This June we had the great opportunity to go and discover places to go in Graubünden! Graubünden is the biggest province in Switzerland and is all about raw natural beauty! We spent 2 weeks traveling around Graubünden and everywhere we went it was absolutely beautiful! We think this was one of the best trips we’ve ever made and we can’t wait to go back! This post is about the first stop on our Graubünden road trip: the area of Davos Klosters. Get ready for a region with a huge choice in hiking trails, pretty wooden villages, yellow flower fields and a breathtaking mountain pass!
Davos and Klosters are two towns next to each other surrounded by beautiful mountain peaks. The two towns are quite different; Davos is a city like destination whereas idyllic Klosters is a pretty Alpine village with lots of old wooden Walser houses. Davos is the highest town in Europe (1560m). People used to come here to recover from lung illnesses because of the clean air up in the mountains. The treatment consisted of lots of sleep on the terraces accompanied by drinking the local wines! We like the sound of that! Nowadays Davos is a bigger town with all the facilities you might need. During our 3 nights in Davos we stayed at the Davos Youthpalace. Up until this point we never stayed in such a fancy youth hostel. A great thing about this place is that they brew their own craft beers!
We went to Graubünden in early June, which resulted in pretty snow leftovers and few tourists. The downside was that not all the cable cars were open. Most of them start running at the end of June. The cable cars to Madrisa (1887m), Rinerhorn (2053) and Goschnaboden (1779m) were open and of course we tried them all out. If you stay at a hotel in Davos you get a card with which the cable cars and also the public transport systems are absolutely free (except for during the winter season)!
Monstein is a small Walser village in the area of Davos Klosters. You’ll find beautiful old wooden houses and the highest-altitude beer brewery in Europe: Monstein Beer. Unfortunately the brewery was closed when we were there, but we did get to try some of their beers. Our favorites were the Monsteiner WätterGuoge Beer (Bock) and the Monsteiner Häusträffel (Hefeweizen).
Dürrboden is a small settlement at the back of the Dischmatal. It is quite difficult to reach by car (not impossible) but you can also take the bus from Davos or Klosters. We’ve walked the trail to the Scalettapass. You’ll find some small rivers, snowy mountains and a beautiful overview of the valley.
A beautiful photogenic spot is Sertig. You should especially go here when all the flowers are in bloom. Sertig is reachable by bus or by car over a narrow road. From Sertig Dörfli you can walk to a waterfall or hike a panorama trail with a view over this tiny village.
One of the most beautiful mountain passes we have seen is the Flüela pass. When we were here it was still partly covered in snow resulting in breathtaking views. You’ll find lots of little parking spaces along the pass where you can stop and enjoy the view. At the top of the mountain pass (2600m) is a (frozen) lake. In the summer you can find some amazing hikes from this pass to its surroundings, we think the Flüela Pass is a must see when visiting the area of Davos Klosters! As you can see from the amount of photos, we’ve been there several times 😉
There are lots of hiking trails around Davos and Klosters. There are actually so many that it might be quite difficult to choose which one of those hikes you’d like to do! We’ll definitely come back to do some hikes we weren’t able to do this time. Check here to see the big hiking map of Davos Klosters for yourself!
The next stop on our Graubünden road trip was Engadin St. Moritz! We will soon post a blogpost about this area!
Curious how Graubünden looks like in winter? Check our post about Laax here!