Davos is the highest town in Europe (with a population over 10,000). Nestled in the Landwasser Valley, Davos is surrounded by mountains and forests.
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The town of Davos
The town of Davos is split in two parts with Davos Dorf in the north-east and Davos Platz in the south-west. One can walk from one end to the other in about 45 minutes. The valley is also home to the village of Klosters located about 30 minutes by train north-east of Davos Dorf and a bit further on Küblis.
You may have heard of Davos before: it regularly makes the headlines when the World Economic Forum annual meetup takes place in town.
Pros and cons of Davos
Davos is fairly secluded, with the closest city to Davos being Chur (often used to start the Glacier Express or Bernina Express trips), which is 1h30 by train. Davos is a large town with several large hotels and conference centers. It doesn’t quite have the cachet and glamour of St. Moritz or Zermatt, which can help to keep costs down – a little. Davos is typically busiest in winter, and therefore can be a great experience in summer when it is slightly less busy. It's off the tourist radar unlike St. Moritz.
What to do in Davos
The main activities are mountain-based: hiking, biking and swimming in Lake Davos in summer and any snow sport you can think of in winter. Being a fairly large town, Davos has good shopping opportunities as well as many restaurants and bars and a casino to keep you entertained.
Mountain chair lifts, cable cars and funiculars can be accessed all along the valley from the various villages.
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Davos in winter season
Davos is mainly a winter sports resort: the options for skiing and other snow activities are endless.
In winter, you can ski the famous Parsenn downhill run, from Weissfluh (above Davos Dorf) to Küblis (12km away). On top of over 300 km of downhill ski runs, there are nearly 160 km of winter hiking and snowshoe trails and 75 km of cross-country ski trails.
Davos is home to Europe’s largest natural skating rink at 1,800 m2. It’s also home to Switzerland’s most successful ice hockey team, the Davos Hockey Club.
If you visit Davos for a snow experience, the best months are January, February and early March. It’s also most crowded at the ski runs then. Pistes may still have snow in late March: visit during that time if you like a quiet holiday.