you can learn about the lifestyle and customs of the Inn people.
In that sense, the Engadin Museum is unavoidable.
More than 4,000 items picturing local life in the period between the 13th and 19th centuries are exhibited in a replica of a typical 1700s Engadin house.
Walk around 14 rooms to see the interiors, household utensils, furniture, costumes, embroidery, tools and other decorations people had used across centuries.
In the heart of St. Moritz, in the 100-year-old Villa Aron, Peter Robert Berry, spa physician, and painter, established the Berry Museum.
Through books, notes, diaries, maps, brochures and more, the Berry Museum vividly demonstrates how life and work in the 19th and 20th centuries went on.
To fast-forward to the present, pay a visit to the Galerie Karsten Greve. During more than 40 years of being an international art dealer, Karsten Greve collected the works of artists like John Chamberlain, Louise Bourgeois, Gotthard Graubner and others.
The gallery’s program is characterized by a high diversity of the classic media painting, drawing, and graphic arts, sculpture and installation as well as photography.
The Utmost Bernina Gran Turismo
If you are a car lover and happen to be in Switzerland in mid-September, you cannot miss this historic event. Around this time of the year, the quiet and peaceful Engadin echoes with engine rumble.
The Bernina Gran Turismo is a revival of a hill climb that ran for the first time in 1929.
The project is a blend of history, sport, competition, and authentic rough luxury. To be able to compete, the car must belong to old-timers from between the ’20s and ’80s: three-wheelers, single-seaters, Formula 1, Group B Rally and Group C sports prototypes.
Both classic and vintage cars compete in the 5.7 kilometers of mountain climb over cordoned-off Bernina pass. The start line is at La Rosa, on the Italian-speaking side of the valley Val Poschiavo, at an elevation of 1,870 meters.
The course climbs 460 meters through 50 curves and finishes at the highest point of the Bernina Pass at 2,338 meters.
At the Bernina Gran Turismo, the finishing time is irrelevant. What matters is the joy of driving such a car, feeling every vibration, and conquering the mountain rather than other competitors.
High-end Boutiques in St. Moritz
St. Mortiz might be small, but it is the top destination for premium shopping.
Having some of the poshest boutiques, the Via Maistra between the Kulm hotel and Badrutt’s Palace Hotel is the main shopping street. From Armani and Gucci to Ralph Lauren and Zegna, the concentration of big-name outlets is unique.
Suvretta House has enough upscale shops in its public areas to qualify as its own mini-mall.
From jewelry and fashions, fancy watches and luggage to Swiss souvenirs such as carved figures, glass, ceramics, costumes, or hand-carved furniture, you can purchase anything.
When you get tired from shopping, grab a bite in some of the fine restaurants or in specialty food shops in the town center. And don’t even think about skipping the Swiss chocolate. Dark, milk or white, plain or with fillings, it will rejuvenate your energy with the first bite so you can proceed with your itinerary.
Shopping in St. Moritz is more than just shopping.
Browsing the best brands in the world on the highest shopping promenade is an exclusive and unforgettable experience.
Shopping in St. Moritz is not a mere purchase of expensive items. For high fashion lovers, it is a straight pilgrimage.
The tradition of bathing in mineral spring water in St. Moritz began about 3,500 years ago. The Celts back then already knew the importance of water, its purifying and healing powers.
In 1411 BC, in the Bronze-Age St. Moritz, they constructed the first spring water basin. The sick were bathing to heal and those in pain to release it.
From then up to today, visitors kept enjoying the healing effects of invigorating baths and other forms of medical wellness. Water in St. Moritz is rich in iron, sulfur, sodium and mineral salts.
Some of the 20 different springs feed drinking water fountains, others supply medicinal thermal baths.
Wellness hotels in the region offer blissful relaxation in an exclusive setting. There are also public wellnesses, such as the Bellavita Pool and Spa or the one-of-a-kind Mineralbad & Spa in nearby Samedan.
The Spa in Samedan is the first „vertical mineral bath” in Switzerland. Built-up against the historical village church, it extends across five stories all the way up to the roof.
The pools are filled with mineral-rich water from the spa’s own source at the depth of 35 meters.
Although St. Moritz is a small village in the Engadin Valley, it’s content is rich and unique. Regardless of the season, you are visiting it in, boredom is the only thing you won’t find here.
In St. Moritz, things to do in winter and summer are various and for all levels of physical fitness. For the full experience, make a bucket list and check at least one each day of your stay.
And arriving at St. Moritz has never been easier. How come? You might ask yourself.