Engadin St. Moritz: Celerina New Orleans Jazz Festiva Engadin St. Moritz: Celerina New Orleans Jazz Festiva © Werner Knuesel/Swiss-Image

What to do in St. Moritz this summer

With open-air concerts, mile long dinners, literature festivals and hiking and bike tours, St. Moritz’s summer season is well and truly upon us.

There is something about the Alps in summer that makes them even more impressive than when they are mantled in snow. With longer days and an ease of travel thanks to hot weather and Swiss organisation, this small but mighty Alpine town becomes a hub of both sport and cultural activity through the warmer months. Here’s our pick of the best of St. Moritz in July, August and September:

St Moritz Jazz Festival

Festival da JazzFestival da Jazz © Giancarlo Cattaneo / fotoswiss

The highest-altitude jazz festival in the world has evolved over recent years into one of the key events of the summer. Stars and rising talent bring blue notes to the intimate location of the legendary Dracula Club, whose relaxed welcome has made it a cherished rendezvous for luminaries of the jazz scene. Make sure to book your tickets in advance. 9 July – 9 August 2015 www.festivaldajazz.ch

New Orleans Jazz

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This year sees the New Orleans Jazz Tour arrive in the Engadin with a three-day programme of exceptional concerts in various locations. Friday sees the bands take to the ancient Cordon Rouge train turned into an auditorium: drink, dine and listen as you chug through the Engadin. Saturday and Sunday sees artist congregate in village squares and a-top the mountains for a truly exceptional musical experience. 21-23 August, bookings essential. www.celerina-jazzfestival.ch

La Tavolata 

La Tavolata by Vera BohmLa Tavolata by Vera Bohm

When it comes to eating and drinking, size is of great importance, so what could be more appetising than the Switzerland’s longest dining table.

Now in its fifth year ‘La Tavolata’ is a two day food festival expected to attract over 8000 guests. The table meanders its way through St. Moritz’s central zone bringing together world-famous chefs, sommeliers, locals and visitors alike. On Saturday the table plays host to a giant BBQ and on Sunday lunch will be served. For its fifth birthday La Tavolata have collaborated with Schloss Salenegg, Europe’s oldest vineyard, to create a special exclusive and limited 'Vino Tavolata'. 25-26 July, www.tavolatastmoritz.ch

Piz Nair Sunrise mountain bike trail

piz-nair-sunrisePiz Nair Sunrise © Swiss Image

If you really want to work up an appetite before embarking on La Tavolata, there is no better way than by taking part in the Sunrise Mountain Bike trail. At 3000 metres above sea level the summit offers spectacular views over the Engadin valley and an extensive list of trails to take down. 

On the last Sunday of the month adventurers can take the cable car before dawn and cycle down as the sunrises. You’ll be met with a buffet breakfast at the summit restaurant. Mountain bike enthusiasts should also check out the Mountain Bike Marathon around the Engadin National Parks on the 29 August. Sunrise trails: 27 July, 30 August, 27 September 2015. www.sunrise-piznair.ch

Related: Mountain biking in St. Moritz

Engadin Festival 

Engadin Kombi 2015 CMYK 72Engadin Festival © St. Moritz.ch

This summer, the Engadin Festival celebrates it's 75th yearand will present ten high-calibre classical concerts in the ambiance of carefully chosen places in the Upper Engadin. Highlights are the Russian trumpet virtuoso, Sergei Nakariakov, the young internationally celebrated violinist Nicola Benedetti, and one of the greatest living pianists, Grigory Sokolov. The final concert will be performed by I Solisti della Scala together with festival director Jan Schultsz. 30 July - 15 August www.engadinfestival.ch

Passione Engadin

passione-engadinPassion Engadine © www.engadin.stmoritz.ch

Now in its fourth year, St. Moritz is hosting the Passione Engadina, an Italian classic car celebration that brings together collectors, buyers and enthusiasts from across Europe. 

There will be shows, viewings and test-drives available for registered guests, together with the races, where various age-groups of cars compete against each other. The event also includes culinary delights, live music and talks. 21 – 23 August 2015. www.passione-engadina.ch

Art Masters

art-masters-Art Masters © www.engadin.stmoritz.ch

Most of us don’t immediately associate this super-chic ski resort with art, but for centuries the town has gained the love of leading writers, philosophers and artists.

This summer the Art Master’s of St. Moritz bring visitors the eighth edition of the exhibition. The show supports and displays projects from exceptional national and international rising artists, designers and installation-artists focusing on the global language of culture. 21 – 30 August 2015 www.stmoritzartmasters.com

Art and literature days/tours around the Engadin

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Friedrich Nietzsche, Hermann Hesse, Thomas Mann, Rainer Maria Rilke, Ferdinand Hodler, Richard Wagner, Giovanni Segantini. The list of writers and artists who have sought solace in the fresh air and tranquil landscape of St. Moritz reads like a who’s who of 19th and 20th century culture. 

Now in its 11th year the summer-long series of visits, talks and tours about the Engadin’s influence on literature, poetry and philosophy are available for visitors. The pinnacle of this is the Nietzsche Colloquium at the Hotel Waldhaus Sils, with readings of Nietzsche’s poetry, philosophical texts as well as art and music exhibitions.

Art & Literature Tours: 27 August – 30 August www.kubus-sils.ch

Nietzsche’s House: open all year, Colloquim; 24 -27 September nietzschehaus.ch

For more information about summer St. Moritz and the Engadin see: www.engadin.stmoritz.ch