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Welcome to Klosters


Situated about six miles (10km) from the busy Swiss ski resort of Davos Dorf, in the heart of the Graubunden region south-east of Zurich, the small, traditional and quiet village of Klosters shares the expansive Parsenn ski area with the larger resort, but offers a more exclusive and romantic holiday setting.

Klosters, its two pretty neighbourhoods filled with picturesque chalets, also has its own ski area, the Madrisa, ensuring the resort offers skiing for all abilities in a discreetly charming Alpine setting, away from the madding crowd of the tourist mass market. Exclusivity is expensive, however, and therefore this holiday resort is regarded as upmarket. For this reason, Klosters has become known as the holiday haunt of the rich and famous, and is particularly favoured by the British Royal family, especially Prince Charles, as a winter sports getaway with first-class off-piste skiing.

Information & Facts


Apart from skiing and snowboarding, and their attendant activities like cross-country events and night trails, a winter holiday in Klosters is full of fun activities for all ages. There are dozens of miles of winter hiking trails, seven toboggan runs, ice hockey and figure skating lessons, organised snow-shoe treks, curling rinks and horse-drawn sleigh rides through snowy landscapes. Most of the larger hotels in the area offer indoor swimming pools and spa treatments. In nearby Davos, reached by bus or train in a few minutes, there is indoor golf, tennis and squash, and a large casino.

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.


Klosters is considered to be rather swanky and quite is expensive.


Après-ski on a Klosters holiday is merry but low-key. As the skiers and snowboarders come down from the slopes they gather at the Schwendis(mountain chalet bars) or a few favourite spots like Gaudi's for a warming glass of beer or schnapps. Cocktails and before-dinner drinks are sipped in hotel bars. The Piano Bar at Chesa Grischuna is the most stylish. The late-night disco/club in Klosters is the Casa Antica, with a disco on the ground floor, and classy cocktail bars on the two upper floors.


For its size the little village of Klosters has an abundance of restaurants, both on and off-snow, some of them among the best in Europe. The atmospheric Chesa Grischuna, for example, has been an institution in the town since 1938, its history as enthralling as the quality of its cuisine. Another holiday dining treat is the Walserhof Hotel's Michelin-starred restaurant, where famed Swiss chef Beat Bolliger conjures up imaginative delights using mainly local produce.

Other excellent hotel restaurants open to non-residents in Klosters are The Alpina and Alte Post. Booking is essential at most restaurants, and expect to pay a high price for high quality. For delicious pizzas try Al Berto. Klosters is also famed for its wonderful mountain eating houses, known as Schwendis, which are rustic timber Alpine huts, most with terraces to take advantage of sunny days.


The holiday resort of Klosters is permeated with small speciality stores, with sports outlets predominating although there are some exclusive art and crafts galleries. Those who want to become really involved in a shopping expedition prefer to take the short trip to neighbouring Davos, a typical 'mega-resort' with more than 100 stores, art galleries and boutiques selling all manner of goods from souvenir cow bells to designer clothing. The shops in Davos are centred along the two main streets around the Davos Platz.

Local time in Switzerland is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between March and October).
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