Information & Facts
If you can do it on the snow or ice, you can do it in Davos,
particularly skiing of course, from beginners to advanced, with
some notorious off-piste adventures thrown in. Davos is also one of
Europe's most popular snowboarding venues. There are several
funparks for boarders, particularly at Jakobshorn. Tobogganing,
sledding, sleigh rides and skating events on the largest open-air
ice rink in Europe are also popular holiday pastimes. Some
worthwhile excursions are a trip through the high Alps to the
famous spa of Scoul, or visit St Moritz (90 minutes away).
Snowmobiling, snow-shoeing, ice-climbing, hang-gliding and
paragliding are on offer, as are numerous indoor sports like
tennis, golf and squash, and there is an indoor pool.
The three official languages are Swiss German, French and
Italian. A few people speak Romansch, but this is confined to the
southeastern corner of the country. Most people know at least three
languages, including English.
The official currency is the Swiss franc (CHF) divided into 100
rappen (German) or centimes (French). Although not part of the EU
many prices are nonetheless indicated in Euros and some merchants
may accept Euros. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are widely
accepted and ATMs are widespread; many are equipped with the Cirrus
or Maestro system. Banks offer the best exchange rates for
travellers cheques and foreign currency, but it is also possible to
exchange money at major hotels, main train stations and airports.
Banks are open Monday to Friday.
The slopes in Davos are better suited to beginners and
intermediates. Advances skiers looking for some excitement on the
slopes should best head elsewhere.
Most visitors on a Davos holiday turn in fairly early to ensure
an early morning on the ski slopes, but those who want to burn the
midnight oil won't be disappointed. There are close on 20 discos
and nightclubs in the area offering live entertainment and dancing,
and a casino in the Hotel Europa, but the focus of the bright
lights is on the Davos Platz. The all-night Express Bar heats up
after 3am and closes at 7am. There are also several late-night pubs
and bars, some with pool tables. Young snowboarders tend to
congregate at the bars at the foot of Jakobshorn.
There are scores of restaurants in the greater Davos/Klosters
area offering a vast selection to suit every taste and pocket. When
it comes to haute cuisine the best are located in the major hotels,
but for cosy après ski evenings use the funiculars and cableways
and head for a mountain restaurant to sample homegrown local
delights. Around the Davos Platz there is an international
selection including Italian, American, Mexican, Indian, Chinese and
Thai at reasonable prices. Of course the Swiss are best known for
the fondue, which is on offer everywhere but particularly
recommended at the Bistro Gentiana. The more upmarket restaurants
require advance booking, and many Davos establishments close their
kitchens early, around 10pm.
Being a 'mega-resort' in comparison to the usual village-centred
ski destinations in the Alps, a Davos holiday also offers mega
shopping opportunities, with more than 100 shops, art galleries and
boutiques ready and waiting to swipe eager visitors' credit cards
in exchange for a plethora of goods, from tinkling cow bells to
designer label clothing. It takes hours to explore all the shops
clustered mainly along the two main streets around the Davos
Local time in Switzerland is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between March and