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The Ultimate Travel Guide to St. Moritz, Switzerland

If you’re dreaming of an alpine escape that combines luxury with breathtaking scenery, let me tell you, St. Moritz in Switzerland is the place to be. I fell in love with this charming resort town, nestled in the heart of the Swiss Alps, famous for its glamorous vibe, winter sports, and stunning natural beauty. Whether you're a thrill-seeker like me, a foodie, or someone who loves to relax and take in the views, St. Moritz has something for everyone.


In this guide, I'll share my favorite attractions, recommend the best places to stay, and provide some handy tips on how to get there, along with much more to help you make the most of your visit!




Getting to St. Moritz, Switzerland

St. Moritz is a beautiful, upscale resort town nestled in the Swiss Alps. Whether you're into skiing, hiking, or just soaking in the stunning scenery, it's a fantastic destination. Here’s how you can get there:


By Air

From Zurich Airport (ZRH):

  • Train: After landing, catch a train from Zurich Airport to Zurich Main Station (Hauptbahnhof). From there, you’ll take another train to Chur, and then a final train to St. Moritz. This scenic trip usually takes about 3 to 4 hours.

  • Car: Renting a car is an option too. The drive takes around 2.5 to 3 hours, with some beautiful landscapes along the way.


From Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP):

  • Train: You’ll need to take a train from Milan Malpensa to Milan Central Station (Milano Centrale). From there, hop on a train to Tirano, and then switch to the Bernina Express or a regional train to St. Moritz. This journey takes about 4 to 5 hours.

  • Car: Driving from Milan Malpensa to St. Moritz will take you around 3 to 4 hours. The route is straightforward but can be quite scenic.


By Train

  • Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) is your go-to for reliable train services. The journey is not just about getting there – it's an experience in itself!

  • Glacier Express: This famous train route from Zermatt to St. Moritz is about an 8-hour journey through breathtaking landscapes.

  • Bernina Express: Another scenic option, this one runs from Tirano (Italy) to St. Moritz and takes about 2.5 to 3 hours.



By Car

  • From Zurich: Head towards Chur on the A3 motorway, then follow the signs to St. Moritz via the Julier Pass. It's a lovely 2.5 to 3-hour drive, especially in good weather.

  • From Milan: Drive north towards the Swiss border, through Chiavenna and then up the Maloja Pass. The drive is about 3 to 4 hours and offers stunning views.


By Bus

  • Swiss PostBus: They offer routes connecting St. Moritz with several Swiss cities. The buses are comfortable and the views can be spectacular.


We traveled to St. Moritz from Milan, given its convenient location near the Italian border in Switzerland. It’s quite simple to get between the two via train or bus. We decided to book a day trip through Get Your Guide, and it turned out to be the best decision.



Our journey started with a luxurious coach bus ride, allowing us to admire charming villages, rolling vineyards, and the tranquil beauty of Lake Como along the way.


The highlight was the iconic Bernina Red Train, which offered breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, glaciers, and pristine lakes. With reserved tickets, we enjoyed a hassle-free ride and even had a chance to stop in Tirano to learn about its rich history.


In my opinion, this trip is a must-do at least once in your life.







Things to Do in St. Moritz, Switzerland


Skiing and Snowboarding

If you love hitting the slopes, you’re in for a treat. St. Moritz boasts over 200 miles of pristine pistes. Corviglia is my favorite spot – it’s perfect for both beginners and seasoned pros. Corvatsch is another fantastic area with night skiing options. The feeling of carving through the fresh powder with the Alps as your backdrop is simply unbeatable.


Cresta Run

For the adrenaline junkies, don’t miss the chance to try the Cresta Run. This natural ice toboggan track is legendary. It’s a bit nerve-wracking at first, but the rush you get from speeding down the track is worth it!



Ice Skating

Imagine ice skating on the frozen Lake St. Moritz surrounded by snowy peaks. It’s a magical experience, especially at sunset when the sky turns shades of pink and orange. There are also outdoor rinks if you prefer a more structured setting.


Hiking

The hiking trails around St. Moritz are a hiker's paradise. One of the best hikes is from Muottas Muragl to Alp Languard. The panoramic views of the Engadin valley are absolutely stunning. Don't forget your camera – you’ll want to capture every moment.



Mountain Biking

St. Moritz is also a fantastic place for mountain biking. The trails are diverse and cater to all levels. Renting a bike and exploring the scenic routes is a fun way to spend a summer day.


Windsurfing and Sailing

The lakes around St. Moritz are perfect for windsurfing and sailing. The conditions are ideal, and there’s something so peaceful about gliding across the clear blue water with the mountains in the background.



