Summer holidays in Davos - a place for thinkers, thrill seekers and explorers - all bundled into one of the highest cities in the Alps

Davos has welcomed wanderers for centuries and it's the perfect spot for a summer holiday in the Swiss mountains. It’s known as Tavau in Romansh - the language of the people who founded the town in the Middle Ages. Several centuries later, it was reinvented as a mountain health resort that cared for the likes of Robert Louis Stevenson and became a centre for speed skating and ice hockey in the snow-laden winters. Come summer, the mountain slopes shed their snow and it’s the turn of the hikers and bikers. Walking holidays to Davos are your chance to explore some of the 700 kilometres’ worth of trails around here – as well as the local rail network which includes the incomparably scenic Bernina Express.

Davos: the little city determined to change the world

Davos has always been a little place with big ambitions, going from Middle Age village to star-studded health resort to a darling of the ski world. These days, it hosts the World Economic Forum and is home to world-class research centres for everything from allergies to avalanches. And yet it still feels like a small town. You can walk from one end of Davos to the other in less than an hour… if you manage to resist the art galleries, restaurants, spas, historic forest cemetery and lake in-between, that is.

Easy escapes into nature

You don’t have to go far to get out into nature. The Landwasser river runs through Davos and the lake glimmers at the city’s northern edge - peacock-blue waters filled with sailing boats, wakeboarders, pedalos and paddle boarders. Stroll the water’s edge to admire the forested foothills and mountains layered beyond. Footpaths and a funicular clamber up to the Schatzalp alpine gardens, which showcase herbs, kitchen vegetables, wildflowers and botanical plants from around the world - as well as beautiful views and walking trails, of course.

Walser valleys and historic wine routes

For adventures a little further afield, jump aboard the buses and distinctive scarlet trains that chug through the green valleys. You can choose from easy valley rambles such as Sertig - where the Walser people settled in the 13th century, building distinctive wooden farmsteads that are still working farms today - or choose a more challenging hike to see the lakes set high in the wild glacial valleys.

The long-distance Via Valtellina route also runs through Davos. This vital pack mule route once kept towns en route supplied with wine from the Valtellina region over the Italian border. The section that runs south from Davos leads through peaceful valleys and – if you’re feeling energetic – to the Scaletta Pass, the highest point of the route at just over 2,000 metres. These trails are also a hit with mountain bikers; in fact, the Davos region is one of the best places for mountain biking in Switzerland.

The Flüela Valley: from families to sunset chasers

Davos Adventure Park lays out zip lines, high ropes and tree-top challenges amongst the forests at the mouth of the Flüela Valley, along with pump tracks and a skatebowl. Continue up the valley, and you’ll come across a high mountain pass that marks the drainage divide between the Rhine and Danube rivers. It’s spectacular up there at any time of day, but really shines at sunrise and sunset.

The Flüela Pass is also the start of walks to the Jöriseen lakes – bright turquoise jewels set into dramatically bleak mountain plateaus. Alternatively, hop on a bike and pedal to the scenic hut at Alp Sardasca, cutting down a three-hour hike to a 1.5-hour bike ride. Best of all, the zoom back downhill only takes 45 minutes.

Why book a summer holiday in Davos with Inghams?

At Inghams, we do walking holidays differently. With no fixed itinerary, you have more time in your destination and the freedom to walk as much or as little as you like, discovering some of the Graubünden region's best walking routes and activities at your own pace.

With over 85 years of outdoor travel experience, our holiday packages to Davos include flights, transfers, and accommodation, so you can relax and leave the small details to us. Our experts can help you choose the best holiday for you, and our team overseas can give you the inside scoop on how to spend your time away with us.

Added value

Half price rail, bus and boat travel with the Swiss Half Fare Card (worth over £100 per person)

Free Premium Card - resort card offering some free and some discounted travel on local mountain railways, lifts and buses

Swiss Family Card Included - free travel for children under 16 on mainline trains/buses/boats in Switzerland when accompanied by a parent

24/7 support & tailored advice from our local resort team

All holidays include flights or trains from the UK and train transfers

Walking in and around Davos

On an Inghams walking holiday, you have the freedom to explore the area at your own pace. Each day, a new adventure, with as much or as little walking as you like.

