Sertig, like all of the tributary valleys in Davos, is a typical glacial valley with steps and sills. It is an extremely popular excursion destination - above all due to the remarkable mountains and the waterfall to the rear of the valley. It has therefore also been designated a "special conservation area in Switzerland". In the hamlet of Sertig, 1,861 m above sea level, the chapel "Hinter den Eggen" - constructed in 1699 - is well worth a visit and is highly popular for weddings and baptisms. At the start of August many spectators are drawn to watch the traditional Sertig swing. Refreshments can be enjoyed at the recommended "Hotel Walserhuus Sertig", at the foot of the Mittagshorn, Plattenflue and Hochducan and at the two restaurants "Bergführer" and "Mühle Sertig". Visitors can access the Sertig Valley by car, by post van and even better by horse-drawn carriage.
Today, Monstein still exhibits some of the unmistakable characteristics of a typical Walser village. The village is a small gem studded with timber houses - some of which are still covered with larch tiles - and stores on stilts. A view from Monstein directly into the Albula Valley. The "St. Peter" church was constructed in 1896/97 in the art nouveau style, financed from the profits of timber sales. In spring 2001, the highest beer brewery in Switzerland was opened in Monstein, and the first demonstration brewery in the canton went into production. With the Veltlinerstübli and the Ducan, Monstein boasts two cosy restaurants that serve exceptional cuisine. Monstein can be reached by taking bus line 7 to Glaris station and then changing to line 10.
The Dischma, approx. 12 km in length, is one of the longest of tributary valleys in Davos and an enchanting destination for an excursion. The Dischmabach is fed by a glacier, is icy cold and as clear as glass. Interesting destinations are the Keschhütte, the Grialetschhütte and Restaurant Teufi, which can be reached with ease by horse-drawn carriage.
Schatzalp, 1,861 m above sea level, the so-called Magic Mountain, enraptures in a very special and secret way. Hotel Schatzalp lies 300 metres above Davos in a unique southerly position. The hotel, constructed in the art nouveau style (1898-1900) was initially designed as a luxury sanatorium and was considered the most advanced recuperative facility in the region. Since 1953/54 the Schatzalp sanatorium has been run as the top class Hotel Schatzalp. In the novel "The Magic Mountain" by renowned German author Thomas Mann , readers are privy to the sanatorium that once operated here. In the panoramic restaurant , Schatzalp guests have a fabulous view over Davos and are also able to sample numerous fondue specialities. A short climb (15 minutes) is all that is required to reach the mountain restaurant Strelaalp (1,921 m above sea level). On the sun terrace one enjoys a further stunning view over the whole of Davos. It is possible to reach the Schatzalp with ease and in comfort with the Schatzalp cable car. In winter, returning to Davos is possible via the 2.5 km prepared toboggan run.
Clavadel (1,664 m above sea level) is one of the sunniest spots in the region. In 1903 the Clavadel private sanatorium was opened. Today, this has been transformed into the "Zürcher Höhenklinik Davos", a special clinic for rehabilitation, internal medicine, allergies and skin diseases with an associated sports hotel. Clavadel can be reached from Davos within 5 minutes by car or bus line 8.
Frauenkirch lies between Davos and Filisur, 1,505 m above sea level. On the western slope, just after entering the village of Frauenkirch, stands the church "Zu unseren lieben Frauen" (church of our lady), built in the mid 14th century and bearing a splitting column reputed to have been added in the 16th century as protection against avalanches. Event highlights in Frauenkirch include the Winter Concours in February and the equine sports days of Davos in August,as well as the regular and popular folk music evenings in "Gasthof Landhaus". Starting in Frauenkirch, it is possible to take many beautiful walks along the Landwasser. An example of an extremely beautiful walk runs from Frauenkirch via the Lengmatta to Stafelalp. Once on the Lengmatta, walkers should stop off at the lovely country guest house "Lengmatta", and sample some of the superb specialities here. At the top of Stafelalp (1,894 m above sea level, one of the most famous German artists, E. L. Kirchner , spent the summer months of 1917 and 1918 in residence. Here, at the mountain chalet Stafelalp, guests can enjoy fine, traditional, colourful Swiss dishes today.
Laret lies between Davos and Klosters, 1,507 m above sea level and is a typical Swiss village with chapel. The chapel originates from 1793. It was renovated in 1993 and was fitted with a stained glass window by the Swiss artist Hermann A. Sigg. The Schwarzsee is extremely popular in the summer for bathing, fishing and picnicking. Laret is also the ideal starting point for various walks. Laret can be easily reached within 10 minutes by car or by local bus from Davos on line 1 (included in the guest card. Laret and the surrounding area can also be superbly explored on a horse or mule. Guided trekking tours are on offer for this purpose from the Lusi Ranch.
Glaris (1,457 m above sea level) is a typical Walser settlement with farmhouses doted far apart. A worthwhile sight is the church of St. Nikolaus built in 1350, which was constructed shortly after the Walser first settled here. On the slopes of the Rinerhorn one finds numerous stunning skiing and walking areas, which can be accessed via the 6-seater cable car from the valley station next to Glaris railway station. Beneath the gondolas, a guaranteed snow-covered 3.5 km toboggan run heads from Rinerhorn right into the valley. From Glaris, a brisk hike brings one to the small Walser settlement of Spina (1,587 m above sea level). From this sunny spot one has a fabulous view over the surrounding landscape.
