Originally known as a health resort for its mineral springs, St. Moritz has developed into one of the most popular alpine holiday destinations.
The St. Moritz mineral spring and thus the origin of the spa is located in St. Moritz Bad at the spa center. In the Forum Paracelsus the story of the spring is told, which goes back to the 15th century.
At the public drinking fountain you can taste the acidic mineral water, which was said to have healing powers even before it was discovered by Paracelsus.
Take a sip and discover the healing power of our water!
Grand hotel business
Tourism history was written here with the emergence of winter tourism. The hotel industry in St. Moritz flourished and the long tradition of hospitality is continued here to this day.
While strolling through St. Moritz, it is worth not only taking the usual photo against the backdrop of the Palace Hotel with its iconic tower, but also taking the time to have a coffee or high tea in the afternoon in one of the cozy ones To enjoy hotel lobbies.
With the Badrutt's Palace and the Kulm Hotel, two representatives of the classic grand hotel industry can be found in a very small space.
You can get what is said to be the best breakfast in Switzerland in the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains and enjoy the most beautiful view of the lake on the terrace of the Carlton Hotel.
A real Art Nouveau atmosphere can be enjoyed with a drink at the Reine Victoria Bar.
The English were the first to discover the charm of the snowy and sunny winters in St. Moritz over 150 years ago. With that, winter tourism was born. The origin of the infamous Cresta Run goes back to the winter traditions of the British. This forerunner of the skeleton sport is only held in its original form in St. Moritz.
Daring gentlemen can head ahead down the ice channel on a metal sledge. But also spectators are guaranteed a thrill when the 'Cresta Riders' shoot down the ice rink like arrows at speeds of up to 140 km / h.
A guest ride in the four-man bobsleigh on the Olympia bob run right next door offers a little more safety. As the only natural ice bobsled run in the world.
St. Moritz lake
Water is something magical. As the source of life, it has always drawn people under its spell. Its lakes undoubtedly give the Engadine a very special charm. A walk around or even across Lake St. Moritz in winter must therefore be on every visitor's to-do list.
The route of around 4 kilometers leads past the Hotel Waldhaus am See, through a shady piece along the edge of the forest on the back of the lake and past the Catholic Church and the riding hall in St. Moritz Bad. The Pier 21 restaurant at the St. Moritz sailing club offers a refreshing break right on the lakeshore.
For a more extended tour, you can walk past the dairy farm and through the Stazerwald to the Stazersee at the northeastern end of the lake and enjoy a refreshment at the most idyllic place around St. Moritz in the Lej da Staz restaurant.
UNESCO world heritage
As a masterpiece of structural engineering and line management, the Rhaetian Railway has earned the UNESCO World Heritage seal.
The railway connection of the Albula and Bernina lines not only opens up the Upper Engadine for international tourism, but is a tourist attraction in itself. The journey through tunnels and over bridges, along rocky steep slopes and wooded valleys is a unique experience.
If you are not already arriving by train, you can take a day trip with the Bernina Railway. For the best view, secure a seat in the panorama car at the end of the train.
The “Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina landscape” has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since July 2008.
The Engadine has served as a source of inspiration for many artists and free spirits. It is therefore not surprising that the range of museums and art galleries is much more diverse than you would otherwise expect in a holiday village in the Alps.
An art tour can be wonderfully combined with an architecture walk through St. Moritz and the surrounding area.
Many motifs can be found with a look at the Engadine mountain panorama and the diverse flora and fauna of the high valley is often reflected in the works of art.
In addition to internationally known names, you will also find works by less renowned but no less interesting artists and learn exciting details about local customs as well as the history and pioneering spirit of the high valley.
St. Moritz is not a conventional Engadine village. It is a melting pot of different architectural styles. Its silhouette has more of an urban character than that of a mountain village. During a walk through St. Moritz, you can visit various exciting buildings from different architectural epochs and styles
The 33 meter high “Leaning Tower of St. Moritz” in the center of the village is probably the most striking landmark of the place, along with the impressive mountains. Built in 1570 as the tower of the Mauritius Church, it has been renovated and erected several times over the years and, due to its heavy weight, even relieved of its bell. Now without a nave, but it is still standing. With an incline of 5.5 degrees, it is even more crooked than its famous cousin in Pisa.
Also worth a visit is the Olympic Stadium from 1928 and 1948 is now the private residence of the designer Rolf Sachs, but is still open to visitors.
The world-famous British star architect Lord Norman Foster has also immortalized himself in St. Moritz with several buildings. On Via Serlas, The Murezzan combines historical and contemporary elements. The project included the renovation of the old Hotel Post and Hotel Albana, as well as a completely new building. The buildings, old and new, form a contrasting juxtaposition on the shopping street in the center of St. Moritz. The Chesa Futura is probably Foster's best-known project in the mountain metropolis, a spectacular round building with a larch wood facade and a view over the village and Lake St. Moritz. The latest is the renovated and expanded Olympic Ice Pavilion from 1905 in Kulm Park next to the Kulm Country Club.