St Moritz is a world famous vibrant Alpine destination, synonymous with style, elegance and sophistication. The lifestyle of St. Moritz is a blend of bustling activity, nature, culture, sport and relaxation. Winter sports are an essential part of the St. Moritz experience. This luxurious Alpine metropolis has hosted five World Ski Championships, two Winter Olympics and 24 Bobsleigh World Championships. The concept of winter tourism and winter sports was invented in St Moritz over 150 years ago.
There are plenty of activities to enjoy in St Moritz. The large central frozen lake is the picturesque setting for skating, curling, golf, polo, horse racing, show jumping, and even cricket. The legendary Cresta Run is the oldest and last remaining natural-ice track in the world. Every year, daredevils in full-body suits or the original rugged tweeds and knickerbockers travel down the ice track from St. Moritz to Celerina, reaching speeds up to 140km an hour, skillfully negotiating the 10 curves in the track. National and international competitions regularly appear on the winter agenda. There are also a wide range of cultural attractions in St Moritz, including museums like the famous Segantini Museum, galleries and libraries, as well as many high end shopping boutiques and a popular spa culture, originally attracting visitors for its healing iron rich water.
St Moritz has more than 350km of pistes over four separate mountain sectors. The highest point is at 3,305km and the extensive slopes cater for all levels of skier with beginner areas too. A range of funiculars, cable cars and chairlifts whisk you up the mountain with typical Swiss efficiency. There is also a popular sophisticated après ski scene in St Moritz, and many people linger in the mountain bars for a final drink, before descending to places like St Moritz’s most famous après-ski café, Hanselmann. The Badrutts Palace Hotel is home to the swanky Kings Club, which has a dress code of ‘dress to impress’.
St Moritz has numerous Michelin-starred restaurants that serve traditional and innovative cuisine. No less than 10 restaurants have a world class rating and amongst them are Talvo by Dalsass, Ecco at Hotel Giardino, Da Vittorio at the Carlton, and Peruvian chef Claudia Canessa of the Sunny Bar at the Kulm. There is an annual gourmet festival held in January which brings together gourmet diners from all over the world. On the mountain, you can stop at the Alpina Hutte in Corviglia, or Restaurant Chasellas. The Engadin has a long tradition of confectionary dating back to the 15th century. There are plenty of artisan cafés to visit in town where you can enjoy some of the many popular sweet creations like Engadin Walnut tart.
The most helpful website for fact finding and general information about St Moritz is provided by Swiss Tourism..