Davos & Klosters

Although they are sister resorts sharing the same skiing terrain, Klosters and Davos are proverbial apples and oranges. The former is a quaint farming village surrounded by mountains where little has changed over the past centuries: cows still pasture in summer and firewood is neatly stacked in winter. In recent decades, Klosters has attained a level of 21st century sophistication: its pastoral natural beauty attracts some of the world’s literati and remaining royalty. Davos is the more modern mountain resort and late each January it becomes the economic and political hub of our 21st century universe when the World Economic Forum brings many of the global glitterati to this small mountain city for everything but skiing!

Their loss – for this huge arena’s skiing is winter’s cause célèbre, raison d’être. All seven mountains on the REGA ski pass are reached by shuttle bus, train or lift. From Madrisa in Klosters Dorf, intermediates can ski to Austria. The more inexperienced can practice their lessons on Klosters extensive novice slopes. One can take the new six-passenger hi-speed chair to Jacobshorn or the new bigger Weissfluhjoch cable car to their snowboarding areas. Double-diamond enthusiasts can hop the enlarged Gotschna cable car to the Parsenn, Weissfluhjoch and Wolfgang for some of Europe’s most challenging terrain. Everyone can do Europe’s longest run the 14 miles down to Kublis; even those January intelligentsia with more worldly affairs on their minds!

  • Davos Klosters.
  • Aerial view of Davos Klosters.
  • Train at Davos Klosters.

Gateway City: Zürich
Transfer Time: 2.5 hours
Via: 1st & 2nd Class Rail


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  • A Best of the Alps Resort
  • Chic Shopping
  • Casino
  • English Spoken
  • Expensive
  • Family Resort
  • Fine Food
  • Fly Luggage
  • Glacier Express
  • Haute Route
  • High Season Lines
  • Long Season
  • Lots to do
  • No Cars
  • Olympic Resort
  • Party Town
  • Skier's Resort
  • Summer Skiing
  • Very Scenic
  • World Cup Races
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Hotels in Davos & Klosters


This 100-year old hotel has such a great story.  It was owned for many years locally, frequented by the young Prince Charles and the bar was the place to be.  Years passed and three young locals got the deal of their life.  Andri Fasser, Cedric Muller and ‘Hitsch’ Florian, all close friends since their Klosters school days, had the dream of running a hotel together.  Somehow good fortune came their way and in December 2013 opened their Wynegg.  The rooms are newly restored by their hard work, along with several family members, and some are simply done.  Adri’s the trained chef.  Cedric and ‘Hitsch’ oversee the lovely dining rooms and keep the guests happy.  With three young guys in charge, they keep a watchful eye but you can bet all’s pretty casual and relaxed.

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  • Exterior of Hotel Edelweiss in Davos.
  • Lounge in Hotel Edelweiss in Davos.
  • Sauna in Hotel Edelweiss in Davos.
  • Loft Suite in Hotel Edelweiss in Davos.
  • Junior Suite in Hotel Edelweiss in Davos.


  • Superior

The Edelweiss harks back to 1912 when Davos’ sanatoria cared for those needing its clear mountain air. Transformations followed, including as a home in the 50s for Benedictine nuns. Today the 35 room hotel mixes turn-of-the-last century art nouveau with 21st century needs to cure the mind and comfort the soul. Each room has a different decor to calm the mind. The hotel is run by Arabelle and Tom Umiker, the second generation of hoteliers.  Rooms range from standard to a deluxe suite with fireplace so all pocketbooks can be accommodated. It’s 250 yards from a bus stop, has a library for fireside reading, sauna, free wifi, and three Swiss cows. Yes, that’s right. It’s their third year of cheese making and guests can even visit the cows in their own Edelweiss habitat –  no wonder it’s Trip Advisor’s #2 in Davos!

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  • Superior

The Von Gemmingen’s historic and elegant hotel also dates from the sanatoria era and is where Thomas Mann wrote his famous ‘Magic Mountain’.  It sits high on a hillside overlooking town and surrounding snowcappd mountains.  Today Maria and Bardyl Coli greet guests with the services of a five star hotel.  The interiors were totally redone three years ago; a welcoming lobby, 46 south-facing bedrooms and suites are decorated with warm modern mountain-style furnishings, blond maple flooring and junior suites have personal saunas.  There are two restaurants (one named for Mann), free wifi, a large salt water infinity pool, and extensive spa facilities.  To top it off, there’s shuttle service to the ski areas – so little wonder it’s Davos’ #1 in Trip Advisor!

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