Why we love walking holidays in Davos

There are around 700 kilometres of marked walking trails in the Davos Klosters region, offering a fabulous range of walks to suit all abilities and tastes. The vast walking area which covers both sides of the valley is accessed easily by cable-car or funicular from the village centres and the Davos Klosters Premium Card makes using the lifts much cheaper so you can explore the stunning terrain and get to the best view points, really easily.

Guided walks

The Davos Klosters Summer Guest Programme includes some guided hikes, and you can use your Davos Klosters Premium Card for a reduced rate to join. You can also visit the Tourist Office website to sign up to further guided walks - these need to be arranged directly with the Tourist Office two weeks in advance which can be done online.

Getting around Davos

Davos has a great network of public transport and lifts that make getting around the area really easy.

Lifts

There are several lifts and funiculars that operate in the area and you can get a discounted rate when presenting your included Davos Klosters Premium Card (provided to you by your hotel).

  • Madrisa, Klosters (normally open 15 Jun - 20 Oct)
  • Parsenn, Klosters (first section normally open on weekends from 15 Jun, and both sections every day from 22 Jun - 13 Oct)
  • Parsenn, Davos (first and second section normally open on weekends from 22 Jun, every day from 29 Jun – 5 Jul and then the third section from 6 Jul - 6 Oct)
  • Schatzalpbahn, Davos (normally open from 10 May - 27 Oct)
  • Jakobshorn, Davos (first section normally open on weekends from 8 Jun, first and second section normally open on weekends from 15 Jun, and both sections every day from 22 Jun - 20 Oct)
  • Rinerhorn, Davos (normally open on weekends from 8 Jun, and every day from 15 Jun - 20 Oct)
  • Pischa, Davos - closed in summertime

Subject to change.

Trains

With an incredible rail system, you can use your included Swiss Half Fare Card to get up to 50% off journeys across Switzerland. Davos Platz has its own train station, meaning you can access nearby areas and valleys to unlock a whole new range of hiking paths, family trails or village walks.

Using your Davos Klosters Premium Card you also qualify for free 2nd class travel on the Rhaetian railway between Klosters Dorf, Davos and Filisur.

Buses

Using your included Davos Klosters Premium Card you have free access to the extensive public transport network system within zone 400 and 410. There are plenty of bus stops that are easily accessible on foot, which can transport you between Davos Platz and Davos Dorf, as well as a PostBus service that operates to Klosters.

Once in Klosters the routes within zone 200 are also included in your premium card, meaning you can easily access lift stations used to reach hiking start and end points.

Our favourite walks in and around Davos

Lake Davos

  • Easy walk
  • 4km
  • Expect to take around one hour

Enjoy a nice stroll around the lake, a simple circular walk close to Davos. This beautiful area is perfect for a short walk, or you can extend the route on various paths and trails to increase the distance and elevation. Although a popular walking area, the quiet atmosphere makes this a peaceful walk for all.

Schatzalp waterfall trail

  • Moderate walk
  • 2.9km
  • Expect to take around one hour

Explore the Schatzalp, known as the magic mountain above Davos. Check out the waterfalls and fast flowing streams on the mountain range, with zigzag paths winding through the forest – perfect for wildlife spotting too.

Rinerhorn

  • Moderate walk
  • 8.5km
  • Expect to take around three hours

This point-to-point route takes you from Glaris down to Monstein. With incredible views and non-stop sights over the valley, you'll pass over grassy fields and down gravelled paths. Whichever way you complete the walk, the restaurant at the end is perfect for tasting the local food. Stop off at the Monstein brewery and sample their homemade beer, bread, cheese, meat and selection of drinks and keep a look out for the cattle that roam free too.

Useful information and guidelines

Recommended equipment

Suitable walking shoes with good grip, appropriate clothing, rain jacket, sun cream, sun glasses, rucksack, at least a litre of water, a re-usable water bottle, a snack and cash. You may find walking poles useful.

Walking maps and apps

For Davos we recommend picking up a walking map from the tourist office. Maps will have a key to help you understand the nature of the walk before you begin. You can often find these from the hotel reception area too.

