Prominently known as an Alpine town, Davos is a magnificent city located in the Rhaetian Alps. This secluded place is situated distant from others in the country along the river Landwasser. Davos is highly known for hosting the World Economic Forum(WEF), an annual meeting between the political and business elites. The city is split into two parts, the Dorf in the northeast and the Platz in the southwest. The regions can be traversed easily by foot, one to another. Host to a number of snow-based events, Davos also conducts the Spengler cup ice hockey competition by the local hockey team HC Davos. The city is one of the highest locations in the country with an altitude of 1600 meters above sea level.
This region has a seemingly great number of differences from the other parts of the country due to the settlements of Walser colonists in the past. The culture, dialect and customs are majorly similar to those of the German Walsers. It also has a historic prominence of being home to medicinal plants as mentioned by renowned doctors of the past. Davos attracts tourists round the year with the winter sports during the cold months and other adventurous activities during the summer months. Often visited during the hotter months when the temperatures are quite normal, winters here are a delight to watch too. The city is comparatively crowded when compared to its counterparts and offers a plethora of options during shopping. The local shops have a large number of local arts and artefacts.
This beautiful city was primarily under notice when the German expressionist painter Ernst-Ludwig Kirchner moved here on a de-addiction program. Davos is home to beautiful places like the Schatzalp, Rinerhorn, Lake Davos, Sertig valley and the Kirchner museum. The city is more than just another exquisite skiing experience with all the others it has to offer. Among the adventurous sports, a special activity, mountain bike riding is a major attraction. The venture around lake Landwasser and the Madrisa Island adventure park are sought after activities, especially during the summers. The speciality of this place lies in the variety of attractions it offers depending on the seasons of the year.
Best time to visit Davos
With all it has to present a tourist, Davos can be visited both in the summers and winters. The months between June and September are often considered the most appropriate to visit this city. Prior to this, during the winters of May, the climate falls dangerously low and also opens up numerous options for winter sports. Between July and September, the summer sports are often open with a booming number of adventure seekers. The mild temperatures during the beginning of summer offer for a bearable climate. When seen from the budget aspects, the hotels and spaces are less crowded during the off-season months in May and August-September. The prices are reduced greatly when compared to the mid-season. Booking the hotels and tickets prior would be a better choice given the chance of crowding. Plan your trip depending on your interests and budget to extract the maximum from your experience. Summer enthusiasts can look out for the July-September months specifically while those interested in a winter trip can choose May-June as their option. In either case, make your arrangements well in advance to get the best in your constraints.
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The cog railway ripping through this ethereal beauty of a region offers an insight into a car-less area. Often traversed and explored by foot, Schatzalp is more of an Alpinium. The botanical garden has around 3500 varieties of Alpine plants which primarily appear during the summer months. During the winter months, the place appears as if out of a fairytale, covered entirely in snow. It is a reviving and soothing experience to visit this area. A few bibliophiles would be surprised to know that Thomas Mann got the inspiration for his widely regarded book ‘The Magic Mountain’ from here. Close to this place is the Art Nouveau sanatorium which was converted to a hotel later.
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Down the southwest road of Davos, the famous BierVision Monstein is present, one of the highest breweries in Europe. The place is open for visitors’ tour only on Fridays. The trip inside offers a deep insight into the brewing process and is explained by the people there. The brewing vats and fermentation processes are closely shown to the tourists too. Post this, a guide would accompany the visitors around the village to know about the lifestyle and culture of the area. BierVision is home to five kinds of beers and also has their own whiskey. Tourists are allowed to taste these in the Gambrinus bar located in the basement. Chocolate and cheese made locally can be bought from the region. They have an authentic and special taste to them and are often etched in the memory for long.
Near Monstein, a gorgeous gorge begins. Known as Zugenschlut, it is greener and smoother near the mouth and becomes steeper while moving through it. The place also has rich deposits of lead and zinc and is known as a geological trail. Information panels are all around explaining about the metal ores and the mining that took place until the 1800s. Surrounded by beautiful sceneries and lush vegetation, the place is a treat to the eye. Above the gorge, the Rhaetian railway track meets its ends and passes through beautifully set tunnels and scenic views all around.
Towards the northeastern end of the city is Lake Davos surrounded by greenery. During the summer months, water sports are quite common here as the lake goes along the breeze here. Visitors often get into the lake too for a short swim or a bath. Often pedalos, paddleboards and kayaks are hired here while surfing and sailing are common too. The place is also surrounded by old-style and pretty restaurants with local cuisines. Further from here, in the forests, wild squirrels are frequently found. They easily accept the snacks given by tourists and also usually follow all along the journey. Do make it a point to take something for them.
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In the remembrance of his contribution and life spent here, a museum was established following the years spent by Ernst-Ludwig. As a drug addict trying to re-establish his life, he arrived here and changed the landscape and the looks of this city. The museum was built following the collection of articles from a local dealer and has artefacts from the younger stage of his life such as his childhood art, letters, the expressionist days of Berlin, Munich and Switzerland, etc. Gruesomely, the gun he had used to shoot himself is also displayed in the museum.
Davos Farich adventure park
Filled with an abundance of adventurous activities involving ropes, ladders, swinging bridges and of course helmets, the park is quite enthralling. It offers various activities, often in groups where teams would have to put in collective effort to move through the tasks. Apart from the elder’s section, it also has a children’s space which is keenly supervised. Safety measures are rigid and followed without fail to ensure safety, especially in the children’s section. This area is located amidst a forest canopy and has around five courses, each offering a newer excitement as the visitors go through them.
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The summer months open up a number of trails in the region for mountain biking. Among these, the Gotschna Freeride is the suggested route for both pros and beginners. A blue label path, this is a 720 meters descent with around 200 jumping banks. The route is a total of six kilometres long and is often completed in under 20 minutes. It passes through the Gotschanagrat to the village of Klosters. The city also has numerous other routes with their share of thrills and adventures. Some of them, though named best, are not suitable for beginners and observing this is important, given the nature of the danger posed.
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