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St. Moritz is one of the world’s most famous holiday resorts. Chic, elegant and exclusive with a cosmopolitan ambiance, it is located at 1,856 metres above sea level in the middle of the Upper Engadin lake landscape. The dry, sparkling “champagne climate” is legendary and the celebrated St. Moritz sun shines for an average of 322 days a year.

St. Moritz was the birthplace of Alpine winter tourism (1864) and sport (1884), the venue for two Winter Olympic Games (1928 and 1948) as well as for numerous skiing and bob World Championships. The summer season is perhaps a little less glamorous but actually attracts more international visitors than winter. St. Moritz offers an all-year-round guarantee of exceptional leisure and sporting attractions, cultural highlights, chic shopping and world-class events. It also has top-class hotels and excellent restaurants.

The St. Moritz sun shines more intensely, the “champagne climate” is dryer and snow is more certain than anywhere else. These elements, combined with the Upper Engadin lake landscape and valley culture create an array of attractions that is unique in terms of quality and diversity. In winter; downhill and Nordic skiing, Cresta Run, bob run, horse racing on the frozen lake, polo, cricket, golf and curling tournaments, Olympic ski jump ramp, gourmet and music festivals. In summer: mountain biking, inline skating, hiking, windsurfing, ice skating, golf, tennis, sailing, opera, art and culture and the Swiss National Park – all within a radius of a few minutes.

The name “St. Moritz” is now so much in demand that it has been registered as an internationally protected trademark. As an international symbol of quality, the name “St. Moritz” epitomizes style, elegance and class.


150 years ago, the hotelier Johannes Badrutt made a daring bet with some of his English summer guests: that in the middle of winter they would enjoy mild Engadin sunshine. Badrutt won, and St. Moritz blossomed into one of the most fashionable winter sports resorts in the world. Today Corviglia/Piz Nair is a playground for the latest in snow sports, the venue for world cup races, and a place where gourmet dreams come true. With its 100 kilometres of perfectly prepared pistes, St. Moritz’s home mountain is simply a legend.

St. Moritz also sets standards with its hotels. Five of the region’s seven five-star establishments, as well as many outstanding four- and three-star hotels, are located here. They are among the best in the world. The recipe for success? Pioneer spirit – St. Moritz has cherished innovation for 150 years. Many of its winter events are unique worldwide. Oldest of all is the Jackson Cup curling contest. Celebrities and the world’s press gather for the polo tournament, while the Gourmet Festival is a must for epicures. After White Turf, a spectacular horse-racing event held on the frozen Lake St. Moritz, British tobogganists ensure a lively atmosphere at the Grand National on the Cresta Run.

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