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Graubunden’s largest Alpine resort lies along a small river that flows through an incredibly beautiful valley. On the peaks high above, the areas of Parsenn, Jakobshorn, Rinerhorn and Pischa offer spectacular vistas and plenty of opportunities for summer hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding, as well as hang gliding and other extreme sports. In town is an 18-hole golf course. There are many fine hotels, some with the boxy balconies that recall their past as sanitaria, where tuberculosis patients took the local “Champagne air.” Stroll the High Promenade for a birds-eye view of the town, or check out the windsurfing and sunbathing scene ...

Graubunden’s largest Alpine resort lies along a small river that flows through an incredibly beautiful valley. On the peaks high above, the areas of Parsenn, Jakobshorn, Rinerhorn and Pischa offer spectacular vistas and plenty of opportunities for summer hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding, as well as hang gliding and other extreme sports. In town is an 18-hole golf course. There are many fine hotels, some with the boxy balconies that recall their past as sanitaria, where tuberculosis patients took the local “Champagne air.” Stroll the High Promenade for a birds-eye view of the town, or check out the windsurfing and sunbathing scene on the beautiful lake. In case of rain, visit the Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Museum, an excellent collection of paintings by the famous expressionist. Neighboring Klosters, named for its 13th-century monastery, is smaller and a bit more elegant than Davos, and offers similar opportunities for hiking and summer sports. A ride on the charming Rhaetian Railway is always a fine excursion.

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Charlie Morris is the author of the Open Road guidebooks Best of Honduras, Best of Costa Rica, Best of Belize, and Switzerland Guide.

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  • Location: Davos is located on the Landwasser River, in the Swiss Alps, between the Plessur and Albula Range
  • Language: German (a dialect of German referred to as Bündnerdeutsch
  • Currency: Swiss Franc
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall
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    May-September