Davos is not a cosy holiday resort, but a town. It is not beautiful, but it has a peculiar fascination. Writers such as Thomas Mann succumbed to it, as did the expressionist artist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. The architecture of the Alpine town is characterised by profit, but in between there are pearls – from the modern age as well as from more recent times. A hike high above the city makes the phenomenon tangible.
By Reto Westermann
The summer season lasts from the 6th May to 29th of October 2023. You can find the funicular timetable here.
Below please find the description of two scenic hiking trails:
Schatzalp – Wolfgangpass trail
From the Schatzalp the trail leads past the Strelaalp restaurant and continues through the uppermost parts of the forest, past fir trees and centuries-old larches on a moderate incline across alpine pastures to the former valley station of the ski lift. Above the station the area flattens out and soon you reach the mountain house Strelapass. From here the almost horizontal panoramic path runs at an average altitude of 2300 m.a.s.l. One of the most rewarding and comfortable walks ever. The trail then descends via Stützalp to the Wolfgangpass.
Davos Panoramaweg – Gotschnagrat to Schatzalp
A cable car ride to Gotschnagrat leads to the start of the Davos Panoramaweg, a trail traversing high above the Davos Valley with amazing views of the surrounding peaks.
From the overlook the trail travels through meadows between 2200 m.a.s.l. and 2300 m.a.s.l. with unobstructed views of the summits rising above the Davos Valley and three long side valleys extending southeast. Various viewpoints and benches beckon hikers to stop and take in the scenery.
The traditional Panoramaweg trail visits Strela Pass before descending on moderately-steep grades to the funicular at Schatzalp. Alternatively, cut the trail short by descending to the middle station of the Weissfluhjoch funicular or extend the day by hiking to the wind swept Latschuelfurgga saddle before dropping down to Schatzalp.
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