St. Moritz is known to be one of the most ideal locations in the world because it enjoys over 300 days of sunshine in a year. It’s the highest town with a rail connection in Switzerland, making it convenient to travel to and around the area. It’s one of the most classiest and luxurious ski destinations in the entire world.
Let the Sun Shine
St. Moritz hosted the Winter Olympics in 1928 and 1948, making it gain international recognition as one of the greatest places to partake in winter sports. Its equally popular in the summer and winter alike, due to favorable weather conditions and a wide array of activities.
The Sporty Alpine Hotspot
In addition to sports such as bobsledding, ice hockey, cycling and skiing, St. Moritz is also a sailing hotspot. It draws some of the world’s best sailing teams to practice and compete.
The Elite’s Favorite
Since St. Moritz is known as being one of the most expensive ski destinations, the international upper class are the ones who frequent it most. You’ll find people walking around in the latest “must-have” accessories and find yourself doing some shopping of your own at one of the many high-end stores in the area.
A Religious Place
The town St. Moritz was named after Saint Maurice, a Roman Catholic Saint. Pilgrims travelled to and from St. Moritz often, where they would visit the church of the springs, and drink from the bubbling waters of the Mauritius springs because they were known to be blessed. The water was supposed to have healing powers. Over the 15th and 16th centuries, many people came to visit the springs, after the Medici pope Leo X promised full absolution to anyone who made a pilgrimage there.
A Wager Initiates Winter Tourism
St. Moritz was originally known as a summer destination until 1864, when the origins of the first winter resort began. Hotel pioneer Johannes Badrutt made a wager with four summer guests, that if they return in the winter and did not like the town as much, he would reimburse their travel expenses. If they found it equally as attractive he would invite them to be guests in his hotel for as long as they desired. This simple wager launched the winter tourism in St. Moritz, which eventually made the whole Alps area more popular.
“Top of the World”
During the late 19th century St. Moritz developed rapidly and began hosting a whole slew of sporting events, from the first European Ice-Skating Championships in 1882 to the first golf tournament in the Alps in 1896. It was also one of the most technologically advanced towns, being the first to install electric trams. It has continued to grow and is promoted as the “Top of the World,” a registered trademark expression of St. Moritz.
White Turf Horse Race One of the most unique, exclusive and upper class events in the world. It features exhilarating horse racing, gourmet catering, live music and art exhibitions. If you’re in St. Moritz during the month of February you can’t miss stepping you into the winter sunshine for this event.
St. Moritz Match Race The most special event for the world’s best sailors. There is nowhere else to sail at such an altitude with incredible scenery and specific wind conditions. The winner gains the title of “King of the Mountain.” Watch the twelve teams compete during five days before the final. The public can even watch from a mere 15 meters away.
Jazz Festival St. Moritz The highest-altitude club-based jazz festival in Europe. Stars and rising stars alike bring blue notes to the legendary Dracula Club, whose relaxed welcome has made it a cherished rendezvous for luminaries of the jazz scene. It’s a daily event that can’t be missed!
The Sengantini Museum Here you will find some of the rarest representations of Realistic Symbolism and Alpine paintings from the end of the 19th century. It was built in 1908 in honor of the artist Giovanni Segantini and features the most comprehensive collection of his legendary works.
Piz Corvatsch The glacier scenery is one of the major attractions of St. Moritz. The Piz Corvatsch measures 3,300 meters high and is worth a visit not only for its stellar views, but for the massive ice cave on top.
The Mauritius Springs Located inside of the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains. The famed doctor Paracelsus once described the Mauritius waters as one of the most healing natural springs in all of Europe. If you’re in St. Moritz you can experience the restorative power of the springs at any time of the day.