: Sankt Moritz
: San Murezzan
) is an exclusive resort town in the Engadine valley
. It is a municipality
in the district of Maloja
in the Swiss canton
. St. Moritz is considered the oldest and one of the most famous winter resorts in the world. Due to its favorable location residents enjoy over 300 days of sunshine a year. Every winter this alpine village hosts the "White Turf" horse race on the frozen Lake St. Moritz
attended by the international Upper class
. The official languages are Romansh
Popular pastimes include skiing and hiking, and nearby there is also the world famous Cresta Run toboggan course.
The year-round population is 5600, with some 3000 seasonal employees supporting hotels and rental units with a total of 13,000 beds.
Since the registration of a new trademark by the tourist office in 1987, St. Moritz is also known as Top of the World.
St. Moritz has been the host city for the 1928
and 1948 Winter Olympics
. It also hosted the 1934, 1974 and 2003 Alpine Skiing World Championships
. It is one of three cities that have hosted the Winter Olympic Games
twice, the others being Innsbruck, Austria
and Lake Placid, New York
in the United States
. Additionally, it has hosted the FIBT World Championships
and skeleton racing
) a record 21 times.
- The Segantini Museum: dedicated to Giovanni Segantini, a painter that lived the last 5 years of his life in Engadine painting "nature, life, death".
- The bobsled run: a very rare natural bob sleigh. It is typically up and running by mid December each year
- Viewing the glacier landscape: there are a number of notable vistas. Much can be seen by descending from Diavolezza to the Morteratsch Glacier.
- The 3300 metres high Piz Corvatsch with its ice cave and its eight-kilometer long ski slope down to St.Moritz-Bad.
In popular culture
- http://www.stmoritz.ch Official website
- http://www.stmoritz-gemeinde.ch Municipality