Aerial view of Davos. - (c) Destination Davos Klosters
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Davos has become a rather unique ski resort in that it's now effectively an Alpine city, with all the amenities, hustle and bustle that one would expect from such a large place (well large in relative terms that is, for mountain towns sat at an altitude of over 1500m!).
Having grown into a huge conference resort, with some of Switzerland's leading facilities, Davos has in recent years somewhat lost it's primary tag as a ski resort and instead become almost better known as a host venue for large annual meetings (the most famous of which is the World Economic Forum which brings together the world's leading politicians, business-leaders and intellectuals to discuss how to make the world a better place without successfully achieving much !). It's a shame because along with nearby Klosters, Davos has access to some excellent ski slopes - and they're far more exciting than being sat inside one of the resort's conference halls !
When it comes to town centres, Davos is about as big as it gets in the Alps. It covers a very large area, with lots of conference facilities, lots of shops and amenities, lots of sports areas. And lots of traffic !
Davos is made up of two centres, Davos Platz and Davos Dorf, both of which have their own train stations. They are about 2km apart with plenty of accommodation, bars, cafés, shops, restaurants and offices in between. Davos Platz sits at the western side of the two, and it's the main centre for the primary tourist activities, with it's big-name shops, museums and art galleries, some incredible sports facilities (that put much bigger cities to shame), and plenty of entertainment for the evening with restaurants, nightclubs and bars galore. So if you're looking for a Swiss mountain resort that has fantastic facilities then staying in Davos Platz should definitely be considered. Davos Dorf lies at the eastern end of the valley near to Lake Davos (Davosersee), it's quieter than Davos Platz and doesn't have the same concentration of shops and amenities but it does have the advantage of having the station for the Parsenn funicular.
Despite it's rather large size, and the fact that it's definitely not the chocolate-box styled traditional resort that some people may be after in a visit to Switzerland, Davos still has a spectacular town-centre setting in its own right, with tree-clad slopes rising up from both sides of the valley in which the town lies, revealing snow-clad mountains high above. So whilst the centre of Davos may be busy and large, it can get away with it because of it's fantastic location.
The table below shows train times from the main cities and transport hubs of Switzerland to Davos.
A link to the tourist information site for Davos and any other useful links about the resort.
The live stream of the Davos area is provided courtesy of Feratel Media Technologies AG
Unfortunately, we don't have any active web cameras at the moment for Davos.
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