Famed as a prestigious meeting place for the intellectual élite, Davos and neighbouring Kloster boast some of the finest culture, gastronomy and sport in the Alps.
Renowned above all as a global conference centre and meeting point for the international élite, each year in January the wealthiest and most influential economists, politicians, financers and scientists gather in Davos.
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World Conference Centre & Sophisticated Culture and Sport
There is an extensive array of sophisticated cultural and sporting activities in Davos in which to immerse yourself. As the highest city in Europe, Davos Klosters boasts a vast expanse of high-altitude slopes, which provide some of the best skiing terrain in the Alps. There are seven distinct ski areas in the instant vicinity of the region, and with 320 kilometres of guaranteed snow-covered pistes to explore, snow sports enthusiasts of all abilities will be spoilt for choice.
One of Davos’ most acclaimed cultural attractions is the Kirchner Museum, a classical modern art museum dedicated to graphic artist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, a prominent pioneer of German expressionist painting. Other representatives of contemporary art are presented alongside the work of Kirchner in special exhibitions, and the innovative modern museum building itself was designed by Zurich architects Annette Gigon and Mike Guyer and is highly esteemed in international architectural circles.
Shopping in Davos offers an exclusive selection of luxury international designer brands and elaborate Swiss watches, jewellery and culinary delicacies. Burcherer is a world-renowned leader of the Swiss watch and jewellery retail sector and its outstanding range of precious products embody the highest level of quality. Located on Davos’ stylish Promenade, Burcherer is a family-run business that was founded by Carl-Friedrich Bucherer in 1888, and connoisseurs of fine jewellery and watches will be captivated by the exquisite details of the handcrafted masterpieces available to browse and buy.
Renowned above all as a global conference centre and meeting point for the international élite, each year in January the wealthiest and most influential economists, politicians, financers and scientists gather in Davos. Davos is best known for the outstanding international profile of its modern conference centre, which elevates the city as the clear leader in the global meeting market. Davos’ roots as a congress city date back to the nineteenth century, yet it first rose to global prominence in the 1920s, when doctors in Davos held the first international congress in 1923 and Albert Einstein opened the first university course in 1928.
With its high-altitude location, the history of Davos as a health resort began when it became a base for eminent German doctor Alexander Spengler in the 1860s. The restorative effects of Davos’ profusion of clean air and sunshine were deemed excellent by doctors and thus Davos emerged as an internationally renowned destination for superior wellbeing. Davos has attracted wealthy international guests, writers and artists since the late nineteenth century. The town first became well known for snow sports after prolific author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle moved to Davos and introduced and popularised recreational skiing in Switzerland. Celebrated German author Thomas Mann also put Davos on the map when he wrote his world-famous novel ‘The Magic Mountain’ published in 1924, which was inspired by his own stay in Davos.
The Party Centre of the Alps
Famed as the party centre of the Alps, the cosmopolitan towns of Davos and Kloster offer a diverse range of nightlife. Opened as the first snowboard hotel in Europe in 1993, Bolgenschanze Bar quickly became known as a cult bar for unique parties and live music events. Entertaining energetic crowds all year round, Bolgenschanze is the perfect place for freestyle fun.
Casa Antica in Kloster has hosted parties for generations of guests since 1959 and remains an illustrious nightspot for famous international guests and royals. Exuding a rustic ambience, at weekends Casa Antica hosts eminent DJs who bring the dance floor to life in ultimate style.
A Celebration of Diverse International Cuisine
As a global meeting point, Davos encompasses a wealth of exceptional restaurants, celebrating diverse international cuisine as well as traditional Grisons gastronomy. The Chesa Grischuna Restaurant is renowned for serving superlative dishes of the finest quality using the freshest ingredients to offer its guests the best choice of international cuisine. For after dinner relaxation, the beautiful piano bar provides an intimate atmosphere with a fabulous choice of cocktails.
Encompassing a grand setting of candelabras and serenading musicians, the Pöstli Restaurant is justly described as the ‘grand dame’ of restaurants in Davos. Specialising in cuisine inspired by a range of European culinary influences, Pöstli is characterised by a rich ambience and flavourful gastronomy.
The Romeo & Julia - Trattoria is a welcoming, authentic restaurant located in the Steigenberger Grandhotel Belvédère. Here, guests can enjoy fine Italian cuisine in a traditional, romantic setting.
A Reputation for Excellence
Re-opening in winter 2013/14 after major renovation, the stylish and legendary Steigenberger Grandhotel Belvédère is a grand hotel combining traditional charm with exclusive modern comfort. Health and well-being are the main priorities of this hotel, and with a panoramic mountain view from the windows of almost all the rooms and suits, the fresh mountain air is truly invigorating. Located centrally in ‘Davos-Platz’ and with exceptional conference facilities for delegates, the Steigenberger Grandhotel Belvédère is ideal for business and relaxation.