St. Moritz is known for its glamour, glitter, champagne, parties, expensive shops, luxury cars, elegant hotels and villas. It is true, that for a short time in winter, this is the face of St. Moritz. But the year has twelve months and up here in summer, St. Moritz shows another face. During these months, the location becomes more modest, simple and natural. Many visitors come to the Engadin valley because it is such a stunning hiking area. In the large valley, along the lake, there are wonderful hiking trails, and in between always the possibility for a break in a rustic restaurant. Slowly rising footpaths lead into the side valleys like the Val Fex or Val Roseg, where guests can also take a horse-omnibus to get closer to the glaciers. Fit and athletic people can climb up to mountains of high altitude (13'284ft) like the Piz Bernina. The mountain cable cars and funicular railways, which bring winter skiers to the top of Corvatsch, Piz Nair, Muottas Muragl and Diavolezza, allow more relaxed tourists a view down on St. Moritz, or in the last case, a spectacular view of Piz Palü. For younger people in the last few years there are a number of specially constructed mountain bike routes.
Which sport can you do in summer in St. Moritz? Sailing, surfing, rowing, river rafting, fishing, biking, mountain biking, hiking, Nordic walking, glacier hiking, climbing, paragliding, swimming, yoga, horseback riding, motor biking, tennis, squash, golf, mini golf, soccer, volley ball, ice skating, jogging, athletic sports, and even English cricket. There are definitely some other sports to do, but your holiday will not be long enough to do everything. The Engadin always was an attraction for writers and artists. Well-known names
including Nietzsche, Hesse, Schnitzler, Chabrol, Proust, Segantini, Giacometti and others have lived in the valley. Accordingly a lot of cultural events take place every year such as the Jazz Festival and the Art Masters. Often nature provides natural platform for concerts, but the halls of the big hotels and clubs are ideal for intimate performances from famous musicians from all over the world.
Many travelers undertake the seven hours journey with the Glacier Express from Zermatt to St. Moritz. It is a day trip through untouched landscapes, sophisticated resorts, deep crevices, mellow valleys, 91 tunnels and over 291 impressive bridges. Another slow Express train is the Bernina Express which connects cultures and languages. The scenic drive leads you in two hours through a UNESCO world heritage site from St. Moritz (Switzerland) to Tirano (Italy).