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Travel – Davos Platz, famous for the meetings of the World Economic Forum




Davos Platz is in the valley of the East Grisons. It is a municipality and a part of the village of Davos, located in the canton of Graubunden. Davos is located at an altitude of 5,105 feet above sea level, in eastern Switzerland, on the Landwasser River. This place is considered healthy due to dry air and sunshine which is good for patients with chest and lung diseases. Davos has become famous for its meetings of World Economic Forum (WEF), an annual meeting of global political and business elites. It is also known for winter sports, the annual Spengler Cup for ice hockey tournament.

The six main ski areas are:
• Parsenn / Gotschna
• Jakobshorn
• Pischa
• Rinerhorn
• Schatzalp
• Madrisas

Davos Platz is the largest summer and winter resort village in Alps. With varied winter sport activities and hiking trails in summer, in totally splendid Alpine scenery. Davos Platz has skiing and snowing areas between the altitudes 1124 and 2844 m. It has 54 ski lifts, 320 km of slopes, 75 km of cross-country ski tracks, two artificial ice-skating rinks and the largest natural ice rink of Europe skating . It also has almost five sledging runs. The Parsenn and Weissfluhjoch area which connects up with the neighbouring resort of Klosters, are the best places to ski. The Jakobshorn is the right place for snowboarders. The four hiking trails can be accessed by cable cars. The trails are the Jakobshorn (2590 m), Parsenn including the Weissfluhjoch und -gipfel (2844 m), Pischa (2483 m), Rinerhorn (2490 m) and Schatzalp/Strela.

Places to see
• Kirchner Museum Davos: It is Open on Tuesday through Sunday. It was built in the honor of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, the German Expressionist painter. It was opened in 1992 and considered to be the world’s largest collection of the artist’s work. There is a wide variety of architecture in the museum, which attracts general and architectural circles. The design of the building was done by the Zürich architects Annette Gigon and Mike Guyer.
• Winter Sports Museum: This museum comprises of a large collection of winter sport equipments. It also has a collection of documents donated by the Jürg Kaufmann family. The winter equipment includes the exhibits (sleds, bobsleds, skis, skates, curling material, etc.) and the documents of the history of winter sports.
• The Davos Lake: It has a swimming area and a sailing and surfing centre.
• Zügenschlucht: This a gorge that has a railway line with a splendid view on the way. It also has a mining museum at the Schmelzboden which is 1340 m away. One needs to explore the Geology Trail also that is between Davos-Monstein and Wiesen.
• The Schatzalp: This is 1861m alpine botanical garden with magnificent scenery. This botanical garden has almost around 800 different species of plants from all over the world. To see the true garden, June and July is the right time as the flowers are in bloom.
• Sertigtal: This place is full of alpine sceneries and with natural beauty. One can ride a horse-drawn carriage or sledge and enjoy the surrounding beauty along with the ride.
• Bier Vision Monstein (Monstein Brewery): This is the highest brewery in Europe where one can also learn beer making, if interested.

Important events in Davos Platz:
• O’Neill SB-JAM Davos— this is a freestyle snowboarding event. This even takes place every year in Davos and open in December-January for everyone.
• Young Artists in Concert— this concert opens in July and August for young musicians from all over the world, for soloists and for singers in chamber groups and in churches.
• International Hiking Rally—it takes place in September annually. This is a hiking rally that covers four routes in the mountains around Davos.

How to get there

By train: One has to take train from Zurich to reach Davos. It takes 3 hours. There are train connections from Zurich’s Hauptbahnhof (main station) to Davos every hour. 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. With Davos/Klosters visitor card (Gästekarte), it is a free ride.
Train Connections in Switzerland to Davos along with time taken is as follows:
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
From Zurich airport to Davos Dorf or Davos Platz every Saturday, there are buses running. To return from Davos Dorf or Platz to the airport, buses are available every Saturday in December through April. The bus goes three times a day.

By car
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. It will take two hours to reach to Davos from Zurich.

Get around
The municipal bus system and the cabs are the best modes of transportation around.

Best time to visit / climate:
Davos Platz is the largest summer and winter resort village in Alps. with varied winter sport activities and hiking trails in summer, in a totally splended Alpine scenery. The Parsenn and Weissfluhjoch area which connects up with the neighbouring resort of Klosters, are the best places to ski. The Jakobshorn is the right place for snowboarders or one can just take a ride by horse-drawn sledge into the snowy side valleys and view the Davos Mountains from 84 km. The foot paths are filled with snow and one can go for snow-shoe trails.
The four hiking trails can be accessed by cable cars. The trails are the Jakobshorn (2590 m), Parsenn including the Weissfluhjoch und -gipfel (2844 m), Pischa (2483 m), Rinerhorn (2490 m) and Schatzalp/Strela. They have a total of 450 km of marked footpaths. One can go by foot, by bike or by horse-drawn carriage too, if one is not interested in hiking the valleys of Sertig, Dischma or Flüela. The other options are hang-gliding and paragliding and mountain bike and inline skating routes.

Location on Google Maps:


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Driving directions from Zurich to Davos:


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

• http://wikitravel.org/en/Davos#Eat (list of restaurants)
• http://wikitravel.org/en/Davos#Sleep (list of hotels)
Booking.com
Hotels and more
• http://www.orangesmile.com/booking/en/switzerland/davos-platz.htm
• http://www.venere.com/hotels/switzerland/davos/davos-platz/
• http://www.booked.net/City-Davos-Platz-18077/
• http://www.hotel-rates.com/switzerland/davos-platz/
Starwoodhotels
• http://www.wikio.com/hotel/davos-platz-reviews-3558-page1-sort0,h.html

Blogs / Sites about Davos Platz:

Travelpost
• http://realtravel.com/de-30589-davos_platz_real_trips
• http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-city/Switzerland/Davos/tpod.html
• http://www.frommers.com/destinations/davos/2605010031.html
• http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/pb/a8fc6/
• http://wikitravel.org/en/Davos
• http://www.wikinfo.org/index.php/Davos

Images and photos of Davos Platz:

• http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/pb/a8fc6/
Google Search
Travelpost
Travelpost Hotels
• http://realtravel.com/d-30589-davos_platz
davos-platz-ch.com
• http://www.webcamgalore.com/EN/webcam/Switzerland/Davos/428.html
Weblo.com

Videos of Davos Platz (Google Search link)

Skiing in Davos, Switzerland

International Sports Night Davos Switzerland

Snowboarding, Raceboarding in Davos Switzerland

Davos Snowboarding 2




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