This long-drawn-out town in the Landwasser valley is renowned above all as a conference centre but also as a major winter and summer sports centre with a huge range of activities. As early as 1860 the first Davos guest house was opened to welcome spa guests. A German physician who immigrated to Davos, Alexander Spengler, opened a recuperation spa for lung disease, which primarily comprised extensive sleep on the sun terraces of Davos, along with Veltliner wine. This treatment made Davos world renowned, and in 1924 the novel "The Magic Mountain" by Thomas Mann made the location immortal in a literary sense too.
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (born 1880) lived in Davos from 1918 until his death in 1938. Davos and its surroundings inspired him to a large number of important works.
The collection of the Kirchner Museum Davos covers all creative periods of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner from 1904 to 1938. In addition, the museum collects selected works by the Brücke artists and other exponents of classic Modernism. The Kirchner Museum Davos also preserves numerous documents and correspondences related to the life and work of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. The library of the Kirchner Museum Davos consists of more than 10’000 publications and is expanded on an ongoing basis. The library collection centres on Kirchner and expressionism and includes books and periodicals from 1905 to the present as well as copies of films and TV documentaries on Kirchner.
Davos is surrounded by a breathtaking backdrop of mountains in idyllic countryside offering everything that one could ever dream of during a summer in the Alps. The four recreational mountains – Parsenn including the Weissfluhjoch and -gipfel (2844 m), Jakobshorn (2590 m), Rinerhorn (2490 m) and Madrisa (2770m) can all be reached comfortably with Davos Klosters lifts, cable cars and funicular railways and then there’s even the Schatzalp ‘magic mountain’ that can also be accessed by its very own funicular railway. 700 km of well-marked hiking trails and mountain paths lead along cooling streams, across lush Alpine pastures, through remote hamlets and past mountain lakes as blue as steel. A paradise for anyone who loves crisp mountain air, nature in its purest form and a rich and varied range of leisure activities.
For a change of scene, visit the Davos Lake with its swimming area and a sailing and surfing centre. In addition, there are opportunities for hang-gliding and paragliding, mountain bike as well as inline skating routes. Davos is also the starting point for excursions on the famous Glacier and Bernina Express trains.