Hiking guidelines

The mountains are a natural paradise, with lots to explore and discover. To help it stay that way, and remain an enjoyable and safe place for everyone, we recommend following our little list of do's and don'ts:

  • Plan your route well and don't overestimate yourself
  • Check the weather forecast
  • Tell someone where you're planning to walk and what time you're expecting to be back
  • Take all the recommended equipment
  • Make a note of emergency numbers:
    • Swiss Emergency Services: 144
  • Don't leave the marked trails or go onto a glacier without a guide
  • Let nature stay wild by not picking alpine flowers (it's illegal in some places) or getting close to/making contact with wild animals
  • Always leave gates as you found them
  • Leave no trace

Check out our Responsible Walking insider guide if you want more tips for your summer walking holiday.

Hotels in Davos

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This Davos institution has been welcoming guests since 1869 - a beautiful hotel offering traditional architecture, contemporary facilities, and a relaxing stay. It's close to the Parsennbahn lift, and has a lovely spa where you can unwind at the end of the day. 

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Conveniently located between Davos Dorf and Davos Platz, this hotel is ideal for keen mountain hikers or village explorers. You also have free access to its fitness and wellness area too. 

Travel information

All our holidays include return travel either by flight or train, and then a transfer between the airport or railway station and Davos.

All departures are on Saturdays, Wednesdays or Fridays with stays from three - 14 nights.

On arrival into Davos station, there will be a hotel shuttle to taxi take you to your hotel.

Travel by air

Flights to Zurich airport are available from five UK airports.

Flights to Zurich:

Fly from

Days

Durations

Gatwick

Wed, Fri, Sat

3 - 14

Heathrow

Wed, Fri, Sat

3 - 14

London City

Wed, Fri

5, 7, 9, 12, 14

Birmingham

Fri

7, 14

Manchester

Wed, Fri

5, 7, 9, 12, 14

Transfer time from Zurich airport: approx. two hours 45 minutes by rail. Your journey involves two changes of trains.

On arrival into Davos station there will be a hotel shuttle or taxi to take you to your hotel.

Flight supplements may apply and are based on seven nights of midweek/weekend departures. 

Travel by train

We offer holidays by train to Davos, which depart on Saturdays for seven or 14 days. The journey takes around 15 hours from London St. Pancras and you'll be able to enjoy the change of scenery out of the train window as you journey through France and into the Alps of Switzerland.

The provisional outbound timings are:

Saturdays

Arrive

Depart

London St Pancras

-

07:01

Change at Paris

10:20 (Gare du Nord)

14:22 (from Paris Gare du Lyon)

Change at Basel

17:26

onward travel by train

Onward travel from Basel: the transfer from Basel to Davos will be by train. The journey takes around three hours 45 minutes and will require three changes of train.

On arrival into Davos station, there will be a hotel shuttle or taxi to take you to your hotel.

For your return journey, you will travel back to Basel on Saturday morning by train. The journey takes around three hours 45 minutes and will require three changes of train.

The provisional inbound timings from Basel are:

Saturdays

Arrive

Depart

Basel

travel to Basel by train

14:34

Change at Paris

17:38 (Gare du Lyon)

19:12 (Gare du Nord)

London St. Pancras

20:30

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Swiss Half Fare Card

The Swiss transport network is an excellent combination of trains, mountain railways, cable-cars, boats and buses that make it a pleasure to get around and explore at your own pace. 

Swiss Half Fare Card included for all Inghams guests

The Swiss Half Fare Card is included in the price of your holiday and is sent to you as part of your rail transfer tickets. This card can be used around Switzerland for up to 50% discount on various modes of transport - so make sure you keep it with you. It also gives free travel to children from 6 to 15 years old, when accompanied by a parent with the Family Card.

Davos Klosters Premium Card - included

The Davos Klosters Premium Card is great for walkers and nature lovers offering free or discounted fares on public transport or lifts and discounted participation in numerous activities and events in the region. It adds excellent value to your Davos holiday and includes:

  • Free travel (2nd class) on the Rhaetian railway between Klosters Dorf, Davos and Filisur
  • Free or discounted local bus travel
  • Discounted use of mountain railways/lifts
  • Discounted participation in various activities on the Davos Klosters guest summer programme
  • Free or discounted entry to various attractions throughout the area

Subject to change.

Things to do in Davos

Things to do in Davos

Walking

Footpaths, trails, pavements or rocky inclines? You choose. If you're looking for a nice gentle walk, then the 2.5 mile Lake Davos circular is a walk in the park. Or, for something a bit shorter but more of a challenge, the Schatzalp waterfall loop will have you on a steeper route. With around 700 kilometres of marked trails in the area, this is a hiker's paradise.

