One week of summer holidays in Davos
What can you experience in Davos in one week? We have put together recommendations for all preferences. In addition to hikes through gorges and to see the local ibexes, the selection also includes cinema evenings and bike tours. You'll get useful tips for an unforgettable summer holiday. Are you ready for a week full of adventures in the Canton of Grisons?
Day 1: Arrival in Grisons
Journey to Davos
Davos, located in the Canton of Grisons, can be easily reached by train or by car. From Landquart, the journey takes you through the Prättigau region. After crossing Wolfgangpass, you’ll arrive in Davos at 1,560 meters above sea level, and the first thing you’ll see is the beautiful Lake Davos.
First, you’ll drop your luggage off at your accommodation. Don’t forget to get the Davos Klosters Premium Card when you check in at your hotel or holiday flat. With this guest card, you will benefit from many advantages, such as free local bus rides and discounted prices for cable car tickets. Now you’re ready to explore the region!
Spending the day at Lake Davos
To get some exercise after your trip here, a walk around the beautiful Lake Davos is always a good idea. Would you like to give wakeboarding or stand-up paddling a try? Go for it! Your holidays just started, so just enjoy the day at the lake with lots of sun and ice cream. The sunbathing area at “Strandbad” is the perfect place for guests and locals to relax.
At “Bachi´s Strandbad”, you can end the evening with a view of the water. A burger or homemade Spätzli will satisfy your hunger.
Day 2: Monstein
Hike to the traditional Walser village
The hike from Rinerhorn to Monstein is a perfect start to your holiday. You can slowly get used to the altitude and discover the beautiful mountain world.
The hike starts at the Rinerhorn mountain station. After a coffee on the sundeck of Jatzmeder Restaurant, you are ready to get going. The beautiful trail will lead you through mountain forests and past babbling brooks. You will mostly stay at the same altitude, except for a short descent just before Monstein. From the top, you’ll already see the traditional Walser-style houses surrounded by a lovely landscape. The fresh spring water of the area is also used to brew the local Monstein beer. Have you tried it? After a refreshment stop at a restaurant, the bus will take you back to Davos.
- Every Friday from 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm, you can tour the brewery in Monstein
- Families with children will enjoy the petting zoo and playground on Rinerhorn.
- You can find more tips for families in our article “7 tips for family holidays”.
Dinner at Bräma Restaurant
Formerly called "Hänggi´s", the restaurant was very popular in Davos and is now run as Bräma Restaurant by new owners. The excellent cuisine combines diversity and regionality.
Day 3: Zügenschlucht gorge
Excursion to the wild canyon
An excursion to Zügenschlucht gorge is a must when on holiday in Davos. Gushing water and impressive rock formations accompany you on the way. During the tour, you can also see the impressive Wiesner Viaduct.
Hiking through Zügenschlucht to Filisur station
The hike begins at Davos Monstein station and passes the mining museum. This is where the hiking trail into the wild gorge starts. Over the years, the river Landwasser has left impressive traces in the rock and shaped the landscape. A nice place to take a break is the "Züga-Beizli" at Davos Wiesen station. Before you reach Filisur station, you will cross the gorge on the Wiesner Viaduct, an imposing structure. As you continue on the trail, you will come across signs for the nature trail, which provides information on the flora and fauna of the region.
- A great experience not only for train fans: the return journey on the nostalgia train. An impressive journey through the wild “Zügenschlucht” gorge awaits.
- The first part of the hike takes you along the mobility trail. Here you can learn exciting facts about the former transport route through the “Zügenschlucht” via audio.
Dinner: barbecue spots in Davos
There are some enjoyable barbecue spots in Davos, equipped with wood and grills. All you need to do is bring your own food. The barbecue area by Lake Davos at the so-called "Hawai Bay" is particularly popular.
Day 4: Summit hike
Ascent to Schiahorn
Are you ready for your first summit climb? You have probably seen Schiahorn many times during your stay in Davos. With the avalanche barriers, it is easy to spot from the village. Gross Schiahorn boasts an altitude of 2,709 metres above sea level as well as beautiful views of Landwasser valley.
Hike to Gross Schiahorn
Many trails lead to the summit. The start at Weissfluhjoch is particularly beautiful – you can walk around the summit and get to know it from all sides. Take the Parsenn cable car up to Weissfluhjoch. From there, walk towards Hauptertäli and along the rock trail to Strelapass. You can take a break at Strelapass Restaurant before the ascent begins. The trail now leads steeply up to the summit. Soon you’ll have made it and can enjoy the magnificent view. Take the same trail back to the Panorama Trail and continue to the Höhenweg middle station. After the hike, you can stop for refreshments at the restaurant and then take the cable car back to Davos.
