St Moritz Flights:
Flights to St Moritz
Situated in the Engadine Valley in the east of Switzerland is the popular resort town of St Moritz, which has been attracting winter visitors since 1894.
The Samedan Airport (airport code: SMV) near the town is no longer servicing commercial flights to St Moritz. There aren’t many other airports in the area due to the mountains, so it would likely be the easiest to fly to Zurich and take the train to St. Moritz. It’s about a 4 hour trip. To Zurich, both Swiss Air and South African Airways offer non-stop flights from South Africa. Other choices would be with BMI for a stop in London, or Lufthansa for a transfer in Munich.
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The Tourist Attractions of St Moritz:
Considered to be the oldest skiing resort in the world, St Moritz is also one of the most famous and has always has a reputation for attracting the rich and famous with its chic and luxurious atmosphere. St Moritz is no longer just a winter resort destination though, and tourists have come to discover just how much the area has to offer in the summer too.
But first the winter attractions of St Moritz: There is of course plenty of skiing in the area, highlighted by the fact that St Moritz has played host to the Alpine Skiing World Championships three times, and the Winter Olympics twice, so you’ll never be short of ski runs! The 8 kilometre slope on Piz Corvatsch is very popular and make sure you look out for its ice cave.
Tobogganing and bobsled can also be tried out here in St Moritz as there’s the Cresta Run toboggan course, and the naturally formed bobsled run, plus of course you can go off piste and enjoy cross country skiing too.
Two quite different things that happen on the frozen Lake St Moritz every year attract more of the upper classes – these are the White Turf horse race and the Cartier Polo World Cup.
St Moritz started life as a winter destination but being located amid such beautiful surrounds there as no reason why it couldn’t be popular during the summer too. It’s a wonderful place to enjoy hiking, whether it’s across the mountains or around the shores of Lake St Moritz. The great thing about enjoying the outdoors in St Moritz is the weather – this is a very sunny location which has on average over 300 days of sunshine per year.
Whether you’re visiting in the summer or the winter you can pop into the town’s Segantini Museum. Listed as a Swiss heritage site of national importance the museum is dedicated to the life of Giovanni Segantini, a famous painter who lived the last 5 years of his life here.
When Should You Visit?:
Both summer and winter is a great time to visit St Moritz, depending on what it is you want to do. Summer temperatures are mild – reaching an average high of 18.4C in July, though summer is unfortunately the wettest time of year. During the winter it’s obviously quite cool – the average high in January is only -2.2C, and the average low -18C.