Thinking about Switzerland, you cannot simply ignore St. Moritz, the luxurious Alpine Resort, widely popular for its breathtaking slopes, amazing ski facilities, and food...don't forget about food! However, we are not here to talk about the area in general, but one of the reasons for its good reputation: the stunning St. Moritz Lake, and which time of the year to visit! Furthermore, we are going to explore one of the best resorts in St. Moritz, you should definitely consider visiting: Badrutt's Palace Hotel.
As you might already know, and as you can see in the photos, it's easy to understand that we are not talking about a casual lake. St. Moritz Lake has been a major point of interest since long time ago, and thankfully its fame has not affected its character at all. The landscape maintains its flawless beauty throughout the years.
The lake hosts numerous sport events annually, which is only inevitable, considering the nature of the destination. Among the events taking place in the lake are Polo Matches every January and early February, Horse Races on the frozen lake in February, as well as Skijoring (winter sport in which a person on skis is pulled by a horse, a dog, or a motor vehicle), which originates from this area.
Staying in a hotel that has managed to blend in with the natural beauty is fascinating, and if you think about it, enjoying your coffee, gazing down the view of the tranquil alpine landscapes, is surely a once-in-a-lifetime experience...unless you choose to stay in Badrutt's Palace Hotel, where these views become your every-day reality!
Badrutt's Palace Hotel: Overlooking St. Moritz Lake
Let's take things from scratch. Badrutt's Palace was built in 1872 by C. Rungger, and it was later bought by Mr. Caspar Badrutt, who was in charge of the remodeling of the St. Moritz Hotel Beau Rivage and creation of the hotel. Badrutt's Palace officially opened in July 29th, 1896 and it's now enlisted among the most historic hotels of Europe.
It is actually among the very few hotels that have managed to take advantage, as well as, highlight the beauty of the location. Badrutt's Palace offers a direct view of the lake from the majority of its rooms and suites. Of course, the restaurants and spa feature amazing views over St. Moritz Lake as well.
Winter VS Summer
In winter, the landscape of St. Moritz is cold, and the shades of blue and white dominate the area. It's full of snow and the imposing frozen lake in the heart of it, is absolutely gorgeous! The lake is frequently used for ice-skating and all kinds of sports on ice!
In summer, the landscape is completely different and the colors of light-blue and green make it look like a beautiful painting. St. Moritz Lake , completely unfrozen this time of the year, sparkles like the most expensive diamond, and people gather around it either for picnics, trekking or even swimming.
Breakfast in St. Moritz: The Melody of the Harpe!
The sun is rising and you can't wait to start your day...but wait, what about breakfast? As you can see above, Badrutt's Palace Hotel features a wide selection of breakfast dishes, including crepes and waffles, local cold cuts and cheese, and fresh seasonal fruits.
In Summer, the breakfast in Badrutt's Palace is served in Le Relais Restaurant, which offers a direct view of the stunning St. Moritz Lake. During this season, we recommend you to taste the delicious crepes, served with strawberry marmalade and fresh strawberries on the side.
In Winter, Badrutt's Palace breakfast is served in Le Restaurant, which is mainly distinguished for its stylish interior. What's truly unique about eating breakfast during wintertime, is that a harpist will accompany your meal, playing beautiful and relaxing melodies.
St. Moritz Activities: Summer VS Winter
So...you have filled your stomach and now you must be ready to start your day, filled with energy. But you are thinking "What am I doing here?!" Well, you don't have to worry, because St. Moritz is packed with outdoor activities to do, either in summer or winter. We have enlisted below the 10 most popular activities to do according to season, so it's up to you to choose.
