Holidays in St Moritz
This Swiss lakeside resort offers history, culture, winter sports and abundant beauty
The modern resort of St Moritz in eastern Switzerland's Engadine Valley is justifiably world-renowned as a prestigious destination for skiers and snow sports enthusiasts. Occupying a spectacular location in the eastern Swiss Alps there is more to St Moritz for visitors, however, than proximity to the pistes alone.
The existence of the town, dedicated to Saint Maurice, can be traced back to the late eleventh century. The discovery of therapeutic hot water springs in the region, first mentioned in fifteenth century writings, saw St Moritz rise to popularity as a summer spa resort and it was not until 1864 century that an entrepreneurial hotelier in the town invited four summer guests to return in the winter months promising to pay for their travel and lodgings if they did not find St Moritz as agreeable in winter as it was in summer. Within two decades of this event, the town had gained widespread recognition as a winter holiday destination, hosting Switzerland's first Alpine curling and golf tournaments, and ice-skating championships in the 1880s.
Since then St Moritz hasn't looked back. Today, visitors will find a resort that combines fine historic architecture, some of it medieval, with modern and glamourous shopping streets, museums, galleries and other attractions and an abundance of natural beauty thanks to the town's lakeside setting surrounded by snow-capped mountains.