The two municipalities Küblis (814 m above sea level) and Saas (1000 m above sea level) are located in the Prättigau Valley, just before you reach the world-famous holiday destination Davos Klosters. Opened in 2011, a bypass with tunnels and bridges saves Saas – “the sunshine village” – from the heavy traffic heading for Davos / Klosters. A bypass for Küblis is currently under construction and is scheduled to be opened in 2016. This will bring more peace and relaxation for the visitors and more quality of life for the locals. Both villages are well worth a visit on your Grand Tour. The old village centres are home to many original Wals houses.
Passing picturesque "Walser"-style villages such as Küblis, Saas and Klosters, then reaching Davos, place of winter sports pioneers and host of the World Economic Forum.
Davos originally became famous thanks to its rejuvenating climate, which has been renowned for around 150 years. As early as 1860, the first Davos guest house was opened to welcome spa guests. The immigrated German physician, Alexander Spengler, opened a recuperation spa for people suffering from lung diseases. He primarily prescribed extensive sleep on the sun terraces of Davos along with Veltliner wine. This treatment made Davos world-famous. In 1924, Thomas Mann immortalised the place also in a literary sense with his novel "The Magic Mountain“. Numerous other writers, artists and philosophers followed in Mann’s footsteps. They brought their own culture with them, made the spa town famous in their works or were responsible for initiating the sports, events and cultural facilities that exist today. Davos was at the forefront of the development of modern winter sports. The history of the world renowned Davos sledge started in the 19th century. The sledge received its name at the first historic sledge race in 1883 in Davos. In 1921, the Hockey Club Davos was established – today it is both myth and living legend. 1923 witnessed the first Spengler Cup, the oldest and most famous international ice-hockey tournament in the world. The Parsenn Derby is the most traditional ski race in Switzerland and took place for the first time in 1924. Ten years later, the first t-bar ski lift in the world was put into operation on the Bolgen.
Klosters gained fame as a winter and summer holiday destination more than 100 years ago. It experienced a decisive impetus in its development as a stylish holiday resort for connoisseurs in the 1950s. At that time, many famous faces from the American and British film, music and theatre scene discovered the ski resort, which resulted in the name "Hollywood on the Rocks". Back then, many British and American guests moved to Klosters, where they established their second homes. They characterised the style and atmosphere of the holiday village for decades, and their children are still doing it to this day. In recent decades, Klosters has enjoyed attention from international media thanks to its illustrious guests from the British royal family. Despite this, the elegant village, which retains its original character and chalet style, has stayed down-to-earth.
From just one night’s stay, all guests – both in hotels and commercially let holiday apartments – receive the Guestcard, which allows you to use all cable cars, trains and busses in the area free of charge.
Overnight guests also benefit from Davos Klosters Active, a free programme with unparalleled leisure activities. These include climbing, riding and windsurfing taster courses, guided mountain hikes, family offers such as children’s afternoons, biking courses for children, pony trekking, wildlife observation tours with the ranger, cultural events such as traditional evenings and visits to the working brewery in Davos Monstein or the cheese dairy on Clavadeler Alp.
Keen on trying some local treats? With the Grand Tour Snack Box you can double the enjoyment of your journey through Switzerland. You can buy the Snack Box from any of the official sales outlets and fill it up with regional specialities for two people. Enabling you to experience the culinary diversity of Switzerland. And: The Snack Box also makes an attractive souvenir and is available at Milk & more, Talstrasse 3 in Davos Platz.
Snack Box (excluding contents) CHF 25.—Filling for two persons CHF 20.—