While headline-grabbers St. Moritz and Davos tend to take the spotlight, Graubunden suggests moving just a bit off the beaten path and vacation like the Swiss—no matter what time of year they travel.
Graubunden is located in southwestern Switzerland, bordering Italy and Austria. It has a rich history that dates back to Roman times, and today offers visitors an abundance of natural beauty and cultural attractions.
Here are 3 are to add to your itinerary.
Winter here is a Christmas market in the historic village center, bobsledding down the world’s only natural and oldest bobsleigh track in the world, the St. Moritz-Celerina Olympia bob Run, then slowing down time for a snowshoe trek on the Staz Forest Trail. Summer is about a horse-drawn carriage ride to Lake Staz, returning to the Staz Forest for a sensory barefoot hike through fragrant meadows, and savoring a gastronomic walking tour through town.
Where to Stay?
Built in 1906, the Cresta Palace elegantly walks that fine line between history and modernity, incorporating the best of both worlds. Luxury comes in the form of treatment rituals and Swiss-quality medical wellness at the superb Vita Pura Spa, beautifully appointed classic rooms or sleek renovated accommodations, and impeccable white-glove service. Direct access to the Corviglia cable car is an added plus.
Winter is all about traditional sports, yes, but punctuated by the unexpected: filming your ride though the halfpipe at the world’s largest halfpipe and Europe’s largest snow park, Foxtrail scavenger hunts, and culinary trails await your readers. If they choose summer, talk to them about the longest treetop walkway on earth or swimming in Lake Cauma, a balmy 75-degree temp turquoise gem surrounded by tall forest.
Where to Stay?
Located directly at the LAAX valley station for maximum mountain accessibility year-round, signinahotel revolves around well-being in all its forms. Its signature signinawellness program features a hydro-circuit pool, massage therapy, gym, and a sauna area with five distinct offerings for body and soul.
The chic rocksresort—also right on the LAAX lift station—gives travelers a different view of the alpine lifestyle. Offering double rooms and modern apartments, it’s the place to be for singles, couples, or families.
Winter means 225 snow-safe slopes and record-breaking sunny days at the Arosa Lenzerheide Ski Area. Summer brings outdoor concerts, hiking to the ruins of medieval Belfort Castle and the Sanaspans Waterfall, or ride the famed longest toboggan run in Switzerland, listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Where to Stay?
The 126-room Valbella Resort—comprised of three separate buildings—is fresh from an extensive renovation inside and out that not only drastically reduced its ecological footprint, but also included upgrades of all rooms in the Tgiasa Principala main building, an expansion of the Capricorn restaurant, and the addition of an organic swimming pond, among other improvements.
A pioneer in sustainability and community outreach, Hotel Schweizerhof is also known for being the home of the Green Michelin Star restaurant, Scalottas Terroir, where Chef Hansjörg Ladurner works exclusively with regional produce. Its 75 stylish rooms, art-filled common areas, and newly redesigned BergSpa will impress the most discerning of travelers.