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[[Image:Davos.JPG|thumb|240px|Davos, Switzerland]]
'''Davos''' [http://www.davos.ch] is a winter and summer resort village located in the heart of the Graubünden in the east of [[Switzerland]]. In the early 90s, Davos became famous for hosting the World Economic Forum, an annual winter gathering of international politicians and financiers who represented a transnational elite. Together with the nearby town of '''Klosters''', Davos offers a wide variety of winter sports activities, and summer hiking trails, set amid stunning Alpine scenery.
'''Davos''' [http://www.davos.ch] is a winter and summer resort village located in the heart of the Graubünden in the east of [[Switzerland]].==Understand==
In the early 90's, Davos became famous for hosting the World Economic Forum, an annual winter gathering of international politicians and financiers who represented a transnational elite.  Together with the nearby town of '''Klosters''', Davos offers a wide variety of winter sports activities, and summer hiking trails, set amid stunning Alpine scenery.==Get in==
==Get in==
Davos is accessible by train, bus or car. The nearest commercial airport with scheduled airline service is [[Zurich]].
It takes nearly 3 hours to reach Davos by train from Zurich. There are train connections
from Zurich’s Hauptbahnhof (main station) to Davos every hour between 6AM and 11PM. You can check
timetables and other information on the official Swiss Federal Railways website[http://www.sbb.ch/en/home.html Swiss Federal Railways website].
Fares to Klosters (one stop nearer to Zurich) are cheaper at CHF 96 return in second class. The train journey between Klosters Dorf and Davos Platz, stopping at Klosters Platz and Davos Dorf on the way, takes just under half an hour. It is free for tourists with the inclusive Davos/Klosters visitor card (Gästekarte).
===By bus===
Buses[http://www.postauto.ch/en/pag-startseite Buses] from Chur to Davos run daily. Travel time is approximately 2 hours.
During the ski season, buses travel from Zurich airport to Davos Dorf or Davos Platz every Saturday and return from Davos Dorf or Platz to the airport every Saturday in December through April. The trip takes approximately 2 hours, with a pickup at the train stations three times daily.
It will take about 2 hours (160 kilometres/103 miles) to get to Davos by car from Zurich.
From Zurich-Kloten Airport: take A51 to Zurich and look for the road signs to Chur
(Expressway A), take Exit “Landquart-Davos” and follow road signs to Davos.
==Get around==
 
The municipal bus system is very convenient, traversing from one end of the Promenade to the other. Davos is only around 3 or 4 km long and about 1 km wide, so it is easy to get anywhere by bus or a short walk. Cabs are also available, but run about 12-15 CHF during the day and double that at night. You should ask Gästekarte from your hotel or from the tourist office. With the Gästekarte almost all local buses, local trains and lifts are free!
==See==
 
