Appropriately located in the Upper Engadin region at an elevation of 1,856 m, is the scenic and most luxurious winter resort town of the world frequented by many including our very own Bollywood stars — St. Moritz. Surrounded by towering snow-capped Alps, and packed with magnificent hiking trails providing spectacular scenery and fine weather, this beautiful resort town is the perfect blend of glamour, lifestyle, sports and pristine nature. By Amitha Ameen
1. Olympic Bob Run
Enjoy an incomparable adrenaline rush while riding a bobsleigh down The Olympic Bob Run track at St. Moritz-Celerina. Apart from priding itself in being the oldest bobsleigh track in the world, it is also the only bob run that is naturally refrigerated and built from scratch every year. Very recently, Bollywood heartthrob Ranveer Singh enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime, 75-second thrill ride while thundering down the St. Moritz-Celerina bob run on a passenger ride. It is here, where he became a certified speedster.
2. Muottas Muragl
Overlooking the Engadin mountains and the frozen St Moritz Lake, it is definitely one most beautiful vantage point. Sunsets from here are a sight to behold. A funicular railway takes you through the 700-meter scenic climb from Punt Muragl up to Muottas Muragl. Wintertime in the region sees sledgers, snowshoe hikers and winter lovers arriving and turning the region into a winter playground. For delicious food, head to the rustic-styled Panoramic Restaurant Muottas Muragl, which will treat you scenic views along with delicious cuisine. For all the adventure junkies, riding the mother of all Toboggan Runs at the Muottas Muragl is a must-do activity. With 20 rapid curves and a vertical drop of 718 metres, that’s over 4.2 kilometres, that takes you through dense pine forests, it is the fastest toboggan run in all of Switzerland.
3. Cresta Run
One of the most thrilling activities in St. Moritz, the Cresta Run is not for the faint-hearted. The passenger rides solo and goes down in a lying position at an average speed of 60 mph with your face just inches away from the icy surface. Talk about thrilling, right? During the ride everything is blurry, and you can just feel the vibration. But the hard part comes when you are reaching the finish line at 90 km/h and need to stop.
4. Hop aboard the Glacier Express!
Dubbed to be the world’s slowest express train, the Glacier Express from St. Moritz to Zermatt is one of the most scenic train journeys in Switzerland. The biggest highlight of the Glacier Express is its huge panoramic windows that offer unobstructed and breathtaking views of Switzerland’s picturesque landscape. Passing through spectacular bridges and several tunnels, this train journey is an experience in itself. A ride aboard the Glacier Express gets even more luxurious with the Glacier Express’s latest Excellence Class.
5. Lake St. Moritz
In winter the Lake St. Moritz freezes and becomes the town square for the winter. The frozen Lake is an arena for some of the best winter sports including horseracing, polo and cricket on ice. Nothing beats watching spectacular sporting displays on a full-blown ice stadium situated against the stunning backdrop of the snow-capped Alps.
6. Ski experience in St. Moritz
One cannot come to the alps and not indulge in skiing. Skiing in the alps, especially in St. Moritz is an activity that can only be experienced. Imagine gliding down white mountains while enjoying other-worldly scenery. Breathtaking is the word you are looking for!
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