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An Introduction to Davos, Switzerland

An Introduction to Davos, Switzerland

Nestled on the banks of the Landwasser River in the Swiss Alps, Davos, the highest-altitude town in Europe, merges a thriving sporting atmosphere, a business town, a health resort and a cultural metropolis to create a unique and fascinating destination.
Every year, the world’s most influential politicians descend on Davos to attend the Meeting of the World Economic Forum. But Davos is much more than a meeting place for great minds; since the mid-19th Century, the Alpine town has been hailed as a popular tourist destination. At first frequented by the ailing (the climate of the high valley was deemed to have extensive health benefits) Davos soon became a paradise for active holiday seekers; in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, a number of international championships were hosted in Davos; legendary speed skater Peder Østlund set four world records in 1898, whilst the only European Bandy Championship was held in 1913. Almost overnight, Davos became a dazzling ski resort that was especially popular with the British and the Dutch elite. Today Davos stands as one of Switzerland’s largest ski resorts. The town is surrounded by five exquisite ski areas; Schatzalp, Parsenn, Pischa, Jakobshorn and Rinerhorn, whilst the nearby resort of Klosters offers visitors a charming, Alpine village experience.

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