Holidays in Klosters

The two-part village of Klosters combines laid-back alpine cool with a storied history and family-friendly mountain parks

Klosters was founded by the Premonstratensian priests who built a monastery here several centuries ago. By the 20th century, it had become a different sort of escape – a winter hideaway for the rich and famous, including the British royals, Audrey Hepburn and Gene Kelly (the guest books in the hotels and bars contain some of the most entertaining stories in town!). In summer, Klosters returns to its roots as a farming village, surrounded by working orchards, vineyards and farmsteads. The Landquart river runs through it all, with creeks and streams that keep the valley emerald-green – a super scenic backdrop to a Klosters walking holiday.  

Klosters Platz: the heart of Klosters

Klosters Platz is the centre of the village. The Reformed church marks the oldest part of town, sat on the foundations of the 13th-century monastery that gave Klosters its name. Pop your head in to admire the stained glass windows by Augusto Giacometti, one of Switzerland’s first abstract painters. The rest of the rambling streets make for an interesting wander, too. Nutli-Hüschi is a farmhouse museum that tells the story of the German-speaking Walser people who emigrated here in the 14th century. You’ll also notice that restaurant menus lean towards alpine fare, including barley soup, smoked salmon, meatballs, potato rösti and cheesy raclette.

Legendary Swiss trains and cable cars

Klosters’ main station is at Klosters Platz, with trains to Davos, St. Moritz and beyond. From St. Moritz you can hop aboard the iconic Bernina Express for one of the most spectacular – and one of the highest – train journeys in the world. Cable cars also take you to great heights. The lift from Klosters Platz glides to the top of Gotschnagrat and its restaurant. Walks from here include the Davos Panoramic Trail – a high-rise hike above the west side of the valley, with views over mighty peaks and glaciers.

Klosters Dorf: for family holidays

Klosters has a second train station at Klosters Dorf (AKA Klosters village - the second half of the town). It’s just a few minutes’ walk away from the cable car that goes up the Madrisa mountain to Switzerland’s largest mountain adventure park - Madrisa Land. Kids can launch themselves full throttle into bouldering, slacklines, lake obstacle courses and hiking trails dotted with clues and puzzles.

Visit Davos

Nearby Davos is a famous mountain city with a small-town feel, and it's just a half-hour train journey south of Klosters. Peruse its shops, cafés and museums to find out more about its history as a world-class research centre and artists’ retreat. There’s a lake for sailing, windsurfing, swimming and waterside walks. Davos is also home to an Adventure Park, which gets kids zooming through the forests of the Flüela Valley on zip lines and high ropes courses.

Why book a summer holiday in Klosters 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 Klosters 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 discounted travel on mountain railways and lifts plus some free local buses and trains

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 Klosters

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 Klosters

Klosters 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. Klosters Platz and Klosters Dorf has its own train stations, 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 200. There are plenty of bus stops that are easily accessible on foot, which can transport you around Klosters. There is also a PostBus service which goes between Davos and Klosters.

Once in Davos the routes within zone 400 and 410 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 Klosters

Parsenn to Gotschna panorama trail

  • Moderate walk
  • 7.2km
  • Expect to take around two to three hours

Starting at the Parsenn mid-station you’ll head along the mountain range towards the Gotschnagrat, a mountain overlooking Klosters in the canton of Graubünden. Treat yourself along the way with a break in the Parsennhütte, before heading back off along the panoramic high-altitude route.

Madrisaalp to Klosters Dorf via Schlappin

  • Moderate walk
  • 8.7km
  • Expect to take three to four hours

After taking the gondola up the Madrisa Mountain you can start your descent back down. Here you will face wide open fields and a grand backdrop before reaching the stunning blue lake in Schlappin. Once most of the downhill has taken place, you can stroll along the Schlappinbach stream back to Klosters Dorf.

Selfranga and Aeuja loop

  • Moderate walk
  • 12.2km
  • Expect to take around four hours

This is one of the hidden gems you can reach from Klosters, a route that isn't overly populated, making it ideal for an undisturbed experience. Starting from the village you can set foot south in the direction of Davos, before diverting off on the circular route. There will be plenty of places for a pit-stop, such as the mountain restaurant in Selfranga.

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 Klosters 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 Klosters

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Hotel Silvretta Park Klosters Exterior

The cosy Silvretta Park Hotel sits just 400 metres from the Gotschna lift, giving easy access to mountain adventures. Traditional in style and with a homely feel, it boasts beautiful views of the surrounding glaciers, and is a great option for families.

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Hotel Sport Klosters 2020 Hallenbad Hotelfotograf.Ch Jeronimo Vilaplana 02

The excellent hotel sport is known for its outstanding facilities and hospitality. It's a great choice for families, with plenty of activities for all ages. It's a short bus ride to the mountain lifts, and there's a bus stop just 40 metres away.

Travel information

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

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

On arrival into Klosters station, there will be a hotel shuttle or taxi to 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 15 minutes by rail. Your journey involves two changes of trains.

On arrival into Klosters 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 Klosters, 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 Klosters will be by train. The journey takes around three hours 15 minutes and will require three changes of train.

On arrival into Klosters 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 15 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 given to you by your hotel, and from the morning after you arrive, you'll receive discounts on a wide range of cultural, sporting, family and sightseeing activities including some free local transportation (train and buses) and heavily discounted mountain lifts.

It adds excellent value to your Klosters 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 Klosters

Things to do in Klosters

Klosters has a selection of shops and cafés, and the local Rhäetian railway connects guests to Davos in only 20 minutes or to destinations such as the Swiss National Park and the Engadine valley.