Cycling

Davos Klosters is known as the single-track paradise of the Alps. Here there's lots of alpine passes and mountain trails, so hold on to your handlebars tight, you're in for a ride. Looking for a moderate ride? Then the Flüela Valley trails from Davos bike park Färich are incredible leg burners, or hop on the “Bike Shuttle Davos” to help with the ascent.

Kirchner Museum in Davos

Step into the world of art as you see how Ernst Kirchner expressed his thoughts through paintings. These vibrant masterpieces are a must see when visiting Davos. With more than 1,400 art works by the creator himself, you can unlock a cultural experience at just a little cost.

Davos Heritage museum

Visit the original wooden mill at the Grossen Jenatschhaus, an old house from the 16th century. Covering tradition, history and culture, you'll explore how Davos has transformed from a farming village to a spa and sports town, popular for congress too.

Mountain railways and the famous Bernina Express

You can enjoy a ride in the Parsenn funicular, climbing to 2,693 metres high, via two stages to the Weissfluhjoch. Here you will experience breathtaking views as far as Piz Kesch and 60 kilometres to the south.

For the real wow factor, take the scenic Bernina Express Panoramic Train, which rolls through jaw-dropping scenery and over famous landmarks like the Landwasser Viaduct all the way to Tirano in Italy - a spectacular route that's easily completed there and back in a day from Filisur, not far from Davos.

Culinary experiences

The Clavadeler Alp cheese factory or the Monstein brewery are both within easy reach and worthy of a visit. Davos Klosters is home to over 140 restaurants, meaning you can opt for a cosy inn one night, to a gourmet fine dining experience the next. Try some of the local delicacies like Salsiz and Bündnerfleisch - both are air-dried meats, popular in the Graubünden region.

Nine-hole alpine golf

Golf Club Klosters may be little when it comes to golf courses, however it is mighty in location. This super friendly club has beautiful greens and a stunning mountainous backdrop. It’s a great outdoors activity for a summer's day, so it's time to get some chipping in.

Schatzalp toboggan run

Take in the 360-degree views as you speed down the 2.5-kilometre run, covering a 240-metre drop in altitude. This activity is family friendly too, for anyone over the age of six. Who says adults can't have fun as well?

Shopping along the Davos promenade

If you're looking for a bit of retail therapy, then Davos promenade is a fantastic place to visit during your stay. With a range of sports shops, boutiques, international brands, hand crafts, Swiss watch and jewellery shops, you have plenty to choose from. You can even grab one of the historical posters from many shops, a popular souvenir when travelling to Davos.

Davos Schatzalp Alpine Botanical Garden

The Alpine Botanical Garden Schatzalp has five acres of gardens and 118 acres of forest and mountain pastures. The alpine gardens are themed, with names including belle époque, historical, Thomas Mann square and 'Guggerbachtal' (valley of the Guggerbach river) - each with a different collection of plants and representing various areas of life. In total, the gardens are home to over 5,000 species of plant from all over the world, with a focus on species like Edelweiss, Enzian, Peonies, Larkspur, Monkshood, Spurg, wild Geranium, Bellflower and many others from high altitude landscapes of our world. 

Davos Klosters Summer programme

The Davos Klosters Summer programme of activities and hikes throughout summer including weekly guided bike tours, tennis, windsurfing, a tour of highest-altitude Monstein brewery, E-biking, bowling, dairy visits and more. Your Davos Klosters Premium Card may get you discounts on some activities (subject to change, some supplements may apply for equipment etc. and some activities will be payable locally).

Festivals

  • Davos Sounds Good: jazz festival with some free concerts (normally around 6 - 13 Jul)
  • Davos Music Festival: classical music by young artists (normally around 3 - 17 Aug)
  • Swiss alpine Marathon (normally around 26 Jul)
Family activities in Davos

Family activities in Davos

Pram-friendly hiking trails

Even the smallest adventurers can enjoy the fresh air and mountain views. There are plenty of pram-friendly routes in and around Davos Klosters. Take a stroll from Davos Platz to Davos Frauenkirch on the gentle one-hour Dammweg Islen trail, or head up the gondola to the Jakobshorn for an easy 7-kilometre stroll down the mountain on wide paths.

