Davos, Switzerland

Davos is not a small quaint Alpine resort.

Davos photo, SwitzerlandThis is a ski city—the largest ski resort in Switzerland and the highest city in Europe. The year-round population is 13,000 and the town can fill up with an additional 23,000 tourists. Davos was one of the first ski resorts to be created and is still one of the world’s best.

Here is the interactive Davos Resort Map.

In the south-east corner of Switzerland, Davos sits dwarfed by mountains on both sides of the valley (Davos means “behind” or “beyond” in the Romansh language). Five separate ski areas have been developed, any one of which would be enough for a U.S. resort, ensuring diversity and skiing for every skier.

The main town, or should I say city, is split into two sections: Davos Dorf, where the Parsennbahn starts, and Davos Platz, beneath the Schatzalpbahn. These, with several other villages—Frauenkirch, Glaris and Monstein —make up greater Davos.

Instead of wooden chalets, for the most part, square concrete hotels line the streets, but Davos still maintains a sense of comfort. Traffic moves easily along the upper and lower main arteries without buildup. The hotels have a long and distinguished tradition for excellence, and practically every type of recreational activity is available. If you want to buy the latest in Gucci acces-sories, or the finest Atomic racing ski, you’ll find them without any problem.

The town was founded in 1860 by Dr. Spengler, a German physician who recognized the benefits of the dry, healthy climate in treating tuberculosis, a scourge at that time. Huge balconies seen on older houses were for patients to lie out in the sunshine. This type of treatment continued until about 1930. Thomas Mann’s wife was treated at Davos, from which came his novel The Magic Mountain.

Development of Davos as a sports region began in 1955. Davos and Klosters combined over 300 km. of runs, a variety of lodging, cable cars and even some yodeling accordion players. This resort was one of the first to turn skiing into a business with the construction of the Parsenn railway and the creation of the first drag lift.

At night the mix of people has unusual variety, from teenagers in town for the good skiing to elderly couples en-joying a walk in the crisp, clear mountain air and the restorative powers of an Alpine vacation. Nightlife is ade-quate, if restrained. Everything except the skiing seems to be done in moderation.

Interactive Resort Map copyright Davos Tourismus

Davos Tourist Information:

Davos Tourismus, Promenade 67, 7270 Davos-Platz, Switzerland
Country code: 0041
Telephone prefix: 081
Telephone: 4152121; for reservations call 4152131
Email: [email protected]

The tourist office is open Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.–noon and 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Note: All prices are in Euros unless otherwise noted.

For more information on skiing and staying in the country of Switzerland, click the map.

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