Lake Saint Moritz, St Moritz, Switzerland

St. Moritz is one of the most famous holiday destinations in the world. Its name is trademark protected and synonymous worldwide with style, elegance and class.The legendary Maloja wind means that the Upper Engadin can host sailing regattas, even during the height of summer. And if there’s a lull early in the morning: go for a row!

At an altitude of 1,800 metres above sea level, the Upper Engadin lakes tend to offer ideal wind conditions. Ranging between 3 and 6 on the Beaufort scale, the Maloja wind picks up during the morning and keeps on blowing until the sun sets. It fills sails on Lake St. Moritz too, which turns into a watersports arena in summer with an impressive panorama of the St. Moritz skyline and the surrounding mountains. But that’s not all: thanks to the valley’s southern light, you could be forgiven for thinking you were sailing on the open ocean.

Some places on earth are simply unlike anywhere else. The mere mention of their name is strangely compelling and brings to mind all manner of stunning imagery. You may or may not be a fan – but you can’t deny their other-worldly appeal. St. Moritz is one such place. It’s a classic holiday destination. For it was here, 1,856 metres above sea level, in the heart of the spectacular Upper Engadin lakes district, that the notion of winter holidays was born. This Alpine village has also hosted the Winter Olympics on two occasions. The first electric light, the first skiing school and Switzerland’s first electric tram are among the other pioneering feats in St. Moritz’s long list of achievements. And yet: St. Moritz originally rose to prominence due to its mineral springs, which have been attracting visitors for around 3,000 years.

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