Segantini Museum

Art lovers, this one’s for you. The Segantini Museum is dedicated to Giovanni Segantini, a famous painter known for his Alpine landscapes. The museum itself is beautiful, and the art inside is mesmerizing.


Engadine Museum

If you’re interested in local history and culture, the Engadine Museum is a must-visit. It’s charming and gives you a real feel for traditional Engadine life through its exhibits and artifacts.


St. Moritz Leaning Tower

This isn’t quite like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, but it’s an intriguing landmark nonetheless. Dating back to the 12th century, the St. Moritz Leaning Tower adds a touch of history to your visit.



Where to Eat in St. Moritz, Switzerland


Fine Dining

Badrutt’s Palace Hotel

Dining at Badrutt’s Palace is an experience in itself. The Michelin-starred IGNIV by Andreas Caminada is a standout, offering exquisite flavors and impeccable service. Indulge in dishes like beautifully seasoned beef tartare served with a variety of condiments, and signature sharing dishes such as the “IGNIV Experience,” featuring meats, seafood, and vegetables prepared with precision and creativity.


Kulm Hotel

The K by Mauro Colagreco at Kulm Hotel promises a luxurious dining experience. Notable dishes include fresh oysters served with caviar, and tender herb-crusted lamb cooked to perfection.



Local Cuisine


Chesa Veglia

For a taste of traditional Swiss cuisine, Chesa Veglia provides a cozy atmosphere ideal after a day on the slopes. Enjoy Swiss cheese fondue, perfect for sharing, and rösti, a crispy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside potato dish served with various toppings.


La Marmite

Located at the Corviglia ski station, La Marmite is renowned for its truffle-infused dishes. Highlights include truffle pizza generously topped with black truffle, and a creamy truffle soup capturing the rich aroma of these prized fungi



Casual Dining


Hanselmann’s

This historic café is perfect for a casual bite with some of the best pastries and Swiss chocolates in town. Treat yourself to a slice of traditional Swiss walnut cake known as Nusstorte, or enjoy rich, velvety hot chocolate, perfect for warming up on chilly days.


Restaurant Engiadina

Offering a relaxed atmosphere, Restaurant Engiadina serves up local specialties like Capuns, Swiss chard-wrapped dumplings filled with meat and vegetables, and Pizzoccheri, a hearty buckwheat pasta dish with potatoes, cheese, and cabbage.


Where to Stay in St. Moritz, Switzerland


Luxury Hotels

Badrutt’s Palace Hotel

Staying at Badrutt’s Palace is like stepping into a fairy tale. The rooms are luxurious, the service is top-notch, and the views are breathtaking. It’s the epitome of luxury.



Kulm Hotel

Another historic and luxurious option is the Kulm Hotel. The rooms are elegant, and the facilities are excellent. Plus, the location is perfect for exploring St. Moritz.


Mid-Range Hotels


Hotel Steffani

This family-run hotel offers comfort and convenience right in the heart of St. Moritz. It’s a great option if you’re looking for a mid-range place to stay.


Art Boutique Hotel Monopol

Known for its artistic flair and central location, Art Boutique Hotel Monopol is another excellent mid-range choice. The rooms are stylish and comfortable.



Budget Options


Youth Hostel St. Moritz

If you’re traveling on a budget, the Youth Hostel St. Moritz is a fantastic option. It’s affordable and offers a comfortable stay.


Hotel Sonne

Hotel Sonne is another budget-friendly option with good value for money. It’s conveniently located and provides easy access to the town’s attractions.


Best Time to Visit St. Moritz, Switzerland


The best time to visit St. Moritz depends on your interests. Winter (December to March) is the peak season, bustling with activity and offering magical snow-covered landscapes, perfect for skiing, snowboarding, and winter festivals like White Turf. I visited during the winter and found the experience enchanting. Summer (June to September) is ideal for outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and water sports, with pleasant weather and lush green scenery complemented by summer events and cultural festivals. The shoulder seasons (April-May, October-November) provide a quieter experience with fewer tourists, allowing you to enjoy the tranquility and natural beauty at a more relaxed pace, although some attractions and hotels may be closed.



St. Moritz is a destination that seamlessly blends natural beauty, luxury, and adventure. Whether you’re visiting in the winter for the snow sports or in the summer for the outdoor activities, St. Moritz promises an unforgettable experience. From gourmet dining and luxurious stays to thrilling activities and cultural treasures, this Swiss gem has something for everyone. Pack your bags and get ready to explore the enchanting world of St. Moritz!


I hope you find this guide helpful and inspiring for your trip. If you have any questions or need more tips, feel free to reach out. Happy travels!


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