©St. Moritz Tourism
One of the most famous holiday destinations in the world
The mere mention of some places’ name is strangely bringing to mind all manner of stunning imagery. St. Moritz is one such place. For it was here, 1,856 meters above sea level, in the heart of the spectacular Upper Engadin lakes district, that the notion of winter holidays was born. The first electric light, the first skiing school and Switzerland’s first electric tram are among the other pioneering feats in St. Moritz’s long list of achievements.
Today St. Moritz is the number one Alpine holiday destination. It is home to exceptional leisure and sporting facilities, culture par excellence, exclusive shopping opportunities and hosts events on the world stage.
Year round leisure
In winter, visitors can enjoy downhill (FIS Alpine Ski World Cup) and Nordic skiing, Cresta Run, bobsleigh, horse racing “White Turf” on the frozen lake, polo, cricket, golf and curling, Olympic ski jump, gourmet and music festivals, while summer offers mountain biking, inline skating, hiking, windsurfing, ice skating, golf, tennis, sailing (Champions league every year in early September), opera, art and culture and the Swiss National Park – all within a radius of a few minutes.
The birthplace of winter tourism and modern winter sports
Such as Lake Placid and Innsbruck, St. Moritz hosted the Winter Olympic Games twice. The Games were incredibly significant for the city and region, firstly during the financial crisis of the late 1920s and then again three years after the World War II. These major sporting events helped to shape St. Moritz’s global reputation as a stunning Olympic site in an Alpine valley rising high above Europe.
The “Swiss Olympic Training Base Gold”
St. Moritz has been awarded the “Swiss Olympic Training Base Gold” label. At 1,856 metres above sea level, it is ideal for altitude training. Top athletes all across the world swear by it, endurance ones in particular. Up here you’ll benefit from the dry, bracing Alpine climate and perfect weather conditions, with an average of 322 sunny days per year.
The sporting facilities are used by the countless professional athletes who head to Engadin to prepare for major competitions, and are also open to recreational athletes and non-Olympic squads from Switzerland and abroad. The cutting-edge training infrastructure is updated on an ongoing basis. Fun fact: the first altitude training facilities in St. Moritz were set up way back in 1967/68 in preparation for the Olympic Games in Mexico, which were held at 2,000 metres a.s.l.
Olympic events: Winter Olympic Games 1928 – 1948; Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games