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St. Moritz, Switzerland Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 36
Total Sleeping Rooms 2,560
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 184
Committable Meeting Rooms* 9
Convention Center Space 16,040 Sq. Mtr.
Largest Exhibit Space 32,300 Sq. Mtr.
Largest Ballroom 5,920 Sq. Mtr.
Average Hotel Room Rate CHF 233
Average Daily Meal Cost CHF 155
Average Weekly Car Rental CHF 280
*Maximum for a single hotel

St. Moritz, Switzerland Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to Cvent's MICE Guide to St. Moritz, a guide for MICE professionals. A luxurious, upscale mountain resort set in the high-lying valley of the Engadin, St. Moritz is known for its style, cosmopolitan flair, and picture-book surroundings. Boasting the perfect location for meetings, conferences, and events set amid unspoiled nature, St. Moritz is surrounded by spectacular landscapes and a seemingly endless lake plateau, and offers a host of team-building and recreational activities, ranging from mineral spring spa visits to bobsledding. Beyond its fantastic year-round recreation, St. Moritz offers cultural highlights, upscale shopping, exclusive hotels, fine dining, and a number of galleries and museums in its village center and along Lake St. Moritz.

Situated 125 miles from Zurich, the Alps destination of St. Moritz is served by Zurich Airport and Samedan Regional Airport. Switzerland’s largest and busiest airport for international flight connections, Zurich Airport serves about 24 million passengers each year, while Samedan Regional Airport, located just three miles from St. Moritz, provides regular air and helicopter service for the Engadin region and connections to Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Milan, and Munich. Delegates can hop aboard the Rhaetian Railway (RhB), the largest train operator in the Swiss Alps, at Chur for a journey to Tienfencastel to the Engadin, or travel from Zurich to St. Moritz in about three and a half hours. Delegates may use the Graubunden Congress Ticket to travel individually by train to St. Moritz; the ticket covers return travel from any station in Switzerland, and costs CHF 69 per person for second-class travel or CHF 107 for first-class travel. Furthermore, the Engadin Bus links the villages and ski areas from Pontresina along the lakes of the Upper Engadin across to Maloja and the Bernina Pass, with several routes serving St. Moritz.

Delegates frequently meet and hold small- to medium-sized conventions, meetings, banquets, and conferences at the striking Rondo Convention & Event Center, which sits in the nearby picturesque destination of Pontresina. The highest-altitude convention center in Europe, the Rondo Convention & Event Center features 16,040 square feet of meeting and event space spread throughout four floors, including a 500-person auditorium, seven seminar rooms, and three foyers. The center is completely powered by renewable energy and features such spectacular architectural elements as a stone facade made of quartzite from Soglio and large windows that let in plenty of natural light, as well as fantastic mountain and glacier views.

Aside from the Rondo Convention & Event Center, the St. Moritz area is home to a number of unique venues and group gathering spaces–making it no surprise that St. Moritz and Pontresina are two of the most appealing conference destinations in the Alps. Groups can gather at the upscale Casino St. Moritz, which features roulette, blackjack, poker, and slots, all housed in the glamorous Grand Hotel des Bains. Groups can tour the surrounding unspoiled countryside aboard the Bernina Express, the highest mountain railway in the Alps, which connects Northern and Southern Europe, passing glaciers on its descent to Italy. The high-rope challenge course at the Pontresina Rope Park presents a fantastic team-building adventure throughout its series of platforms, rope bridges, zip wires, beams, and obstacles, all set in the forest. Groups can also explore hiking, biking, and walking trails, as well as enjoy hands-on natural displays at Zernez National Park, the largest nature preserve in Switzerland. Perfectly suited for more relaxing group activities, the Medical Therapy Centre & Spa utilizes St. Moritz’s famous carbonated mineral waters in its host of wellness treatments.

About St. Moritz, Switzerland / Additional Info

Beloved for its pioneering spirit, commitment to clean energy and sustainability, awe-inspiring scenery, and year-round recreation, St. Moritz has hosted two Winter Olympics, is known as the birthplace of winter tourism in the Alps, and boasts mineral springs that have been sought out for thousands of years. St. Moritz’s unspoiled alpine setting, home to glaciers, wild mountain streams, and stone pine forests, serves as the perfect backdrop for skiing, hiking, tobogganing, hiking, mountain biking, and more.

Much of St. Moritz’'s history is tied to its tourism development. The city’s summertime tourism was already flourishing in 1864 when Johannes Badrutt wagered with British guests that they would be able to enjoy sunshine on his terrace in their shirtsleeves in the winter. His guests agreed to the bet and returned to St. Moritz at Christmastime–and did not leave until Easter. With their stay, winter tourism in St. Moritz was born, as British guests flocked to the city and with them brought polo and cricket tournaments, as well as skeleton and bobsleigh races. St. Moritz became the birthplace of winter alpine tourism and winter sports in the 19th century and later hosted the 1928 and 1948 Winter Olympic games, as well as a number of ski and bobsleigh world championship events. The St. Moritz bob run is the only natural ice track in the world that still hosts World Cup races, while the famous Cresta Run was the birthplace of the sport of skeleton racing; visitors can reach speeds of 55 miles per hour, head first, just four inches above the ice, when experiencing the Cresta Run. Furthermore, St. Moritz’s very own Corviglia mountain boasts nearly 250 miles of single-track trails for mountain biking and hiking, as well as plenty of skiing and other winter sports areas.

Many of St. Moritz’s highlight activities celebrate the destination’s natural beauty and affinity for outdoor recreation. The Corviglia Flowtrail mountain biking path, suitable for families to advanced bikers, features panoramic views, while the La Punt – Madulain Forest Trail takes guests along forest paths, beaten tracks, and meadows while identifying 34 species of plants, trees, and shrubs along the way. The Muottas Muragl Climate Trail features a hiking trail of medium difficulty, as well as stunning views of the Bernina massif, information panels about local climate and eateries along the way, while the guide-only Diavolezz-Morteratsch glacier hike allows hikers to learn about the formation of moraines, columns, and boulders up close and personal. For a thrill of another kind, St. Moritz’s glamorous Via Serlas is home to a number of luxury shops and eateries. Visitors also frequent the city’s large number of cultural walks, galleries, and museums, which are situated throughout the village and along Lake St. Moritz.

St. Moritz is also home to a strong culinary scene serving local, traditional favorites to modern interpretations. La Marmite on Corviglia specializes in gourmet treats, including truffle and caviar selections, while the sleek El Paradiso serves Engadine cuisine with Italian, French, and global influences. The beloved La Baracca serves family-style fare in a nondescript setting, while both Dorta and Talvo by Dalsass combine tradition and modernity in their old farmhouse settings; at Dorta, guests dine on traditional local cuisine in converted stables, while Talvo by Dalsass serves Mediterranean cuisine and specialty olive oils in one of the oldest farmhouses in the region.

 
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