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Thomas Mann Trail

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  • Wandern Schatzalp, Davos, Schweiz
    / Wandern Schatzalp, Davos, Schweiz
    Photo: Remy Horn, Destination Davos Klosters
  • / Wandern Schatzalp, Davos, Schweiz
    Photo: Remy Horn, Destination Davos Klosters
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A trail has been created in commemoration of the renowned writer Thomas Mann. The path connects the centre points of his novel "The Magic Mountain". The novel assured Davos its place in world literature, which has also contributed to the high degree of popularity of the resort of Davos.
easy
Distance 2.8 km
1:00 h
273 m
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Even today, the "Magic Mountain" draws numerous culture enthusiasts to Davos, on the hunt for the main centre points of the novel of the same name by Thomas Mann. They can be inspired by the Thomas-Mann Trail, which runs from the Waldhotel Davos (formerly the Waldsanatorium) at 1,600 metres a.s.l. to the Schatzalp, 1,880 metres a.s.l. Along the 2.8 km path are ten boards, which serve as "literary stations" and provide information on the connections between Davos and the works of Thomas Mann. High points of the trail include the "favourite place of Hans Castorp", the hero of the novel, whilst the trail ends at Thomas-Mann-Platz on the Schatzalp, which has been established behind the Alpinum Schatzalp botanical garden. Thomas Mann (1875–1955) came to Davos from 12 May to 15 June 1912 to visit his wife Katia, who was being treated at the sanatorium. During this time he took many walks around the area above the sanatorium, an area through which the Thomas-Man Trail runs. Thomas Mann incorporated his impressions of Davos in his novel “The Magic Mountain”, which was published in 1924.

Author’s recommendation

Link this short walk to a hike via the Hohe Promenade and take the time to visit the Alpinum Schatzalp botanical garden on the Schatzalp with over 3500 different species of plant. More information: www.alpinum.ch.
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Author
Remy Horn
Updated: April 29, 2021
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
1,878 m
Lowest point
1,605 m
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Safety information

Leisurely walking on a signposted trail. 

Tips and hints

Davos Klosters Resort

Davos Resort Organisation (Cooperative)

Centre for Tourism and Sports

Talstrasse 41 // CH-7270 Davos (Switzerland)

Tel. +41 81 415 21 21

info@davos.ch // davos.ch // klosters.ch

Start

Waldhotel Davos (1,605 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'782'324E 1'186'238N
DD
46.802329, 9.827418
DMS
46°48'08.4"N 9°49'38.7"E
UTM
32T 563136 5183530
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Destination

Thomas-Mann-Platz auf der Schatzalp

Turn-by-turn directions

Waldhotel Davos (1600 m) – Thomas-Mann-Platz on the Schatzalp (1880 m) – return to Davos on the Schatzalp funicular railway.

The route can also be walked in the reverse direction.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

By train to Chur and then onward with the Rhaetian Railway (RhB) to Davos

Getting there

By car to Davos

- Route 28 Landquart - Davos

- Landwasserstrasse road from Thusis – Davos

Parking

Public car parks/multi-storey car parks in Davos

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'782'324E 1'186'238N
DD
46.802329, 9.827418
DMS
46°48'08.4"N 9°49'38.7"E
UTM
32T 563136 5183530
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Thomas Mann: Der Zauberberg. ISBN 978-3-596-90416-7, Fischer Verlag, www.fischerverlage.de.

Weitere Infos zum Thomas-Mann-Weg: http://www.thomas-mann-weg-davos.de  

Author’s map recommendations

Wanderwegkarte Davos Klosters

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
2.8 km
Duration
1:00 h
Ascent
273 m
Descent
0 m
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