Davos Town

Davos isn't pretty, but the mountain scenery around it certainly is and the sprawling town does include some elegant old hotels. Klosters on the other hand is a typically attractive chalet-style Swiss mountain village.


With two centres, Platz and Dorf, the sprawling town of Davos isn't pretty, but it's an interesting mix of modern offices, apartment blocks, elegant old sanatorium-style hotels, cows and milking parlours. The backdrop is quintessentially beautiful Swiss mountain scenery with the characteristic red trains running through it.

Part of the canton of Graubunden, Davos' transformation from a remote farming community into an international resort began in 1860 when Dr Spengler opened the first tuberculosis clinic. Davos soon became the leading health resort in Switzerland and was popular with the British, including well-known personalities such as author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes.

With the decline of tuberculosis after the Second World War and growth in tourism many of the elegant sanatoriums were turned into hotels. Today the town still has clinics offering specialised treatment for allergies, respiratory illnesses and dermatological conditions. There is also the High Altitude Training Centre, used by many professional and amateur athletes, which claims the 1,560m altitude provides ideal training conditions, particularly for endurance.

Although Davos' town and ski areas are spread out there is a good bus and train network. Parking can be difficult and you'll be charged a flat rate fee of SFR5 a day in most of the ski areas, more if you want to park centrally for the shops and again in the supermarket car parks.



Klosters is much more in the mould of what you'd expect from a typically attractive chalet-style Swiss mountain village. It benefited greatly from a new by-pass in 2005 which diverted traffic between Davos and the Vereina tunnel. Of the two, Klosters Platz is the bigger, and accesses the Gotschnagrat and the main Davos ski area at Parsenn. Klosters Dorf is at the base of Madrisa

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