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Davos Platz - Schatzalp - Strela Alp

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A historically significant winter hike from Davos to Schatzalp and on to Strela Alp. On the legendary Thomas Mann Weg, the trail leads on the sunny side of Davos to the Zauberberg followed by a toboggan run through the enchanted forest down to Davos.
moderate
Distance 3.6 km
1:22 h
372 m
78 m
1,914 m
1,556 m
Starting point of the winter hike is the valley station of the Schatzalpbahn. From there it goes up to the Hohe Promenade and then in large hairpin bends on the Thomas Mann Path, on the sunny side of Davos, through snow-covered forests up to the historic Schatzalp. The writer Thomas Mann set a literary monument to Davos with his novel "The Magic Mountain". Five years after the novel was published, the author was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, which made his entire work immortal. The terraces on Schatzalp, where once the sanatorium patients cured their tuberculosis, are now used for sunbathing. The ambience and attitude to life in the midst of pure Art Nouveau architecture is almost as it was 100 years ago. The architecture of the sanatorium has been preserved. Deceleration is here very important. You can enjoy the peace and quiet with a magnificent view.

From Schatzalp, the winter hiking trail leads up again in a short ascent to Strela Alp. On the large sun terrace of the cosy mountain restaurant you can enjoy the fantastic alpine panorama and delicious specialities.

The way back is the same way down to Schatzalp. From Schatzalp you can decide whether to go on foot, take the Schatzalp cable car, or take the wide, well-prepared toboggan run in 18 bends through the Schatzalp enchanted forest down to Davos. Use of the toboggan run is free of charge and it is also suitable for children and beginners. Sledges can be rented at the valley station of the Schatzalp cable car.

Author’s recommendation

Enjoy the wonderful view on the sun terrace of the Strela Alp.
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Author
Remy Horn 
Update: February 15, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,914 m
Lowest point
1,556 m
Best time of year
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Start

Valley station Schatzalpbahn (1,556 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'781'916E 1'185'641N
DD
46.797073, 9.821833
DMS
46°47'49.5"N 9°49'18.6"E
UTM
32T 562716 5182941
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Destination

Valley station Schatzalpbahn

Turn-by-turn directions

Davos Platz - Schatzalp - Strela Alp - Schatzalp - Davos Platz

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Mit dem Zug bis Landquart, weiter mit der Rhätischen Bahn (RhB) nach Davos Platz.

Getting there

Mit dem Auto nach Davos

- Route 28 Landquart - Davos

- Landwasserstrasse Thusis - Davos

Parking

Öffentliche Parkplätze/Parkhäuser in Davos

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'781'916E 1'185'641N
DD
46.797073, 9.821833
DMS
46°47'49.5"N 9°49'18.6"E
UTM
32T 562716 5182941
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Basic Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots appropriate for winter use (B1+ recommended)
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Trail ‘spike’ crampons at minimum and a basic ice axe are recommended when covering steeper terrain
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
3.6 km
Duration
1:22 h
Ascent
372 m
Descent
78 m
Highest point
1,914 m
Lowest point
1,556 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Cableway ascent/descent Groomed snow
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1600 m 1800 m
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