Highlights on Parsenn
- On Wednesdays, you can go on a guided tour up to Schiahorn together with a hiking guide. Spots are limited, so be sure to book this unique experience in advance.
- The Panorama Trail does not end at Höhenweg. Those who can’t get enough of the mountain panorama can continue on the Panorama Trail to Gotschnagrat. From there, the cable car takes you down to Klosters.
- In this article, you will find more great peaks to explore.
Dinner at the cosy Montana Stube
The "Montana Stube" is a traditional restaurant with good cuisine in Davos village. The fried "Mistkratzerli" are highly recommended.
Day 5: Wildlife watching
Ibex tour on Parsenn
Ibexes are not only part of the Canton of Grisons’ coat of arms, they are also characteristic of the Parsenn area. Would you like to observe these shy animals? Then join us on an ibex tour!
With the Parsenn cable car to the ibexes
For the day tour, you will meet a hiking guide from "Pur erleben" at 8.00 a.m. at the Parsenn valley station. You won't regret getting up early – promise! After a first overview of the day's schedule, you're ready to see the ibexes. In summer, the animals prefer to stayat higher altitudes. Lunch will be a picnic at a nice location. You will experience an active and unforgettable day and return to the valley with many beautiful memories.
Packing list for the day trip
- Photo camera and binoculars
- Picnic lunch
- Enough to drink
- Sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing
Evening events in Davos
Kulturplatz in Davos offers a wide range of cultural events. In addition to the latest cinema films, relevant topics are highlighted with lectures as well as theatre performances.
Day 6: Mountain biking in Davos
Biking on Jakobshorn
Are you a mountain biking enthusiast? In Davos and Klosters, there are many trails and routes to explore. If you're in Davos for the first time, it's worth taking advantage of the Trail Days. Every Friday and Saturday, a bike guide takes you on a day tour of the trails in the region.
Biking on Jakobshorn
You’ll start your biking day with a few descents on the technical trail. In the upper part, there are some rocky sections to master. On the lower part, the flow trail leads you through the forest and round bends. If you feel confident enough, you can tackle the Jakobshorn—Sertig trail, a beautiful trail in the picturesque Sertig valley. Luckily, there are cable cars, so you can do several runs in one day.
Highlights for bikers
- The Mountain Hotels offer attractive bike packages where bikers stay in bike hotels.
- You will find many more tour suggestions on our webpage
- Every Friday evening, the Kessler Shuttle takes you up to Flüela Pass. From there, you can end the day with a ride on the bike trail down to Färich Adventure and Bike Park in Davos.
Dinner in the evening sun
"Chalet Velo" at Färich Adventure Park is the ideal place for a pleasant and relaxed dinner. Bikers, families and friends all enjoy the good food and cosy atmosphere. At the entrance to Flüela Valley, you can sit outside and treat yourself to a delicious pizza from the restaurant’s wood-fired oven.
Day 7: Events
Concert at Bolgenplaza
After six days of activities, the last day of your holiday can be a little more laid-back. How about sleeping in, followed by a delicious breakfast at Kaffee Klatsch in Davos? If you prefer a little more action, we recommend a scooter ride on Rinerhorn – a fun experience that allows you to enjoy the mountains one last time.
Live concert at Bolgenplaza
In the afternoon, you can sit on the sundeck of Bolgenplaza and listen to live music while sipping on a cool drink. Numerous concerts with great musicians take place in July as part of the Davos Sounds Good Festival.
Evening programme promising fun
Party Davos style: If you want to go out, you should visit the Tijuana Bar or the Music bar Rotliechtli. Fresh drinks and good sound are waiting for you. And while there: The traditional “game of nails” on the "Nagelstock" is a must!
Dinner tip: "Restaurant Ochsen" is famous for its dishes cooked on hot stone. The restaurant is worth a visit for meat lovers and vegetarians alike.
Summer event highlights
- Many more event highlights are taking place in Davos this summer.
The last day of your holidays in Davos always comes much too quickly. We hope you enjoyed your stay here. We look forward to your next visit to the Grisons mountains and wish you a relaxing summer!
Your Davos Klosters Mountains Team