Glamorous, glitzy, gorgeous views, St Moritz is the epitome of all-round winter sports. Whilst its architecture is not to everybody's taste, what the resort lacks in quaint mountain charm it makes up for in its surroundings with arguably some of the most breathtaking vistas in the Swiss Alps. St Moritz is spread out along the valley sides, with the two main centres of Dorf and Bad as well as the smaller Suvretta and Campfèr. St Moritz Dorf, sits on terraces up from the lake and is home to the major shops, hotels - including the iconic Badrutt's Palace - bars and restaurants.
For a more traditional Swiss vibe, head to one of the nearby villages of Silvaplana, Pontresina, Celerina or Samedan.
The lucky few arrive by priate jet; for the rest Zurich airport is 2.5 hours away by car and approx. 4 hours by train.
St Moritz retains its high-end vibe, frequented by designer label wearing visitors, some of whom are perhaps more likely to sip Bollinger than ski champagne powder. Away from the apres, there are 350km of pistes, extensive piste and an average 322 days of sunshine per year. Spacious nursery slopes, quiet intermediate terrain and a glacier downhill run offer plenty for all levels. The lake too is a hub of winter activity, remaining frozen throughout and hosting some rather unusual winter spectator sports including cricket, golf and snow polo, as well as the popular Engadine cross-country ski marathon.
St Moritz built its reputation as a summer destination, with visitors visiting the therapeutic springs as part of their European Grand Tour. The stunning mountains still offer beautiful hiking with sailing and other watersports on the lake.
The Swiss ski resort has long been regarded as a desirable place to own a property by the international jet set, who are attracted by its high-end facilities and the convenience of Samedan airport.
Property choices are eclectic, as you would expect from a resort that is home to Norman Foster's Chesa Futura. Chalet architect ranges from the traditional Engadine style to more contemporary design incorporating steel and glass as reflected along Via Suvretta, one of the most expensive stretches of real estate in the world. St Moritz Bad, the original health spa by the lake provides easy access to the Corviglia ski region, and is generally less expensive with more affordable accommodation and a quieter charm.
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