Travel and Tourism Information
St. Moritz is one of the best-known and most prestigious ski resorts in the world, especially since having hosted the Olympic Winter Games in 1928 and in 1948. Today the name 'St. Moritz' stands for a 'chic, vibrant and elegant' town, second home to the rich and famous, enjoying a special atmosphere and a dry, tingling champagne climate! St. Moritz lies on a sunny terrace in the heart of the Engadin Valley in Graubunden and is influenced by three cultures: those of the German-speaking majority of its residents, the Romanish-speaking population of the Engadine and the nearby Italians.
St. Moritz originally rose to importance because of its healing mineral springs, which have been appreciated for over 3'000 years. Already in the middle Ages, visitors came to St. Moritz to take the waters in summer. St. Moritz recently had more visitors in summer than in winter and although they stay for a much shorter time, it is obvious that winter still remains the more important season for business. The assurance of snow and good weather, thanks to the height and southern aspect, provide ideal conditions for a long season and a unique wide range of winter sports opportunities offered to visitors. Skiing in St. Moritz is superb, with several different skiing areas available close by. But also in summer St. Moritz offers plenty of outdoor and indoor activities.
St. Moritz offers numerous attractions throughout the winter - the quality, diversity and quantity of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world: the world's only Cresta Run, the world's first bobsled run, the tobogganing run on Muottas Muragl as well as horse and greyhound races, polo, cricket and curling tournaments on the frozen lake, ski jumping, the famous Engadin cross-country ski marathon with over 12'000 participants, the St. Moritz Gourmet Festival and the St. Moritz Music Festival 'Snow & Symphony'.
In summertime, this world-renowned resort is resplendent in its picturesque surroundings on the edge of a pristine mountain lake. St. Moritz offers the appealing combination of an unspoiled natural environment, cultural activities, sports possibilities, attractive facilities, great shopping and a relaxing atmosphere. Fascinating walks - exhilarating hikes, mountain biking tours, golf, horse riding, windsurfing and sailing are some of the many activities which can be experienced. St. Moritz is also the starting point for some of the scenic trains of Switzerland such as the "Glacier"-, "Bernina"-, "Palm"-Expresses as well as the "Engadin Star".