A varied weekend in Davos

Davos Youth Hostel is surrounded by opportunities for action and relaxation. The destination offers fans of both the slopes and wellness lots of variety. Here are the best tips for your perfect winter weekend in Davos.

Davos is arguably one of the most famous Swiss mountain destinations. On the one hand, due to the major «WEF» event, and on the other due to the many celebrities who regularly spend their winter holidays here. Because there’s lots to experience and discover in Davos, the mountain resort has almost evolved into a small city. Of course, there also has to be a youth hostel in the village. The «Youthpalace» sits enthroned on the hillside, with a view of the town and the mountains.

Davos Youth Hostel: Enjoy your holidays at the «Youthpalace» like a guest at a health resort

Davos Youth Hostel was built in 1913 as a sanatorium for health resort guests. Even then, guests came to Davos from near and far. Because at a height of approximately 1600 metres above sea level and with the mountains, the fresh air and a lake, the town is considered an ideal health resort. The previous sanatorium was acquired by the Swiss Youth Hostels in 2002 and converted to a youth hostel. Today, the youth hostel still receives guests in proper style, like on resort holidays. The art nouveau style can be found in the design of the façade as well as in the rooms facing the sun, with the obligatory balconies for getting plenty of vitamin D. To catch even more sun, it’s worth taking the mountain lifts up a few metres in altitude – after all, one of the many valley stations in Davos is just a short walk away: the Parsenn lift, leading to the Weissfluhjoch.

With all its charm, the Youthpalace shines on the hillside above Davos. ©Christina

A short winter guide for holidays in Davos

Davos has tons to experience in both summer and winter. To be able to plan your perfect holiday agenda, you’ll find a brief overview of the destination and its activities here:

Skiing area options

Davos has three, or rather, four valley stations. The one closest to the youth hostel is Parsenn valley station. In the Parsenn area, there are wide slope, lots of chair lifts and even several good freeride runs. The other valley stations are Jakobshorn, where freestylers especially romp about, and Rinerhorn, where it’s a bit calmer, also offering a good starting point for ski tours. If you buy a day pass, all three areas are included. In the morning, you can decide where the weather and conditions are best and spend the entire day in this area. Also worth mentioning is Schatzalp. Here, too, you can go skiing and snowboarding. But Schatzalp is more popular among aficionados and winter hikers. This area is not included in the day pass.

The Parsenn ski area is perfect for beginners and those preferring wide slopes. ©Matthias Paintner

What can you experience if you want to do more than just go skiing and snowboarding?

Après-Ski

Davos is known for its good après-ski. There are countless bars and clubs. Here are a few to make a mental note of: Jakobshorn is the place to be on the mountain. Followed by Bolgenschanze in the valley. In the evening, next up are Ex Bar, Stall Valär or Rotliechtli. If you’re in the mood to party, Davos is the right place for you.

Bolgenschanze, one of the places to be when it comes to après-ski. ©Marcel Giger

Kaffee Klatsch

Kaffee Klatsch is arguably the most famous café & bistro in town – an iconic Davos café. It was originally located in Davos Platz at Promenade 72. However, there’s now a second, bit larger location in Davos by Promenade 38. But Kaffee Klatsch can also be found outside of Davos. There’s now one in Kloster, Rapperswil and most recently in Chur, the capital of the Grisons. So, if you want to relax and read a book while munching on some tasty cake, you can’t go wrong with Kaffee Klatsch.

Best atmosphere for a strong coffee and a delicious piece of cake. ©Kaffee Klatsch

Cross-country skiing

The cross-country skiing network in Davos consists of over 100 kilometres of classic trails and 75 kilometres of skating trails. Besides an excellent network of trails, you’ll also find the cross-country skiing centre in the heart of Davos. This is where the heart trail starts, which is perfect for beginners. Dog owners don’t have to do without their four-legged friends in Davos – dogs are welcome at the Davos Youth Hostel and the destination has over 18.5 kilometres of dog trails.
Book the cross-country skiing package now and benefit from a welcome drink and trail pass.

Arguably the healthiest sport in the world, and extremely trendy to boot. ©Christian Egelmair

Winter hiking

Schatzalp has already been mentioned. For those of you who prefer exploring on foot, Schatzalp is the perfect starting point. Around 160 kilometres of winter hiking trails are waiting for you in Davos. Our recommendation is the «Hohe Promenade» right by the Youthpalace – you’ll have an excellent view of the town from here. The winter hiking trail around Lake Davos is recommended for water-lovers.

On the Hohe Promenade trail, you’ll pass this gorgeous waterfall, among other sights. ©Christina

Wellness

The Eau-Là-Là in Davos is the place to be for everyone looking to simply relax and let loose in the warm, bubbling water. Besides a swimming pool and a diving platform, tanning beds, a «black hole» slide and a comprehensive wellness offering await you.

Just the right place to relax after a day on the slopes. ©Davos Klosters

About the author

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Christina Ragettli is not only a huge winter fan, she also loves lacing up her hiking boots and going on discovery tours in summer. When she’s not exploring the mountains or testing a youth hostel, she spends lots of time with her family. The Swiss Youth Hostels ambassador is also a best-selling author, with her book «VON WEGEN». Besides her own story, she has also written her brother Andri Ragettli’s in «ATTACK YOUR DREAMS».

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