The Landwasser Valley reaches its highest elevation here at 1,631 m above sea level. The top of the pass was formerly referred to as "prop". Wolfgang is an ideal spot from whence to set off on numerous walks. Beautiful paths lead directly to Davos Lake or into the surrounding forests. On the path between the top of the Wolfgang pass and Davos Lake lies the high mountain clinic of Davos. The clinic was opened in 1901 and quickly developed into a significant medical institution. Today it remains renowned as an acute and rehabilitation clinic for the treatment of allergies, illnesses of the respiratory tracts, the lungs, the skin and the eyes.
Schmelzboden is an old mining settlement at 1,340 m above sea level, directly adjacent to Monstein railway station. Since 1978, a former miner's house in Schmelzboden has been home to the mining museum, in which minerals, rock quartz and mining objects are presented. The old mining facilities of the "silver mountain" can be viewed during the summer.
The wildly romantic Zügenschlucht gorge with its many interesting railway structures, marked stony nature trails and the mining museum in Schmelzboden are extremely impressive. Up until 1974, the former canton road and linking route across the landscape of Davos ran through here.
Many houses in the heart of the village still feature the original local architecture: Grisons houses have white lower walls and rich brown wood-panelled upper walls. These houses, together with the campanile church spire, form a highly attractive backdrop. The lush and colourful flowers in the many window boxes are also typical of Saas. The “Aquasana” memorial on Hauptstrasse commemorates a battle, which the people of the Prättigau fought against Austria in 1622.
In summer, the vast and well-maintained bike and hiking network stretches between the valley and Saaseralp – in short, all the way up Madrisa. The famous leisure mountain Madrisa can be easily accessed via the Madrisa cable car from Klosters. Adjacent to the terminus, you will find “Madrisa Land”, an extensive play and adventure area for children and families.
In winter, skiers and snowboarders revel in the snow on Madrisa. And sledgers will also get their money’s worth on the 12 km long toboggan run between Madrisa and Saas. On various hiking trails and snowshoe routes, visitors can experience the beautiful winter wonderland in all its glory.
Five minutes drive from Klosters centre in the direction of Landquart takes one to Serneus village. The closely clustered houses on the alpine pasture are guarded by the white chapel at the entrance to the village. Right down in the Walki, the riverbank runs along a route to the sulphur source in Bad Serneus. It is due to this source that Serneus is found deep in the history of alpine spas. Passing by the free-standing church St. Sebastian we can see the old Prättigau housesin the heart of the village of Serneus, which are adorned with artistically engraved sayings. The construction dates of the sun-kissed timber houses fall almost exclusively between 1742 and 1745. A contrast has existed for a number of years in the form of the imposing Sunniberg bridge by Christian Menn. The Gotschna Restaurant give you a culinary journey of the best from cellar to the kitchen.
Monbiel is the rearmost of all Prättigau's Walser villages that is inhabited all year round. It is always worth a visit. The cosy Restaurant Höhwald and the fabulous view are two highlights of this Klosters area. Monbiel is the starting point for stunning walks in the Silvretta mountains, with numerous accommodation options. Monbiel is also the home and place of work of the artist Christian Bolt.
Purzel the dwarf and his friends on the " Zwergenweg " dwarf path are quickly reached from Aeuja, with the path and all of its secrets proving an excellent experience for young and old alike. In winter, a superb toboggan run heads from Guggerstein - accessed on foot - down into Aeuja. It is not possible to hire toboggans.
In the small Walser hamlet Schlappin, which lies on the border with the Madrisaregions, there is one restaurant: The chalet Erika in both summer and winter, and it also boasts overnight accommodation. The stunning lake and the excellent picnic places invite one to linger. A walk along the pretty wild stream is recommended. Anyone who prefers to arrive by car can acquire a permit from either of the restaurants. The mountain chalet Erika lies directly on the ski run from Madrisa to Klosters village.
Visitors enjoy a beautiful view over Klosters from Selfranga The area can be reached by local bus, car, on foot or by bike. The 9-hole golf course, embedded in an idyllic landscape with a grand view over the majestic mountain peaks, promises golfing experiences at the highest level. In winter, the Selfrangalift is in operation. In addition to the pony lift, the facilities also include a small fun park for snowboarders and a restaurant. In the Teehütte-Selfranga you can enjoy the attractive surroundings on the terrace or in the cosy pub while enjoying delicious specialities.
During the winter, a superb toboggan run heads from Alpenrösli down into the valley. Toboggans can be hired from Restaurant Berghaus Alpenrösli . The mountain chalet Alpenrösli is open in summer and winter and can be reached on foot or by taxi. One of the many beautiful walks heads right past the chalet to Älpeltispitz (2686 m above sea level) with a stunning view towards Klosters.
The Vereina valley is accessible from Klosters heading in the direction of Monbiel by mountain bike, on foot or with the Vereina bus . Up here, at 1943 m above sea level, visitors find many footpaths, a refreshing wild stream with numerous small waterfalls, and of course the Vereina mountain chalet, which offers not only great cuisine but also overnight accommodation. The family business is only open in the summer and is connected by the Vereina bus, which runs according to the timetable and reservation from the Gotschna Sport shop in Klosters.