The Swiss Alps has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember, and if you follow me on Instagram you will know that I recently got to tick it off (yayyy) by travelling to the luxury alpine town of St Moritz.
Whilst Dave and I were island hopping in Thailand, I was offered an exciting opportunity with The Blogger Programme to travel to St Mortiz with a few other bloggers. Although I have visited other ski resorts and cold locations around the world (like Swedish Lapland where I witnessed the most magical scenery I had ever seen, or Northern Norway where the Northern Lights literally blew my mind) I had never experienced Switzerland.
Known as the most expensive ski resort in the world and for being the place where all socialites, fur-clad celebs and royals flock for their winter holidays, St Moritz is also home to some stunning landscapes and tonnes of things to do…naturally, I was excited to see what all the fuss was about. So, of course, a couple of weeks later I found myself back on a plane, destination: St Moritz, for a few days of incredible, endless vistas, delicious food and a jam packed itinerary showcasing exactly what St Moritz has to offer.
We stayed at Nira Alpina hotel, a stunning ski-in ski-out hotel that is perfectly nestled in the heart of the Swiss mountains. It was beyond amazing and had everything we needed and more; the food was exquisite and the staff welcomed us like old friends.
The hotel had huge tasteful rooms (with mountain views) a chic rooftop bar (with mountain views), and an indoor Jacuzzi and spa (with mountain views). You get what I’m saying about the views? <3 We spent our time exploring the town, relaxing in the spa and chilling in our gorgeous Cosa Bella pyjamas.
Skiing and snowboarding is one of the main reasons people travel to this beautiful part of the world, but what if you’re just not that into skiing? Never Fear! There are plenty of cool activities and imaginative things to do in St Moritz…
15 THINGS TO DO IN ST MORITZ (OTHER THAN SKI)
1. TAKE THE TRAIN
Although the train takes a little longer than car transfers (4 hours on the train v 3 hours in the car), the views just cannot compare. Gliding through crisp white snowy wonderland, soaring bridges and extraordinary glaciers on a train that is 80% windows is the best way to start any trip. In my opinion one of THE BEST things to do in St Moritz…
2. TRY SNOW YOGA
If you’re already a yoga fan (and even if you’re not) snow yoga N E E D S to be added to your bucket list. Suvretta Sports features an afternoon of downwards dog and never-ending vistas 2500 metres above sea level. I’m not a huge fan of yoga in London (read: I’m really, really awful at yoga) but there was something about the silence at the peak of the mountain that won me over. Be prepared to feel totally zen <3
3. EXPLORE THE VILLAGE
If you’re at a loose end and looking for simple, relaxing things to do in St Moritz, spend a morning wandering around the glorious village – learn about the historic architecture, admire St Moritz’ answer to the leaning tower of Pisa, peruse the luxurious shops and marvel at the breath-taking views between the pretty buildings.
4. GO CAVIAR TASTING
Whether you’re already a caviar fan, or whether you fancy a peak into the lives of the rich and famous, Glattfelder features an amazing caviar tasting afternoon that definitely won’t disappoint. Nestled in the heart of St Moritz, this third-generation family run business serves up caviar with a choice of boiled potato and sour cream, blini and sour cream or toast and butter – and of course to live like the rich and famous you have to accompany your caviar with a flute of champagne!
Nina at Glattfelder really knows her stuff, and as well as it being a cool, exciting experience, guests also leave knowing everything you need to know about Caviar (to the detailed farming and production process, to the places around the world Nina visits herself to make sure the caviar is perfect).
5. GET YOUR SKATES ON
One of the coolest things to do in St Moritz (literally). Hire skates from the pop-up rentals on the frozen lake and spend an afternoon ice skating, drinking warm gluvine and watching fish swim beneath your feet (where else can you do this?!). Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, head there at night time with only a head torch (and a reeeeallly big jacket) in hand.
6. GO TOBOGGANING
Arguably one of the most exciting things to do in St Moritz is the toboggan run on Muottas Muragl. It runs for 4.5 km and passes through a gradual height of over 700 METRES (!) meaning the speed and the hairpin bends easily promises an afternoon of unforgettable thrills.
7. RELAX IN THE SPA
Kick back and relax after a day in the cold in one of St Moritz’ many gorgeous spas – check out the incredible indoor jacuzzi at Nira Alpina below… <3 VIEWS!
8.EAT A CHEESE FONDUE
Dinner time is an experience in itself in St Moritz – you cannot visit this Swiss town and not enjoy a traditional cheese fondue. Melted cheese + bread…need I say more?
9.SOAR LIKE A BIRD
Feeling brave? Why walk up/toboggan down/do yoga on the mountains when you can soar between the mountains with a hang glider OR paraglider? Or both! Book it in advance with Air Taxi Moritz (the daredevil in you will thank me later) 😉
10. GIN / WHISKEY TASTING
If whiskey or gin is your thing, Nira Alpina features a tasting experience in the rooftop bar of their hotel, complete with knowledgable staff, gorgeous views of the Swiss mountains and most importantly free popcorn!
11. BE NOSEY
Nowhere does luxury quite like St Moritz, so what better way to spend a morning than snooping around the glamorous Swiss hotels – try Kulm Hotel for a grand entrance, glitzy chandeliers and moving paintings.
12. GO ON A SNOWSHOE HIKE
To enjoy the endless views from the top of the mountains in complete stillness, give snowshoeing a try. If you’re wondering what on earth this means, lemme tell you…snowshoes are essentially large paddles strapped to the bottom of your boots that enable you to walk across the top of deep DEEP snow without falling through. Fact.
13. WATCH THE HORSE RACING
If you’re planning to visit in February, make sure to check out the annual horse racing event that takes place on the frozen lake in St Moritz. Live music, exciting atmosphere, art exhibitions and delicious Swiss food, all with the perfect backdrop of stunning snow-capped mountains and winter sunshine…perfection! Also…horses + a frozen lake = not something you see every day. A MUST!
14. BOB SLEIGHING
If you’ve seen cool runnings and fancy yourself as a bit of a Derice, try the 4 man bob sleigh down St Moritz’s own ice track. One of the coolest things to do in St Moritz, it has speeds of 80 mph meaning you can’t NOT enjoy this – and as their website says, ‘fun factor: maximum.’
15. ATTEMPT SNOW KITING
Now this is a different one that I didn’t even know existed! Apparently you can glide across snow or ice on skis whilst being pulled by a gigantic colourful kite. Skiing but with a difference. 🙂
Have you been to St Moritz? Is it on your bucket list?