The charming village of Klosters in Switzerland is often mistaken as a ski resort and not an actual village. This is due to many reasons. For one thing, it was back in the 1950s when movie legend Paul Newman began to refer to Klosters as Hollywood on the Rocks, describing how it lured so many celebrities to its premium ski slopes. The slopes are frequented by the world’s most glittering “glitterati”, including royalty, heads of states and entertainment stars. It has much to do in both summer and winter, and is perfect for visitors of all ages.
Winter in Klosters
Of course, a huge majority of visitors come for the annual skiing. A basic piste guide would tell you that most of the resort’s slopes are above the steeper woodlands of the region. The well-known Gotschnabahn cable car takes travelers up to the Davos area and beginners often head to the Madrisa slopes. There is also “off piste” skiing, cross country options, and even some snowboarding near Davos.
And the non-skiers? First and foremost, the region is replete with on slope and off slope luxury villas. Many of these properties offer such a long list of amenities that they, on their own, could prove excellent destinations. Many have saunas, indoor pools, gyms, media rooms, spa treatments, gourmet kitchens and settings straight out of a painting or film. There are also walking trails, horse-drawn wagon rides, snowshoe trails, shopping, dining, après ski and more.
Summer in Klosters
Don’t ignore the stunning Alpine beauty of Klosters. All of those same opulent villas remain available, and can provide you with a stunning base (not to mention breathtaking views) throughout the warmer months. The area is enormous and has many hundreds of miles of trails suitable to experienced hikers and climbers and even families with younger children. There are options for mountain biking, a mountain coaster that traverses the entire Freeride Piste, and even Madrisa Land, an adventure park ideal for families.
There are also lakes nearby and such perennial appealing destinations as the Davos Kirchner Museum in Klosters, dedicated to the German expressionist painter, Ernst Kirchner. The Salginatobel bridge is nearby too, and as the county’s only world-famous feat of engineering, it is worth a visit.
Dining in Klosters
Of course, many visitors come to savor après ski experiences in the areas fantastic eateries – and just as many look forward to dining all day! There is a great array of affordable to four star and Michelin rated options, and these include:
More affordable and low-key dining can be enjoyed at Gaudy’s famous umbrella bar as well as a Bar’s at Piz Buin. Many love Chesa Grischuna and its constant live piano music and the tiny disco at Casa Antica makes a visit a lot of fun. Madrisa is a popular area for restaurants, and one of the most frequently recommended is Erika at Schlappin. If you want the finest pizza in the region, Al Berto at Klosters Dorf is noted for this dish.
Many of the upscale hotels have fantastic restaurants, too with the dining room at Hotel Walserhof one of the most famous. The Alpina and Hotel Wynegg are also always popular for their local specialties and fine ingredients.
Whether you go in the winter or summer, to ski or not, a visit to Klosters is one rich in experiences and delights.