Hiking and Nordic walking

Hiking poles may be needed for some of these walks, as the region has a 700-kilometre-long network of hiking routes - covering sunny side valleys, mountain peaks and alpine forests. For more gentle walks, take a stroll on wide paths from the village, or take a bus to Davosersee for an easy route around the lake. It's also a popular spot for Nordic walking, and you can rent Nordic walking poles locally.

Mountain biking

Within Davos Klosters, six lifts including funiculars allow mountain bikes to be taken inside, meaning you can reach high peaks quickly and efficiently, saving all your energy for the downhill run. From here, many single trails, graded by difficulty allow you to explore this biking paradise. Or, grab an e-bike to complete one of the uphill tours.

Ride the famous Bernina Express panoramic train

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.

Strandbad Klosters outdoor swimming

Soak up the sun on a warm day at the Klosters swimming pool. This large complex has a combination of lane swimming, diving pool, shallow splash pool and a swimming lake. You’ll also have access to on-site facilities and family friendly activities like a mini waterslide, climbing wall and playground. Or, just enjoy the fresh air as you relax on the bathing lawn.

Klosters golf course

Head to the Golf club Klosters, where the nine-hole course is beautifully laid out, stretching perfectly managed greens just above the village height – making great views alongside your game. Make sure to not hit the ball in the bunker though.

Paragliding

Put your harness, sunglasses and helmet on and head to the skies as you descend from the Jakobshorn mountain, close to Davos. Experience weightlessness and freedom as you float over the valley, a wonderful and thrilling experience for all adrenaline seekers.

Museums

Make your way to Davos, where the Kirchner Museum celebrates work of artist Ernst Kirchner - a vibrant exhibition. Or, the Davos Heritage Museum with the original wooden mill is a must for any history or geography enthusiast. Use your included Davos Klosters Premium Card to get discounted entry too.

Restaurants in and around Klosters

Klosters has a few beautiful industrial chic or traditional alpine restaurants to choose from in the evenings. Or, maybe you prefer to fill up at lunch time, in which the mountain restaurants like the Berghaus Alpenrösli serve top quality locally sourced food – delicious to say the least.

Davos Schatzalp Alpine Botanical Garden

Take a visit to the Alpine Botanical Garden Schatzalp, where there are 118 acres of forest and mountain pastures and five acres of beautiful gardens. The themed alpine gardens have names including belle époque, historical, Thomas Mann square and 'Guggerbachtal' (valley of the Guggerbach river), each with a different collection of plants - representing various areas of life. In total, the gardens are home to over 5,000 species of plant, with many hiking trails where the stunning flowers are blossoming.

Festivals and events

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

Davos Klosters Summer Programme

The Davos Klosters Summer Programme has activities and hikes throughout summer which normally includes 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 and equipment rental may be required).

Family activities in Klosters

The region around Klosters and Davos (just 20 minutes away by train) is a paradise for families, and young adventurers will find plenty of exciting things to do.

Enjoy playtime in 12 adventure playgrounds

Children will love the play area at top of the Madrisa lift, with trampoline, bouldering wall, climbing tree, water games, slack line and more fun things to try. At the bottom of the Madrisa lift, there's swings, slides, a seesaw and climbing tower, plus the Silvrettapark playground in the village with ropeway and more. 

Over in nearby Davos, there's more fun to be had with numerous playgrounds at village level, as well as on the Rinerhorn and Schatzalp, where you'll find the exciting summer toboggan run and natural play elements in the forest.

Davos Adventure Park

Adventurers of all ages and abilities will feel the adrenaline buzz of this impressive high ropes and cycling park which is perfect for an active and exciting day out. There's five high ropes courses, each with eight stations of varying difficulty plus a special children's course for ages four to eight.

The pump track and mountain bike park are fun for biking, and there's a skate park too - hire of bikes and skateboards is available. In addition, there's two children's playgrounds, plus a barbeque area and the Chalet Velo restaurant for when everyone gets hungry. 

Swimming and water sports

Water-lovers will be happy here, from a refreshing dip in a mountain lake and stand up paddling on Lake Davos, to splashing around in the Klosters Lido, where there's a water slide, diving pool and children's pool with water games.

Older children and teens will enjoy river rafting, wind or kite surfing or wakeboarding.

Explore on two wheels

The mountains are just as fun to explore on a bike as they are on foot, so rent a bike for a day and have some fun. Or say goodbye to tiring uphill and hire an e-bike for a more relaxed ride. Bike hire including children's bikes are available in both Klosters and Davos. 

Great family friendly hotels

In addition to all of the fantastic family activities in the Klosters and Davos region, our Klosters hotels are brilliant for a family holiday and offer yet more to do. 

At the Hotel Sport, there's an indoor pool with separate children's pool, indoor sports room with basketball hoops and football nets, outdoor tennis courts, mini golf, a children's playground and a bowling alley (payable locally).

At the Silvretta Park, there's a large indoor pool, billiards and table tennis, bowling alley (payable locally) and a children's playroom. 

Excursions

BOOKABLE LOCALLY

Graubünden Pass

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

This pass gives you 5 days unlimited FREE 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 extra)

Bernina Express to Tirano - a UNESCO world heritage site*

An UNESCO world heritage railway from CHF70, daily from the closest station Filisur.
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 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.

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 Klosters station (approx. 15 hours from London St. Pancras)

Transfer time: approx. 2 hours 15 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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