Davos, a vacation resort with international flair, is considered the largest mountain vacation, sports and congress resort in the Alps. At an altitude of 1560 meters, Davos is also the highest town in the Alps and a high-altitude health resort steeped in tradition. An outstanding feature of Davos is the modern congress center, which serves as the venue for the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Davos has become famous for its wide range of sports, leisure and cultural activities as well as its healing climate. The town is home to HC Davos, hosts the renowned Spengler Cup and is home to the Kirchner Museum. The World Economic Forum also attracts high-caliber guests every year. Not forgetting the lively freestyle scene on the Jakobshorn, which ensures an exuberant atmosphere.
Davos as a health resort with a healing climate
Davos originally gained its importance through its healing climate, which has been known for around 150 years. The first guesthouse in Davos to accommodate spa guests opened as early as 1860. Alexander Spengler, a doctor who had immigrated from Germany, developed a recumbent cure for people with lung diseases, which focused on plenty of sleep on the sunny terraces of Davos and the consumption of Veltliner wine. This method made Davos famous worldwide and was immortalized in literature by Thomas Mann’s novel “The Magic Mountain”, which was published in 1924.
Numerous writers, artists and philosophers traveled to Davos and brought their own culture with them. They contributed to making Davos famous in their works and initiated today’s extensive range of sports, events and culture, which is now a matter of course.
The history of the world-famous Davos sledge began in the 19th century. The sledge got its name from the first historic sledge race in Davos in 1883. In 1921, the Davos Hockey Club was founded, which today is both a myth and a living legend. The Spengler Cup, which was first held in 1923, is the oldest and most prestigious international ice hockey tournament in the world.
The Parsenn Derby, which was held for the first time in 1924, is the most traditional ski race in Switzerland. Ten years later, the world’s first T-bar ski lift was put into operation on the Bolgen. In modern times, Davos made headlines in the 1980s when it founded the freestyle scene. At the time, the Jakobshorn was the only mountain on which snowboarders were allowed to use the lifts.
Congress and research city
Davos in the canton of Graubünden has a rich tradition as a conference venue and is home to the most modern congress center in the Alps. The World Economic Forum (WEF) lends the city outstanding international appeal. But Davos is much more than just a conference city. It is home to renowned research stations such as the AO for pre-clinical research in trauma surgery and orthopaedics, the national institute for snow and avalanche research, as well as a large number of specialized clinics and hospitals.
Davos is also a city of energy, education and knowledge. All this takes place in a natural environment at 1560 m above sea level, known worldwide as the “Spirit of Davos”.
Davos in summer
With the Jakobshorn, Parsenn with the Weissfluhjoch, Rinerhorn and Schatzalp/Strela mountain railroads, visitors to Davos have three impressive hiking areas at their disposal, covering a total of over 700 km of marked trails. These diverse routes are not only reserved for hikers, but are also accessible to mountain bikers.
In Davos Klosters, the philosophy of “sharing the trails” is actively practiced, making the region one of the most attractive mountain bike destinations in Switzerland. Enduro bikers in particular get their money’s worth here and can experience a breathtaking adventure with a total of 10,000 vertical meters on the Bahnentour, for example.
Davos in winter
As a winter sports metropolis, Davos attracts skiers and snowboarders from all over the world. With an altitude of between 1124 and 2844 meters, the six ski areas of Parsenn/Gotschna, Jakobshorn, Pischa, Madrisa, Rinerhorn and Schatzalp/Strela offer an impressive winter sports arena. Guests have access to 58 transport facilities, 300 kilometers of ski slopes, 100 kilometers of cross-country ski trails, over 150 kilometers of snowshoe and winter hiking trails as well as two artificial ice rinks with various ice activities. Eight toboggan runs provide even more fun.
The Parsenn ski area with the Weissfluhjoch is the highlight for piste lovers and connects Davos with neighboring Klosters. Jakobshorn, on the other hand, is a paradise for freestylers with halfpipes and cozy après-ski huts.
If you want to take it easy, you can enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snow-covered side valleys. With 150 kilometers of groomed winter hiking trails and snowshoe trails, the Davos mountains invite you to explore.
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