Travelling to, and being on, the Schatzalp is a fascinating journey back in time, featuring highlights such as the historic Schatzalp Hotel and an alpine landscape that served as inspiration for a novel published in 1924.
Established in 1900 as a sanatorium for tuberculosis patients, the Schatzalp Hotel was the scene of Thomas Mann’s novel “The Magic Mountain”. Today, the hotel exudes a cosy ambience – and is a great place for skiers, nature lovers and movie fans.
Nice and slow
As the name suggests, tranquility prevails in the “Slow Mountain“ ski region. The leisurely slopes are ideal for children and for skiers who enjoy easy runs. The ride up the mountain is literally steeped in history: commissioned in 1899, the Schatzalp funicular was the first in Switzerland to be used for winter sports. Perched up high, at 2,352 m a.s.l., the nostalgic “Strela Pass“ restaurant pampers visitors with culinary delights and impressive vistas of Davos.
A botanical miracle
In summer, a visit to the “Alpinum“ botanical garden should not be missed. It encompasses 5,000 species from every corner of the globe, including New Zealand, Nepal and Tibet. The garden is the responsibility of expert gardener Klaus Oetjen who describes his work as follows: ”I spend the winter looking for plants and the summer cultivating them. Today, our garden is home to the world’s largest Edelweiss collection with as many as sixty different varieties.”
Hollywood in Grisons
The breathtaking beauty of the Schatzalp has also drawn the attention of Hollywood directors. In 2014, Oscar winner Paolo Sorrentino shot scenes for his hit movie “Youth“, starring Rachel Weisz and Jane Fonda, in the Schatzalp Hotel. Two years later, Nicole Garcia had Marion Cotillard stand in front of the camera for ”Woman in the Moon” there. As for the future, the next blockbuster is already in the works - and something Schatzalp visitors should definitely look out for!