Themed paths and trails

Let the little detectives loose as they take on the Davos foxtrail. Come across lots of easy routes ranging from as little as 0.4 kilometres to over 13 kilometres, on one of the eight GWunderwald nature trails. With interactive courses, information boards, and fun obstacles along the way, children will love these walks.

Playgrounds

Children will be in their element as the nearby parks provide exceptional theming and fun equipment for all ages. The Spielplatz Davos Kurpark is a vibrant insect themed park, or the Eichhörnchen is an enchanted fox and squirrel play village. Whether in the town or on the mountain, you won't run out of playgrounds to visit here.

Adventure Park

The rope park at the base of the Flüela pass offers five courses, covering high wires and cycling parks. Harness up as you brave the climbing walls, elevated logs, zip-lines and tricky obstacles. The main courses are for children aged seven plus who are at least 1.30 metres tall, and a smaller adventurer's course is available too, for kids aged four and above.

Bike pumptracks

If the kids love a thrill, they'll have endless fun at the Davos pumptracks. Davos Adventure Park has small pump tracks for beginners, and larger dirt tracks for keen bikers and teens. You might even have a future mountain bike champion on the cards after practising their biking techniques here.

Scootering

This unique piece of equipment has mountain grade wheels, but in a scooter form – almost like a cross between a scooter and bike. Head to the Madrisa Monster trail if your children are 13 or older, or for little ones the Madrisa scooter trail is more friendly and less intense. Don't forget your helmet.

Disc golf

Head to the Flüela Valley, where the course at Tschuggen combines frisbee with target obstacles. The aim of the game is to score in the smallest amount of tries – just like golf. There are 18 baskets, so you will pick up the skill as you go.

Mini golf

Will you be first to get a hole-in-one? Make your way with the kids to the Hotel Waldhuus Davos for a game of mini-golf. This nine-hole course opened in summer 2023, so why not take to the challenge and see who has the best precision skills.

Aquatic centre eau-là-là

For days when the weather is clouded over, or you just fancy a change of scenery, head to the indoor pleasure pool at the aquatic centre. Children can zoom down the 80-metre “black hole” slide or jump off the diving boards. There is also a large indoor and outdoor pool, with an on-site bistro to grab a sandwich at the end of all the fun.

Excursions

Bookable locally

Graubünden Pass

5 days within 14 days, from CHF131 (2nd class)

This pass gives you 5 days unlimited travel on regional trains and buses, a great value way to explore further afield including:

  • Day trips to nearby places of interest of Arosa, Lenzerheide, historic Chur and St. Moritz
  • A journey on the wonderful Bernina Express train route to Tirano in Italy (seat reservation costs extra)

Bernina Express to Tirano - a UNESCO world heritage site*

An UNESCO world heritage railway from CHF70, daily
A wonderful rail excursion over the Bernina Pass via dramatic mountain passes, cool glaciers, and the sunny Poschiavo valley to Tirano in Italy (seat reservation costs extra).

Mountain village of Arosa*

From CHF34, daily
Take a train ride to the mountain village of Arosa, perhaps stopping in the old town of Chur on the way back.

Glamorous St. Moritz*

From CHF23, daily
Visit this world-famous and lively resort, which lies on a sunny terrace of the beautiful Engadine Valley - the train journey is spectacular!

*Bookable locally - price for guidance only. Prices shown include Swiss Half Fare Card discount.

Please note that we act at all times as selling agent for the suppliers of activities & excursions.

Prices and supplements are correct at time of publishing but may vary up or down; correct prices will be advised at the time of booking.

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Combining stays in three contrasting areas of Switzerland, this 3 centre independent rail holiday gives you a fantastic overview of Switzerland’s varied scenery and also includes a journey on one of the most famous train lines in the world – the dramatic ‘Glacier Express’.

Good to know

Walking trails: Around 700km of walking trails and easy access to neighbouring villages and lifts

Terrain: Diverse mountainous terrain from Alpine meadows and forests to rugged peaks

Best time to go: start of June to mid September. It can get hot in July and August but heading up the lifts is a great way to cool off

Recommended for: Walkers of all abilities, families, nature, activities

Arrive into: Zurich airport (approx. 2 hours), or Davos station (approx. 15 hours from London St. Pancras)

Transfer time: approx. 2 hours 45 mins (from Zurich) by train (journey will require changes of train)

24/7 Support and advice: Over the phone from our local resort team

Resort card: Swiss Half Fare Card included for all hotels

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