[[Image:2201603146_20677c3751_o.jpg|thumb|240px|Ariel View of Davos, Switzerland]]
* '''Zügenschlucht''' - Gaze upon a romantic gorge that has a spectacular railway line and a mining museum at the Schmelzboden at 1340 m. While you're there, explore the Geology Trail between Davos-Monstein and Wiesen.
* Lose yourself in the Schatzalp'''[http://schatzalp.ch/ The Schatzalp]''' (1861m), an alpine botanical garden that has such stunning scenery, it inspired German author Thomas Mann to write his novel “The Magic Mountain”, published in 1924. It contains around 800 different species of plants from all over the world and is truly impressive in June and July, when flowers are in bloom.
* '''SertigtaSertigtal''' - It's Its unique natural beauty and mountain scenery make for an unforgettable alpine experience. Unleash your romantic side and go for a ride by horse-drawn carriage or sledge.
* '''Vaillant Arena''' in Davos is one of the most beautiful hockey stadiums in the world. It can hold up to 7,700 people. Every year a number of exciting events take place there. Some of the most important ones are the Spengler Cup[http://www.spenglercup.ch/spenglercup/en/ Spengler Cup] and the Ice Gala[http://www.eisgala-davos.ch/ Ice Gala].
==Do==
*'''International Hiking Rally'''— Occuring annually in September, this hiking rally covers four routes in the mountains around Davos, with stamps for the number of kilometres walked and coveted medals.
* <do name="Ice Hockey" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></do>* <do name="" alt="" address="" directionslat="" phonelong="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Davos is the birthplace of the famous Hockey Club HCD. HCD is the record holder in the Spengler Cup and one of the most successful teams in Switzerland. It is a good idea to visit the Vaillant Arena, enjoy a dinner there and watch HCD play. </do> * <do name="Playgrounds and adventure parks" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://www.davos.ch/en/summer/activities/outdoor/adventure-park.html?cHash=a749b97b0d8faefb0a2d8496836450ac" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">For families with small children, there are several fun playgrounds in and around Davos. For youth, adults, and families with older children, there are a number of different climbing adventure parks in and near Davos.</do>
Davos is internationally recognised as the largest resort in the Alps for mountain holidays and a top travel destination. Ski and snow activities are a must do in the winter, and at altitudes between 1124 and 2844 m, guests will find 54 ski lifts, 320 km of slopes, 75 km of cross-country ski tracks, two artificial ice-skating rinks and Europe’s largest natural ice rink for people to skate or to curl. And no fewer than five sledging runs to have fun on! For skiing fanatics, the mecca is the Parsenn and Weissfluhjoch area which connects up with the neighbouring resort of Klosters. The Jakobshorn, on the other hand, is the in place for snowboarders, with its half-pipe and monster pipe. For a quieter time, take a ride by horse-drawn sledge into the snowy side valleys, or experience the Davos mountains from 84 km of beautifully prepared winter footpaths and snow-shoe trails.
*'''ArtHausRestaurant''', Diegodo Clavadetscher, Platzstrsse 5, 7220 Davos Platz, tel 081 410 05 10. French meets Asian cuisine in a delightful pairing. Choose from a creative menu and dine in a cosy and charming ambiance.
*'''Buffalo-Grill-Restaurant''', Uschi Biäsch und Heinz Hübscher, Talstrasse 37Berglistutz 2, 7270 Davos Platz, tel 081 420 09 09. Meat lovers can get their fix here, with this being Davos's favourite steakhouse. Delicous choices of meat all grilled to perfection in a rustic wooden setting.
*'''Fluela-Stubli, Hotel Fluela''', Bahnhofstrasse 5, 7260 Davos Dorf, tel +41 (0)81 410 17 17. Enjoy the haute cuisine of the Flüela Stübli, known for its excellent meat dishes and melt in your mouth worthy meat and cheese fondues. Children are even welcomed at this fine dining restaurant.
*'''Romeo and Julia Trattoria''', Steigenberger Grandhotel Belvédère, 7270 Davos Platz, tel +41 (0)81 415 60 00. Enjoy Italian cuisine under low level lighting and a charming, intimate decor of muted wood tones. Open for dinner daily.
*<eat name="Golden Dragon" alt="" address=" Hotel Grischa Talstrasse 3 7270 Davos Platz" directions="" phone="+41 (0)81 414 97 97" url="http://hotelgrischa.ch/en/gastronomy/goldene-drachen/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Chinese dishes are freshly prepared for you as and when they are ordered.
Food is prepared with fire and passion and you can taste it! Meals are served either with chopsticks </eat>
 
==Drink==
==Get out==
If you need a break for perfect skiing locations, or want a change of scenery, hop aboard the '''Glacier Express''' "The Slowest Fast Train in the World" and take a ride through Swiss mountains. See the real Matterhorn and enjoy amazing views of the Alps. Tickets start at CHF 73. Alternatively you can take the '''Bernina Express''' to [[Tirano]] in [[Italy]]. This train route have been declared as UNESCO World Heritage site and shows you beautiful landscapes, visits the highest point of Swiss railways and drives trough spiral viaducts. {{usable}}The Davos to Stelios pass (as featured on the Top Gear UK tv show) is a stunning way to exit Davos too.
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