St Moritz: 9 Things To Do When It's Not Snow-tastic
You don't need snow to chill.
Everyone knows St. Moritz is the skiing destination celebs and the uber-fancy hit up for some serious winter chillaxing. But did you know that even in summer, when there's no snow, you can do LOADS of chill things in this Swiss paradise?
Because I'm a gentleman adventurer extraordinaire, I decided to grab a bag, pack my woolly hat and head to Switzerland for my own weekend of relaxing.
St. Moritz: What You Need To Know
St. Mortiz is a luxurious AF Alpine village that's full of exclusive 5 star hotels and high-end designer shops. Glaciers, lakes and OMG mountains flank this popular ski resort that sits 1,800 metres above sea level in the Engadin valley in the east of Switzerland.
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From Zurich airport, St. Moritz is a 4 hour train ride. Normally 4 hour train journeys are Hell. Not in Switzerland. OH NO! The route takes you through wild pine forests, little Swiss villages and epic torquoise rivers. This is not Southern Rail. #believe
Where To Stay:
My home for the weekend was the Nira Alpina Hotel in Silvaplana, a 10 minute drive from St. Mortiz station. The super cool boutique lodge is at the foot of the awsome Corvatsch mountain and only a five minute walk from the beautiful blue Lake Silvaplana.
The Nira Alpina screams "Alpine chic", and is very authentic and cosy. It also served the BEST muesli in the world and has surprisingly incredible wi-fi - always a win when you have Instagram pics like this to share.
So there I was, in Switerzland, about to discover 11 cool AF things to do in St. Moritz when there ain't no snow.
Pull on your hiking boots and get the cable car from Pontresina right up to Diavolezza and then walk to Sass Queder and check out the spectacular panaroma right across the Alps. Fill your eyes were some serious views of Piz Palu, Bellavista, Piz Bernina - three HUGE peaks in the Bernina mountain range. Note: somedays are misty... but still - being that high up is cool AF.
If you love cheese (who doesn't?) you will love the 350-year-old Alpine dairy. Hidden in the Pontresina woods, this place is mega popular with the locals who feast on the finest local food. The owner - and world's friendliest man - Hans, let me try his famous heutaler bergkäse cheese (which he leaves for a whole year in his cellar until it's ripe and all kinds of lush).
In the winter, Hans hosts MASSIVE fondue parties. I'm getting a ticket!
St. Moritz has lots of lakes where rich people sail their yachts. But you don't need loads of money to have banter on the water. You can kite surf, wind surf and paddle board in the super clean glacial waters. The perfect way to blow away a Prosecco hangover. I jumped aboard a yacht and took it for a spin. AHOY! I was yanking the jib and tacking like a pro. Until I crashed into a buoy. *tumbleweed*
Swiss food is nom-tastic. And the chef at Nira Alpina is incredible. I smashed his kaspressknödel (traditional fried cheese dumplings) and his apple strudel was pretty phenomenal.
Indulging my gluttony is thirsty work so I washed the gourmet grub down with some locally brewed beer, all named after the Bernina mountain range. Highly recommended.
5. ESCAPING LIFE
For anyone wanting to take a breather from the 9-5 of normal life, having the Alps on your doorstep is the dream. I got all Bear Grylls and went for a 6 hour adventure up Mt. Corvatsch. Warning: make sure you wear proper boots and socks. Flip-flops are not your friends.
6. DO GO CHASING WATERFALLS
Lake Silvaplana is lush and has en epic waterfall. Pretty much a Must Do if you're in the area.
7. MOUNTAIN BIKING
If you love the freedom of two wheels, you will love St. Moritz as it has over 400km of mountain bike trails. I saddled up for a spin around Lake Silvaplana, and peddled off on a trail that takes you along the shoreline and through peaceful pine forests.
Swiss chocolate is the best invention since, well, chocolate. Drop into Läderach, St. Moritz's famous chocolatiers, and brace your jaw, for all the dropping it's going to do at all the choc on offer. WARNING - You can buy some for you family, friends and colleagues, but it may not survive the trip home. #sorrynotsorry
9. ALL THE CAKE
The 'Nut Cake' is one of the region's most infamous delicacies, so we heartily recommend popping into Nira Alpina's in-house bohemian bakery for a slice/loaf. Grab a cappucino, head outside and indulge in both under the warming, fresh rays of the Swiss sun. Stress? What stress?
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Swiss Travel System
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