Davos is an internationally famous resort village. Nestled in the Swiss Alps, In the Landwasser Valley of Graubünden, Davos will be comfortable and pleasant regardless of the season. It offers some of the best skiing and snowboarding nature, as well as plenty of different activities during the warmer months. Davos also has gained international renown for holding the World Economic Forum every January. Let’s have a look at the top must-do things in Davos.
Skiing and Snowboarding
Davos is widely recognized as one of the best ski resorts in the world. The village is hosting more than 320 kilometers of downhill pistes, in six different ski areas and offers more than 50 trails for skiers of a different level. It is suitable for skiers of a different level, as well as a comfortable place for family tourists. The ski season starts at the end of November, and it’s possible to ski comfortably till the end of April.
Ice skating takes place in Davos-Platz. It is located on the largest natural ice rink in Europe, the Natureisbahn. The rink is usually open from December to February. There are also few other smaller rinks throughout Davos-Platz.
Summer is the perfect time for mountain biking in Davos. Grab your bike and hit the trails in and around Davos’ Klosters. There are many biking options from fun-loving families to extremals. And if you ride only one trail, it has to be the famous Gotschna Freeride.
Davos has dozens of beautiful places to see. Over 280 miles of paths and trails surround Davos, allowing you to explore woods, mountains, streams, and outright gorgeous scenery. You could also have o special hiking tour – Hiking without luggage.
There are several high-class paragliding centers in Davos. You could enjoy paragliding both alone and in pairs. The sight will admire you with the beautiful mountain views from a bird’s eye view.
Davos is an ideal destination for all fans of sports entertainment. Besides skiing, snowboarding and ice skating rinks, there are plenty of indoor sports centers with tennis courts and badminton courses that are open all year round and ready to serve guests.
Schatzalp, Alpine Botanical Gardens
Take the Schatz-Funicular to ride you up and down the slope from Davos to the green, car-free recreation area on the slopes to the west of the town. Upside you will find art nouveau sanatorium – Hotel Schatzalp, where Thomas Mann got the inspiration for one of his most celebrated novels, The Magic Mountain, at this location.
Up one of many walking trails on Schatzalp is the Alpine Botanical Gardens. It is home to a fascinating variety of flora and fauna and even a gorgeous waterfall. There are growing over 3,500 varieties of Alpine plants, as well as upland species from as far afield as Tibet and New Zealand. You could also hike around the garden.
Your experience at Rinerhorn will depend on the season when you visit it. In winter Rinerhorn is loved by skiers who prefer less crowded slopes. In summer you could walk through the flowery pasture in the company of cattle. And we strongly recommend you to visit the petting zoo where children are allowed to handle lambs and baby goats.
If come here in summer you could hike around the shore and bathe in the water. You could also hire pedalos, paddleboards, and kayaks and even more. The lake catches the prevailing-breezes, thereforethere are also wind-assisted activities like windsurfing and sailing.
Davos is rich in historic landmarks and interesting cultural venues. If you are a fan of excursions and walking, you will definitely fall in love with Davos. Here is a list of museums to visit.
The Kirchner Museum
The Kirchner Museum offers visitors a great opportunity to experience works of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. The German Expressionist and member of Die Brücke, spent the last 20 years of his life in Davos. The Museum exhibits the largest collection of paintings by Ernst Kirchner in the world.
The museum will be interesting to all people, regardless of whether they like sports or not. The theme of the exhibition is winter sports in general and skiing in particular. The museum exhibits an interesting collection of old photographs, sports gear, and old documents that remind of important events in the history of the resort.
If you are interested in the mining industry, you should visit the Grisons Museum. It includes antique mining equipment and many other precious artifacts.
Whether you are a child or not, you should definitely visit the Toy Museum. It exhibits many old and unique toys, each of which has its own interesting story.
The Church of St. John the Baptist
The building was first constructed in 1280 and then restored in 1481. The gorgeous church still has the inimitable atmosphere of the past and exhibits many priceless religious artifacts and artworks. The windows were made by Alberto Giacometti, make the beautiful shrine look absolutely mind-blowing.
The Brewery of Monstein
BierVision is open for tours on Fridays. There you will get a full explanation of the brewing process, and see the brewing vats and fermentation up close. Then you will have a walk around the village, where you’ll meet a couple of locals and get to know the way of life up here. It is a small village with 190 inhabitants. BierVision produces five beer varieties, from dark beer to Weissbier, which you can taste in the cozy Gambrinus Bar in the basement.
The Vaillant Arena is the sports complex in Davos, that offers one of the largest skating rinks in the whole of Europe. Naturally, the venue regularly is used for hockey competitions. When there are no competitions, everyone is welcome to visit and enjoy some ice skating. The Arena herself is amazing. The roof is supported from each corner by cathedral-like wooden vaults in one of the most remarkable venues to watch a sporting event.
Adventure Park Davos
The Davos Adventure Park is a high wire and cycling park for adventurers. It is located below the Flüela Pass and offers five different courses in the forest canopy. There are courses for individuals, teams and for kids as well.
Madrisa Land is Switzerland’s largest adventure park. It is located on Klosters’ Sonnenberg Mountain. Plenty of farmsteads, copses, and valleys create the stage for a mythical world. On Madrisa you will also find the first alpine experience park, which is also accessible to physically and visually impaired guests.
Aqua park – Eau La La
It is a wonderful place for the whole family. The facilities of the park include steam baths under the enchanting starry skies, two solariums, an additional shower, and cold water area and even a club room with fireplace for relaxation.
There’s nothing like relaxing in the wagon and watching the cinematic of the Alps. Davos offers you several railway trips.
The cult locomotive “Crocodile”
The vintage wooden and open wagons of the ‘Crocodile’ will ride twice daily from Davos Platz up to the wildly romantic Zügenschlucht Gorge to Filisur.
The Bernina Express
The Bernina Express takes you across another sightseeing line, runs through the Bernina Range down to Tirano in Italy.
The Glacier Express
The Glacier Express is known as the “Slowest Fast Train in the World”, and crosses the most stunning travel routes between Davos, St. Moritz and Zermatt.
The Albula and Bernina section of the Rhaetian railway was included in the list of World Heritage sites by UNESCO in 2008. The Albula and Bernina section between Thusis and Tirano is an excellent example of the development of the high alpine landscape.