Davos is a municipality in the district of Prättigau/Davos in the canton of Graubünden, Switzerland. Davos is located on the Landwasser River, in the Swiss Alps, between the Plessur and Albula Range. At 1,560 m (5,120 ft), it is the highest city in Europe. Davos is host to the World Economic Forum (WEF), an annual meeting of global political and business elites (often referred to simply as Davos) and the home of one of Switzerland’s biggest ski resorts. At the end of every year it serves as the site of the annual Spengler Cup ice hockey tournament, hosted by the HC Davos local hockey team.
Davos is home to seven sites that are listed as Swiss heritage sites of national significance. These heritage sites include the Town Archives, the Kirchner Museum, the Grosses Jenatschhaus (a type of charity house known as a Pfrundhaus) and the Forest Cemetery (Waldfriedhof). Several hotels and spas are also included on the list. The three hotels or former hotels are; Berghotel Schatzalp, the former Grand Hotel Belvédère and the Zürcher Höhenklinik von R. Gaberel.
THE SNOW SPORTS RESORTS
Are you a peak performer? Then the days on the magical mountains of Davos Klosters will be over all too soon for you. Because you can choose between 6 snow sports resorts here: The Jakobshorn, the Parsenn/Gotschna resort and the three family-friendly mountains Pischa, Madrisa and Rinerhorn. Furthermore, Schatzalp/Strelaoffer the first decelerated skiing resort in Europe. In other words: Here, you are simply spoilt for choice – this is guaranteed by 320 km of guaranteed snow-covered pistes and 59 transport systems.
The Jakobshorn is and remains the ‘trendsetter’ amongst the winter sports regions. The very first T-bar tow in 1934 was quickly followed by comfortable chairlifts up to the fun mountain, which was the very first to extend a warm welcome to snowboarders. Freestylers can let off steam in the “Jatz Park”, which, with 18 jumps, rollers and rails, is one of the largest in the Alps and the reputation of the parties held in the “Jatzhütte” has travelled far beyond the borders of Switzerland. The Jakobshorn is best known for relaxing hours spent under palm trees on its sun terrace, dancing to the sounds of international DJs or cooling off in the whirlpool. An “adventure” mountain for an up-for-it crowd.
PARSENN DAVOS KLOSTERS
On the opposite side of the mountain lies the ski resort Parsenn Davos Klosters, which is accessible from Davos and Klosters . As the largest snow sports resort in the area, its pistes offer every difficulty rating. On Parsenn visitors will also find one of the longest runs in Europe – it is 12 km from Weissfluhgipfel to Küblis. Night-time skiing is on offer every Friday.
PISCHA, MADRISA & RINERHORN
The family mountains Pischa, Madrisa and Rinerhorn offer ski-loving families everything they want. Children experience fun and diversity in the various children’s fun areas. Incidentally: Pischa is also a superb freeride resort. Three pistes are marked and safeguarded against alpine hazards, but not prepared.
The Schatzalp-Strela slopes in Davos are home to the first “decelerated” ski resort . The resort, which is situated on the sunny side of Davos, is ideally suited for this with its gently rolling hillsides. Schatzalp/Strela is reached from Davos Platz in just four minutes by funicular railway.
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