St. Moritz is an exclusive resort town in the Engadine Valley, Switzerland. It is made up of two areas that are separated by a mile of lake shore; St. Moritz Dorf and St. Moritz Bad. The highest summit in the Eastern Alps, the Piz Bernina (4049m) lies a few kilometres south of the village. The majority of the population speak German, with Italian now as a second language and Portugese third. The Romansch language has of St. Moritz has almost died out.
St. Moritz is considered to be the oldest and one of the most famous winter resorts in the world. Due to its ideal location, the residents enjoy over 300 days of sunshine a year. Every year, this alpine village hosts the “White Turf” horse race on the frozen Lake St. Moritz attended by the international ‘Upper class’.
The Winter Olympic Games were hosted in St. Moritz in 1928 and 1948. Popular winter sports are downhill skiing, alpine cross-country skiing, figure skating, curling, bobsledding, snowboarding and tobogganing on the nearby world famous Cresta Run toboggan course. However there are plenty of sports to try during the summer months too; hiking in the Swiss National Park in the lower Engadine Valley, horse riding, windsurfing at Silvaplana, even white water rafting on the En River. You can also hire a bike and enjoy the scenery at your leisure.
Travelling to St. Moritz by car from Como will take you approximately between 2.5 -4 hours depending on what route you follow and which side of Lake Como you are starting from, not to mention traffic flow. If driving during winter, please ensure that you either have snow tyres or at the very least snow chains, as it is mandatory in Italy to carry snow chains during the winter months. Alternatively you can travel there by train. You can even take an organised day trip from Lake Como, part of which you travel on the Bernina Express Train (normally in summer months). Ensure you have your camera at the ready as this is a spectacular journey along the Swiss railway line that crosses the alps.
Once you arrive in St. Moritz you will find a variety of shops; fashion boutiques, outdoor clothing, cafes and restaurants plus a fantastic bakery in the centre of the town where you can buy delicious ‘zopf’ bread (Swiss braided bread). This is a shiny golden knobbly looking loaf that comes from the alps. The bread has a slightly sweet creamy taste to it and is so good that you don’t even have to spread butter on it!