The resort of Davos, located high up in the Landwasser Valley, is unlike most other Swiss ski resorts. For whilst the vast majority of our other resort guides talk of villages, be it traditionally-styled, modern or sometimes even purpose-built, but still essentially villages, Davos just simply can't be classed in such a way. Because Davos is no village... it's an alpine city !
Yes, at 1560m Davos is officially the highest city in Europe, and this status comes from years of expansion and development, not just as a centre for snow-sports but as a global conference centre and international venue. It's now almost as well known as the annual venue for the World Economic Forum as it is as a skiing destination. It's a shame, because the lack of character in some of it's identi-kit office-block buildings detracts somewhat from the superb range of skiing on offer for intermediate-level skiers upwards. Skiers and boarders who want to access these fantastic slopes but fancy a more traditional alpine feel should maybe look at neighbouring Klosters, although you will spend more time getting to the slopes than if you stay at Davos. But for those wanting a big-town feel, with an almost unmatchable array of top-class hotels, restaurants and shops, then Davos could be the resort for you.
A list of webcams for Davos and the surrounding area.
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There's no summer skiing at Davos unfortunately. You'd need to hot foot it over the Italian border to Passo Stelvio if you were desperate.
Davos is in the east of Switzerland, making Zurich the best option amongst the Swiss airports. Friedrichshafen is southern Germany is another option, with both airports just over 150km away from Davos, which is just over 2 hours by road.
Davos is more of a working town rather than a ski resort, and some people even lay claim that it's the highest 'city' in Europe (in reality it's a town, not a city).
What Davos lacks in the traditional cosy ski-resort feel that many skiers and snowboarders may be looking for it makes up for in facilities, with an abundance of shops, sporting facilities and other amenities.
The town is made up of two different centres - Davos Dorf and Davos Platz. Davos Dorf is the quieter of the two areas, whilst Davos Platz has a great choice of bars, shops, restaurants, nightclubs etc.
Despite the larger feel of Davos compared to other ski resorts, it's still got a fantastic setting, sat in the valley bottom with mountains rising high above from both sides.
Each January Davos makes the global news reels as it welcomes leaders from around the world for its annual World Economic Forum. This basically seems to result each year in the news that the leading nations have agreed "in principle" on a deal for climate change, despite no-one then seeming to do anything about in for the next 12 months until they meet again back in Davos.
Annual Events in this and neighbouring resorts...
If you want some further information on Davos, then you might find these links to other sites useful...
Davos hotels and chalets.