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Travel – Davos, one of the highest cities in Europe




Davos is in the district of Prattigau/Davos in the Landwasser valley. It is a municipality in the canton Graubünden, Switzerland and lies along the Landwasser River in the Swiss Alps. Davos lies between the Plessur and Albula Range. It is at an altitude of 1,560 meters (5,118 ft). It is considered the highest city in Europe.
It is famous for the World Economic Forum (WEF), an an annual winter gathering of international politicians and financiers who represented a transnational elite. And of course, Davos is the largest ski resort in Switzerland. It is also a place for the annual Spengler Cup ice hockey tournament, hosted by the HC Davos local hockey team.
The area of Davos is 254.5 square kilometers (98.3 sq mi). The attraction of Davos is the off-piste skiing and it is a resort village. Davos offers a wide variety of winter sports activities, and summer hiking trails, set amid stunning Alpine scenery along with its neighboring town of Klosters.
The main ski areas and resorts are:
• Parsenn / Gotschna
• Jakobshorn
• Pischahorn
• Rinerhorn
• Schatzalp
• Madrisahorn
• Valais and Vau,
• two in Bernese Oberland,
• three in Central Switzerland,
• four of Graubunden
• Five of Eastern Switzerland.
Sites in Davos that are listed as Swiss heritage sites of national significance are the Town Archives, the Kirchner Museum, the Grosses Jenatschhaus (a type of charity house known as a Pfrundhaus) and the Forest Cemetery (Waldfriedhof), Berghotel Schatzalp (hotel), the former Grand Hotel Belvédère (hotel)and the Zürcher Höhenklinik von R. Gaberel (hotel).
Davos has some resorts that are close by which include: Klosters (5 km), Arosa (12 km), Fideris – Fideriser Heuberge (15 km), St. Peter – Pagig (15 km), St. Antönien (18 km). Davos is a skier’s town with 61 lifts and 318km of prepared runs.

Places to see:
• Schwarzsee (Davos): Schwarzsee is a lake at Laret that lies between Davos and Klosters in the Grisons, Switzerland. It is at an altitude of 1504 m.
• Lake Davos: Lake Davos is a small natural lake at Davos, Switzerland. Its surface area is 0.59 km² and the maximum depth is 54 m. This lake is a hydropower reservoir which is fed by Flüelabach, Totalpbach and other mountain creeks. Earlier its water flowed to the Landwasser River but now it is channeled into the Landquart River at Klosters.
• Kirchner Museum Davos: This museum was built in honor of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, the German Expressionist painter. It was opened in 1992. It holds the world’s largest collection of the artist’s work. The architecture of the museum building was designed by the Zürich architects Annette Gigon and Mike Guyer.
• Winter Sports Museum: This museum holds a large collection of winter sport equipment and documents donated by the Jürg Kaufmann family. The well-preserved exhibits (sleds, bobsleds, skis, skates, curling material, etc.) document the history of winter sports.
• Zügenschlucht—it has a spectacular railway line and a mining museum at the Schmelzboden at 1340 m. There is a Geology Trail between Davos-Monstein and Wiesen.
• The Schatzalp: This is at an elevation of 1861m. It is an alpine botanical garden that is scenic. It contains around 800 different species of plants from all over the world. In June and July, when flowers are in bloom, it’s most beautiful.
• Sertigtal: The mountain scenery of Sertigtal is spectacular. One can go for a ride by horse-drawn carriage or sledge.
• Bier Vision Monstein (Monstein Brewery): One can learn fine points of beer making, if interested.
Events
• O’Neill SB-JAM Davos—this is a freestyle snowboarding event takes place every year in Davos in December/January.
• Young Artists in Concert— this concert takes place in July and August. This concert is for young musicians from all over the world who are interested to perform as solo artists or in chamber groups at the Davos Conference Centre, in the Kirchner Museum and in various churches.
• International Hiking Rally—this take place annually in September. This hiking rally covers four routes in the mountains around Davos.

How to get there:
Davos is accessible by train, bus or car. The nearest commercial airport with scheduled airline service is Zurich.
By train: From Zurich, it takes three hours to reach Davos. From Zurich’s Hauptbahnhof (main station), the train connections are available. Zurich Flughafen (airport) or Zurich HB (city) is the departure point and reach Davos Platz or Davos Dorf. Zurich-Kloten Airport has its own railway station with train connections throughout Switzerland. The train journey between Klosters Dorf and Davos Platz, stopping at Klosters Platz and Davos Dorf on the way, takes just under half an hour. It is free for tourists with the inclusive Davos/Klosters visitor card (Gästekarte).

Train Connections in Switzerland:
• Zurich-Landquart-Davos: 2 hours 45 minutes.
• Geneva-Zurich-Landquart-Davos: 5 hours 15 minutes.
• Buchs-Landquart-Davos: 2 hours.
• St. Margrethen-Landquart-Davos: 2 hours 30 minutes.

By bus during ski season
Buses travel from Zurich airport to Davos Dorf or Davos Platz every Saturday and return from Davos Dorf or Platz to the airport every Saturday in December through April within two hours with a pickup at the train stations three times daily.
By car: It will take about 2 hours (160 kilometres/103 miles) to get to Davos by car from Zurich. From Zurich-Kloten Airport: take A51 to Zurich and look for the road signs to Chur (Expressway A), take Exit “Landquart-Davos” and follow road signs to Davos.
To Get Around, one can take municipal bus system or cabs. One can take Gastekarte with which all local buses, local trains and lifts are free.

Best time to visit / climate:
Davos is a winter and summer resort village located in the heart of the Graubünden in the east of Switzerland.
But preferably, the best time of year to visit Davos is in the winter as this town is high up in the Alps and being primarily a ski resort. The main attraction of the town is the skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports like skating on some ponds is a great way to spend the day. To visit the town in the off season, the spring, summer, or fall, there are activities like hiking, mountain biking, etc., to do in the place.

Location on Google Maps:


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Driving directions from Zurich to Davos on google maps:


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Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

• http://wikitravel.org/en/Davos#Eat (list of restaurants with details)
• http://wikitravel.org/en/Davos#Sleep (list of hotels from cheap to high)
Booking.com
• Tripadvisor (hotel, restaurant)
• http://www.myswitzerland.com/en/hotels/index.cfm/graubuenden/davos
• http://www.agoda.com/europe/switzerland/davos.html (hotels at discounted rates)
• http://switzerland.europe-mountains.com/davos-hotels.aspx
• http://www.travbuddy.com/Davos-hotels-1308661 (list of hotels)
• http://www.travbuddy.com/Davos-restaurants-1308661 (list of restaurants)

Blogs / Sites about Davos:

• http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davos
• http://wikitravel.org/en/Davos
• http://www.forumblog.org/
• http://www.travbuddy.com/Davos-travel-guide-1308661
• http://www.travbuddy.com/Davos-travel-blogs-1308661
Forrester.com
• http://blogs.wsj.com/davos/
• http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=443722771&blogId=527850767
• http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/LocationPhotos-g188090-Davos_Grisons_Swiss_Alps.html

Images and photos of Davos:

Google Search
Tripadvisor
• http://www.webcamgalore.com/EN/webcam/Switzerland/Davos/428.html
• http://www.picsearch.com/pictures/travel/cities/western%20europe/switzerland/cities%20a-h/davos.html
• http://www.inewscatcher.com/2010/01/davos-at-davos-experts-see-global-dip-ahead.html
Placesonline

Videos on Davos:

• http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/VideoGallery-g188090-Davos_Grisons_Swiss_Alps.html




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