I recently wrote about all the great things you can do in Davos in summer. But most people visit Davos because it is the largest skiing resort in Switzerland (and some come because it has the cleanest air in Europe).
I have never been to Davos when there was a lot of snow (unfortunately) and I didn’t get to try skiing there yet. Instead I discovered all the other things that Davos is worth visiting for during winter. Regardless if you end up in Davos during a snowless week or just want to take a break from skiing for a while, there are an awful lot of things to do there!
This post includes:
Davos Horse Carriage Rides
Thermal Bath “Oh la la”
Sleding in Davos
Enjoy a tour through Davos and beyond- by horse
This was one of my favorite experiences. Carriage rides are a big thing in Davos and it’s something no one who visits should miss out on, in my opinion.
Several horse and carriage providers offer trips in the Davos region all year around.
But winter is when it really gets magical. The carriages are equipped with cozy warm blankets and are quite comfortable. During the coldest winter months, some providers will even offer some free tea or mulled wine on your ride.
One of the longer carriage trips goes through the Dischmatal– the longest side valley in Davos with especially great views.
Oh and full-moon rides are also totally a thing!
Where? Find them in the city or book a carriage ride online
How much? Prices start from 70 CHF (around 56£) up to 290 CHF (around 232£)
Davos- A sledging paradise
As a child, one of the things I loved most during the winter was sledging. I never found the perfect mountain for it though- that is, until now.
Sledging at Rinerhorn sounds quite amazing.
Rinerhorns sledging track has 33 curves and unique steep curves which makes sledging an adventure no matter what age you are.
You can share a so called “Zipfelbob” sledge with a friend or go by yourself for that extra bit of speed. The track is 3.7 km long and the best thing about it? It’s located right underneath a cable car so there there is no need to painstakingly walk back up hill for another round 😉
Where? Rinerhorn, Davos Klosters
How much? Renting a sledge: 13 CHF (around 10£), renting a “Zipfelbob” 5 CHF (around 4£)
and a Depot of 50 CHF or your ID. Entry from 9 CHF to 56 CHF
At the other side of Davos, there is also the Schatzalp mountain, with a 2.8 km long track.
Another perk of this track? Renting a sledge is free and at 11 pm the floodlights are turned on for the night sledging.
In total there are 11 sledging trails in and around Davos and even summer trails so you can enjoy sledging even if there isn’t a great amount of snow on the mountains yet!
When? Open from mid- December to end of March (only when there is enough snow)
Mo- Su: 10 a.m- 11 p.m
Where? Schatzalp mountain
Tip: If you want to experience a new way of sledging try the Swiss Airboard, a “100% Swiss development”. The inflatable high-tech body-board, which is controlled by shifting your weight, can be used on almost all sledging tracks and specially rented out at the Skilift Heid in Klosters.
Have a drink or Raclette on top of a mountain
If you stay at hotel in Davos you will automatically get a voucher which allows you to use all public transport for free during your stay. That’s also true for cable cars and ski lifts. Even if your not into skiing, snowboarding or other mountain activities, it’s great to go up the Jakobshorn or Parsenn at least once and enjoy the view from up there. And while you’re there why not also have a hot chocolate or a beer?
The Parsenn restaurant even has a Raclette bar in case all the fresh air gets you hungry. And Raclette is the 2nd greatest cheese dish Switzerland has to offer.
When? 09:00 – 16:30 h during the winter season
If you can’t go or want to go skiing, there is still ice skating! During the winter a fairly big ice skating ring opens next to the Vaillant Arena in Davos (where you can also watch ice hokey games). It’s a great place to go to with the whole family. I was surprised how big the ice skating area was!
Enjoy a “hot spring”
If it gets too cold for you, I recommend visiting the big indoor swimming pool “Eau-la-la“. It has a great heated outdoor area that feels just like a big hot spring with a build-in whirlpool. Eau-la-la has a wellness area with a sauna and a relaxation area too and if you’re aching from all the ice skating and sledging it’s the perfect place to get a massage.
Where? Eua-La-La, Promenade 90, CH- 7270 Davos Platz
How much? 10 CHF (around 9£) for a normal entry.
Around 26£ pounds for access to the wellness area- massages are charged separately