Davos Travel Guide
Davos Local History
This area of Grabunden, and actually most areas in Switzerland, used to only be invaded by tourists in summer. Then in 1864 a local hotel owner in St Moritz, Johannes Badrutt, decided to offer for English guests' free accommodation in summer if they promised to return in winter again.
The English guests are reported as being skeptical but they agreed to the terms as they couldn't pass up the opportunity for a free holiday.
Obliviously they returned in winter and enjoy themselves such much that when they returned to England the word spread as know the busiest time in Switzerland is the winter.
Davos Ski Resort
- Nearest town: Chur
- Resort Altitude (metres): 1560m
- Ski Season: November - April
- Mountain Range: Jungfrau
- Number of Lifts: 55
- Highest Lift (metres): 2844m
- Lowest Lift (metres): 1110m
- Number of Slopes: 110
- Snowboarding: yes: park and half-pipe
- Cross Country (km): 75km
Davos Ski Information
For those who need a break from skiing, Davos has a lot to offer. You can take a scenic train ride along the mountain, taking in the beautiful landscape and breathtaking views. For some sightseeing you can go to the Winter Sports Museum and learn about all the different kinds of wintersports. Ice hockey matches are also held regularly and are great fun for the whole family. For those who are more adventurous you can do some hang gliding or paragliding.
- Languages: German French Italian Romansch
- Temperatures: 4°C
- Driving: Drivers drive on the right-hand side of the road
- Emergency contact numbers: Police: 117
- Population: 13000
- Religion: 49% Roman Catholic 48% Protestant
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The Apres Ski scene in Davos is excellent, with a few nightclubs and many bars and restaurants to help keep you entertained at night. There are also a range of other activities on offer, including a bowling alley; a sports centre and gym; a swimming pool; a sauna; and an ice rink There are also a number of nature trails available for those who want to get a closer look at the landscape and nature A number of facitlities and activities are also available to keep the children entertained.
Davos is a large town and was on of the first spots to be used as a skiing venue and as a health spa. It has acess to 325km of pistes and has something to offer all levels of experience. Beginners dont have a wide variety to choose from, but intermediates have a wide choice of blues and reds to choose from; and experts have some excellent off-piste choices. The off-piste is a major attraction for snow boarders, as is the park. There is also a lot of territory for cross country skiers to discover. Davos has a lot to offer in terms of the Apres Ski scene, with nightclubs, and many bars and restaurants. There are also many non-skiing activities on offer.
Davos Restaurants and Bars
Berghotel Schatzalp Being one of the many Relais du Silence properties in Switzerland, you'd expect to find a very high quality establishment but also with a high price, and that's exactly what you get here. The restaurant serves up some great local specialties in a beautiful wood trimmed pavilion. Booking and jackets are advised. (CH-7270) (Tel: 081-441331)
Hubil's Landhaus This place is a fairly good restaurant but the food here is its main selling point. The local chef, Felix Hubli, serves up international food in two different dining rooms. Turbot with wild mushrooms and ginger, and pigeon with leeks and truffles are just some of the great meals available here. (CH-7265 Davos-Laret) (Tel: 081-462121)
Wynegg Wynegg is located in the nearby city of Klosters some 10 kms away. Here people come to drink and eat huge platters of local cold meats in warm surroundings after enjoying a good day skiing. Even the British Royal family is known to come to Wynegg often. (CH-7250) (Tel: 081-693045)
Alte Post This warm, wooded restaurant, filled with trophies and ceramics, is a great local favorite in Klosters. The chef serves up old style dishes such as rabbit and thyme, veal head vinaigrette and beef with Marsala and risotto among the other few Swiss and French standards. Decently priced, but booking is highly recommended. (Doggilochstrasse) (Tel: 081-691716)
Davos Bars & Clubs
Postli For those of you looking for a night out filled with dancing head over to the Postli. It has a fairly small dance floor, but a decent sound system which pumps out recorded dance music as well as the live bands which sometimes perform here. This club strangely enough is only open in the winter time. (Posthotel) (Tel: 081-441161)
Chesa Grichuna Chesa Grichuna, in Klosters, is found within the restaurant of the same name. This bar is more of a chill out place with soft piano music being played in the background most nights.
Casino-Dancing In the famous town of St. Moritz's is where you'll find this nightclub, which just like the name says features entertainment, dancing and a casino with the standard 5 SF betting limit. (Tel: 082-34529)
Ex Bar When you have been partying all night across town and the evening is starting to wind down with the bars closing, head over to the Ex Bar. This bar stays open till 6 in the morning making it the perfect place to end a really late evening. It mainly serves to a hip and trendy young crowd. (Tel: 081-435921)
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