Klosters: A pocket guide
Klosters is tucked away in the heart of Switzerland’s Prattigau Valley located less than a two-hour drive from the Zurich airport. It is a charming Alpine mountain village where traditional style and stunning scenery blend seamlessly to create an intimate and cosy atmosphere, making it the perfect destination for any Swiss ski holiday, especially at one of the luxury chalets of our Switzerland experts.
The village, lined with charming wooden buildings, small churches and chic shops, is well known for its glamorous history. It was once the favourite spot for Hollywood royalty, and of course royalty itself, such as Britain’s Prince Charles who frequents the resort. Today it is considered to be a much more low key resort, one where you will find a truly elegant, authentic Alpine experience.
The skiing in Klosters is fantastic and, because it is combined with neighboring Davos (all included in your ski pass), it is one of the largest ski areas in Switzerland, with over 300kms of skiable pistes. One of its most unique attractions is the long runs down to the villages in the valley. The 12km run from the Weissfluh Gipfel down to Kublis is one of the longest runs in the world; a classic milestone for any skier. The Madrisa is a much gentler mountain; its sunny south-facing slopes are perfect for beginners, adults and children alike. Across in Davos there is an amusement park and a half pipe for the more adventurous type. The slopes are immaculately well kept, and the off piste terrain is some of the best. In most resorts you can find yourself standing in long queues for the ski lifts, however, this is not the case in Klosters.
There is also plenty for the non-skier to do off the slopes. A leisurely walk around the classy, small boutiques and a coffee in the Chesa hotel is the perfect way to relax and enjoy village life whilst the rest of your party bomb around the mountain. There are also around 120km of gorgeous and well-prepared winter walking or snowshoe paths—a fantastic way to enjoy the glorious mountain scenery. Afterwards you could unwind with a massage in one of the village’s spas.
Klosters is home to some fantastic rustic restaurants on the mountain which are perfect for a lunch or coffee break. The Alte Schwendi is a particular favourite due to its friendly service and gorgeous sun terrace, and the Strand salad is very popular among the ladies who lunch. Don’t forget to stop by Erizaas to try out their famous rotisserie chicken.
For the evenings there is a menu for every taste. The Hotel Alpina has an excellent haute cuisine menu (and their steak and chips are top notch) whilst the Prattiger Huschi serves the best fondue in town. For a truly special evening you should head up the valley to Monbiel which is home to the Hoehwald restaurant. The atmosphere and food are superb, and you can even get to it on a magical horse and sleigh ride. It is definitely a memorable experience.
The nightlife in Klosters is typically a sophisticated after dinner drink at the piano bar at the Chesa, or to Casa Antica nightclub if you want to show off your moves. Bär’s Bar is the perfect place to wind down at the end of a hard day of skiing. The relaxed atmosphere and great service make it one of the most popular spots in Klosters village—and they also serve a mean burger!
Whether you are looking for a cozy chalet with a toasty fireplace facing the majestic mountains for a romantic getaway or a large comfortable property at the foot of the slopes to bring together family and friends, our Swiss experts will help you find the perfect match. Peruse some of their offerings or request some assistance at this link.