What to Do in and Around St. Moritz Featured

A guide to the luxury alpine resort town if you’re not a skier - or if you’ve just had enough skiing.

by Angelina Hazzouri

St. Moritz offers some of the world’s best skiing as well as other winter sport accommodations. Aside from this, however, the town boasts incredible restaurants, spas, hiking trails and more. Take a day trip to Nietzsche-Haus, treat yourself at a spa, or simply enjoy walking and exploring the beautiful area.

Explore Frozen Lake St. Moritz

Lake St. Moritz©ST. MORITZ OFFICIAL WEBSITE

Winter is practically here, and the magic of Lake St. Moritz, although found year-round, can best be discovered in the cold winter months when it freezes over. Home to the White Turf Horse Races and the Snow Polo World Cup, the lake acts as a venue for exciting events throughout the winter season. In addition to this, the lake has many everyday functions for your enjoyment.  Lake St. Moritz at sunrise is a magical sight as the sun bounces off the reflection of the water. Take a walk along the outer edges of this fascinating body of water to start your day with breathtaking views, or ice skate with friends and family in the shimmering atmosphere.

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Pamper Yourself with a Spa Day

finnish sauna 2 1©GRAND HOTEL DES BAINS KEMPINSKI

When it’s this cold outside, you deserve to treat yourself. St. Moritz has a handful of luxurious spas that will make your stay extra relaxing. Choose among SPA OVAVERVA, a relaxing oasis with an indoor pool and fitness centres, the luxury spa within the Grand Hotel Des Bains Kempinski with Kneipp baths and various saunas, or other luxurious hotel spas.

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Take a Day Trip to Sils Maria

Nietzsche Haus 1©WEEPINGREDOGER

Located less than 10 km outside of St. Moritz, Sils Maria is another beautiful town that offers a quiet mountain escape with plenty to do. The town is home to the Nietzsche-Haus, the 200-year-old house in the heart of Sils Maria where German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche spent seven summers. In addition to this must-see attraction, Sils Maria boasts natural beauty just as beautiful as that of St. Moritz. Hike through Val Fex, the car-free, picturesque valley that Nietzsche once wrote about saying, “There is no place I love as much.” You’ll also want to visit Lake Sils, the largest and most scenic of the Engadin lakes.

Indulge in a Local Favorite: Engadine Walnut Tart 

Engadine Walnut Tart©BABICHE MARTENS

Not only loved by locals and tourists of St. Moritz, the Engadine walnut tart started in this region and has spread throughout Europe. Traditionally, it is made from a shortcrust pastry and a filling of chopped walnuts, cream and honey. A delighting and comforting pastry, the Engadine walnut tart is available at patisseries all over St. Moritz, such as Conditorei Hanselmann and Confiserie Hauser.

Visit the Segantini Museum

Segantini Museum 1©SEGANTINI MUSEUM

Another delightful attraction is the Segantini Museum, built in honour of Alpine painter Giovanni Segantini. Here you can see the most comprehensive collection of Segantini’s works in the world. Overlooking Lake St. Moritz, this museum offers a perfect daytime opportunity for visitors of all ages in case you’re in the mood for some art.

 

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