- Surf & Kite 1. Helicopter Flight
- Golf 2. Piste Bully Drive
- Sailing & Rowing 3. Paragliding Flight
- Hiking & Mountaineering 4. Bobsleigh & Skeleton
- E-Cycling 5. Ski & Snowboard
- Swimming 6. Horse-Carriage Trip
- Horse Riding 7. Cross-Country Skiing
- Mountain Bike 8. Winter Hiking
- Fishing 9.Sledging
- Stand-Up Paddling 10. Curlin
A Spa Experience in St. Moritz | Palace Wellness & Sports
The hotel's wellness resort, Palace Wellness, offers various relaxing activities and sports to do in Winter and Summer. Of course, there are also numerous activities to do in both seasons including spa treatments like massages and body therapies, steamy sauna sessions and exercises at the hotel's gym.
How to do it in Summer vs Winter
✿ In summer, yoga lessons can be taken outdoors, at the green valleys of St. Moritz. During winter, you can have yoga lessons indoors, at the hotel's Yoga & Aerobics Studio.
✿ The swimming pool features direct views over St. Moritz countryside, resulting in a completely different feeling each season. The swimming pool is heated during the winter when the landscape is snowy and white. During summer, the swimming pool is cooler while the landscape is green and sunny!
✿ There are various fitness amenities available at the spa's weekly program of Spa classes, including sports and leisure activities. The winter activities include skiing and other snow games, while during summer you can have swimming lessons, outdoor yoga classes and more.
✿ In winter, you can ice-skate or play curling (a traditional Swiss game) at the hotel's Ice Rink. During summer, you can play sports at the Sports Ground, such as basketball, football and volleyball.
St. Moritz All Year Long
As we can see, it is very difficult to choose between summer and winter vacation in St. Moritz, since both seasons have their advantages and disadvantages. It all comes down to one's tastes; If you are a fan of ski and snow, then, for sure, winter is the only option for you. If you are fond of picnics in nature, green landscapes and water sports, then summer is definitely your cup of tea.
But lets refer to another importart reason to visit the impressive scenery of St.Moritz, and that is the local cuisine.
Badrutt's Palace Hotel features a selection of restaurants where you can enjoy authentic regional dishes and French Haute Cuisine. Let's present them one by one:
- Le Restaurant is among the hotel's most luxurious restaurants, which combines a glamorous but at the same time soothing atmosphere. It serves International and French Haute Cuisine and it is the place where you eat breakfast during the winter. The dress code for dinner requires a jacket, while a tie is always welcome.
- Le Relais is similar to Le Restaurant, although it's cozier and opens mainly during lunch hours (12.30 - 2.30 p.m.), serving International cuisine. It's the restaurant where breakfast is taken during the summer months while the dress code is smart casual. What's truly fascinating about Le Relais though, is its remarkable view over Lake St. Moritz.
- La Diala, or else the Mountain Fairy, is a children-friendly restaurant in the center of Palace Wellness, decorated in a classic Engadine Style. It's open from 10.00 am to 8.00 pm and it does not require a dress code. It serves International cuisine with exceptional sushi specialties.
- La Coupole is an exclusive restaurant that belongs to the niche brand Matsuhisa, with only 6 restaurants worldwide, and it's located in the former first tennis hall in Europe, with more than 100 seats available. It's a cocktail-bar-restaurant serving Japanese-Peruvian cuisine and amazing sushi. In addition to its delicious dishes, its beautiful glass dome is an indoor attraction that immediately catches the eye of the guest.
- IGNIV by Andreas Caminada is a concept restaurant that opens only during winter, serving exclusively gourmet dishes. The Late Night Pairing is a special winter concept that allows the guests to enjoy a Late Night Sharing Dinner before heading off to the party at the Kings Club. The price of 400.00 per person includes a 3-course Sharing Menu with champagne, entry to the King's Club and three glasses of champagne.
- Chesa Veglia, or else the "old house", has been transformed into a luxurious dining spot by Barmutt's Palace Hotel since 1936. It's the home of three restaurants and two bars, all of which cater to a diversity of tastes. All of them are a favorite dining spot for both locals and visitors. The restaurants are: Patrizier Stuben, Pizzeria Heuboden, and Grill Chadafö. The bars are: Bar Carigiet, and Polo Bar.