St Moritz

Overview

Introduction

The town of St. Moritz, Switzerland, is in Canton Graubunden, 145 mi/235 km southeast of Zurich in the beautiful and unspoiled Engadine Valley. It's famous as a chic ski resort and retreat for the wealthy. Be prepared for outrageous prices and a rather cold attitude exhibited by the residents. Nonetheless, St. Moritz offers some beautiful chalets, mountain views, skiing and relaxation. It is at its busiest and best during the ski season.

The soothing properties of the St. Moritz spa were extolled by Roman soldiers in the time of Caesar, and the praises haven't stopped yet. It's a good place to soak away the aches and pains that result from hiking in vertical scenery. Take a mud bath, get an herbal wrap or just enjoy drinking the excellent mineral water. Badrutt's Palace Hotel, one of Europe's finest hotels, is located there.

St. Moritz is the terminus of the Bernina and Glacier Express, two not-to-be-missed train rides through the Alps. Not far from St. Moritz, about a 90-minute car trip, is the small Alpine village of Soglio, near the Italian border—really a must-see for its beauty and atmosphere. Other pretty villages worth visiting are Zuoz and Berguen. Aas is a Swiss national park (55 sq mi/140 sq km of pristine forest) in the very east of the canton.

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