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St. Moritz, SwitzerlandSt. Moritz, Switzerland
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St. Moritz is a small resort town in the Engadine valley, in Maloja district, Graubünden canton, in southeastern Switzerland. Located at an average elevation of 1,822 m (5,978 ft), St. Moritz covers 180 sq km (467 sq mi) and has a population of about 5,200 (2011 estimate). The town is just a few kilometers north of the 4,049 m (13,284 ft) Piz Bernina, the tallest peak in the Eastern Alps.

Winter evening in St. MoritzWinter evening in St. Moritz
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Although the earliest mention of St. Moritz surfaced in 1137, the area has been inhabited since Celtic times, as evidenced by the discovery of Celtic artifacts. It was just a small Swiss hamlet until the mid 19th century, when a local hoteler, Johannes Badrutt, dared four British summer guests to come back to enjoy St Moritz in winter, and if they do not like it then, he would pay for their journey from London and back. And if they did, they could stay for as long as they want. And so St Moritz the winter resort was born, and it also ushered the dawn of winter tourism for the Alps.

Winter sports in St. Moritz include skiing, snowboarding and hking. The town also plays host to a number of international winter sporting event.

St. Moritz in summerSt. Moritz in summer
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Visiting St. Moritz

If you arrive in Zürich, take the SBB (Schweizerische Bundesbahnen, Swiss Federal Railways) train to Chur, then change to the Rhaetian Railway train to St. Moritz.

Sights & Attractions in St. Moritz

  1. Giovanni-Segantini Museum
    Museum showcasing the works of the Symbolist painter, who spent his final years in the Upper Engadine.
  2. Museum Engiadinais
    Museum celebrating life in the Engadine valley.

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