Davos and the World Economic Forum have become synonymous – when you mention Davos, the WEF comes to mind, and the other way round – to the benefit of both! But it is also limiting to both. WEF is (hopefully!) much more than skiing-in-Davos, and, Davos (definitely!) offers much more than the annual WEF Conference. If world economy is not your thing, I would like to give you some ideas on the style and fun, adventure, history and beauty you can see and experience in Davos Klosters, all year round.
Located on the Landwasser River in the Swiss Alps, Davos is the highest lying city in Europe at an altitude of 1560 metres. Klosters is a 20-minute drive northeast from the centre of Davos. This gorgeous alpine town receives British royalty on a regular basis as their preferred skiing destination. There are countless reasons to visit Davos Klosters all year round for a luxury holiday.
Go out in style
Since Davos is an authentic town and not just a resort, there are numerous dining possibilities. The 80 restaurants in the area range from chalet-style restaurants serving cheese and meat fondues, to the open-air Snow Beach restaurant serving fish and meat dishes as well as homemade pastry.
Take the Jakobshorn cable car up to Ischalp, and then an easy hike up to the Clavadeler will lead you to the Clavadeler Alp model cheese factory. You could also work your way towards the village of Monstein where the light at the end of the tunnel is Europe’s highest brewery!
The Casino Davos is offering enthralling entertainment in the cultivated atmosphere. From 1897 onwards a number of cinemas provided entertainment, a tradition that is carried on today by the Arkaden Cinema and the Open Air cinema in the Kurpark.
Davos plays on its fame as the highest town in Europe and on the popular “Promenade” you will find cutting-edge sportswear and elegant high-fashion boutiques including international labels, gift and souvenir and delicatessen shops. To complement this, Klosters is home to small shops with a sense of style and authenticity.
Have fun with the family
Davos Klosters has been awarded the “families welcome quality seal”, which distinguishes holiday resorts that specifically take the needs and requirements of children and their guardians in consideration. Even your puppy is welcome! I would like to name two of the many family attractions available in the area.
The first alpine experience park “Madrisa-Land” is the home of various legends, dwarves, alpine ghosts and forest imps. It offers lots of entertainment for the whole family, including a course for archery enthusiasts and a downhill scooter ride. Countless farmsteads, hills and valleys create a mythical world and transform Madrisa into a dream mountain for families. The Adventure Park Färich is a high wire and cycling park for adventurers of all ages. Located at the foot of the Fluela pass, it also offers a special children’s course, a children’s playground and a public BBQ area. At the bike park, riding ability is irrelevant – the routes are set up such that beginners and advanced riders will all have fun!
Enjoy a railway adventure
With its unique mountain sections, the UNESCO World Heritage line Albula/Bernina and famous classics such as the Glacier and Bernina Express, the Rhaetian railway has stood for first class experiences by rail for over 120 years. Regardless of which trip you choose to take, one thing always stays the same: the Rhaetian railway unites the beauty of the landscape, the power of technology and the pioneering spirit of the past century.
The “slowest fast train in the world” presents a cross-section of the diversity of Switzerland and is a piece of true traveller’s pleasure. On the Glacier Express, dishes are freshly prepared for guests by the chef in the restaurant carriage. The rail bar brings coffee, beverages and snacks directly to passengers in their seats. With this locomotive classic, you gain access to the most stunning travel routes between Davos, St. Moritz and Zermatt. The train runs through unspoilt natural areas with fragrant mountain forests, peaceful alpine pastures, rushing mountain streams, and richly traditional valleys with centuries of culture.
Appreciate history in 5 museums
In the Winter Sport Museum well-preserved exhibits such as sleds, bobsleds, skis, skates and curling apparatus document the history of winter sports from its very beginnings to the present day. The Kirchner Museum in Davos presents the most comprehensive collection of the works of artist, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, who lived in Davos for 21 years. The medical-scientific development of Davos has been well documented and the tools, x-ray images, and files reflecting best the work of the physicians and scientists in Davos can be seen in the Medicine Museum. A living image of history, early everyday life, traditions and crafts from Davos is re-created in the Davos Local History Museum. Mining objects, ores, photos, documents and many plans from the various earlier mines throughout the whole canton are on display in the Mining Museum of the Grisons.
Do it the Davos Klosters way
When you check into our luxury accommodation, you will receive a Davos Klosters Inclusive card. The card provides free travel on five mountain lifts, regional trains between Klosters and Davos and local buses. You also get free entry and discounts for a huge range of outdoor sports and amusements. So, arm yourself with the Davos Klosters Inclusive Card that every tourist is entitled to for the duration of their stay in the region.
With its guest programme “Davos Klosters Active”, Davos Klosters is offering a total of 700 experiences during summer. New this year is that all events are. So, what do you enjoy? A chaperoned mountain bike tour? A golf taster course? A guided museum tour? A round trip in a vintage car? A rope bridge building experience? In Davos Klosters, you will be spoilt for choice!
Celine Renaud is Head of Sales for Leo Trippi.