Information & Facts
Anything imaginable that can be done on or in snow and ice is
available on a St Moritz holiday, whether it be the legendary
Cresta Run, bob-sledding, ice-skating, curling or kite-sailing. Of
course the main holiday attractions are skiing and snowboarding,
with more 217 miles (350km) of snow-covered runs. All ski slopes
are serviced with restaurants, ski huts and snow bars ensuring that
après-ski is just as much fun as the physical thrills.
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.
St Moritz contains some hideous block buildings and lacks the
classic Swiss 'chocolate box' charm, especially during the summer.
There are no proper beginner slopes at resort level and there are
very few blue (easy) runs in the area. Spread over several unlinked
mountains, the ski terrain is vast and transport is needed between
most areas. The holiday resort is exclusive and very pricey.
A refined new casino is the latest addition to St Moritz'
renowned nightlife and entertainment scene, which encompasses close
on 30 other nightspots ranging from hot nightclubs to cosy hotel
bars, and discos to demure cigar bars. Bobby's Pub is a poopular
English-style bar, and the posh Badrutt's Palace Hotel offers a
disco for those bent on dancing.
In line with its promotional tag as being 'on top of the world'
St Moritz does not lack for gourmet fare. A variety of delicious
international cuisine is on offer in elegant formal restaurants,
romantic rustic rendezvous, chic cafés and snow bars. Even the
several pizzerias here are elegant, wood-panelled edifices with
upholstered chairs where the traditional base and toppings become a
work of gastronomic art. Elegant fare can be had at popular
eateries like Jöhri's Talvo and La Marmite.
With its reputation for style and elegance, St Moritz inevitably
draws the elite of the world to its winter sports season and caters
for them in its shops as well. Hundreds of designer boutiques are
crammed into the resort leaving shoppers on a St Moritz holiday
overwhelmed by the number of choices representing international
brands and trends. Even the less well-heeled can indulge in
pleasure simply by window-shopping.
Local time in Switzerland is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between March and