Davos – World’s Finest Meeting Place
Professor Klaus Schwab described Davos as "the place where leaders meet." Home to the annual World Economic Forum (WEF), Davos is the premier alpine meeting destination, and boasts a rich history of hosting high-profile congresses.
7270 Davos Platz
Please note: Switzerland uses the Swiss Franc, usually indicated as CHF. As Switzerland is not part of the European Union, it is not obliged to convert its currency to Euro (€). Many prices are nonetheless indicated in Euros for the visitors' benefit.
Shopkeepers and cashiers may accept Euros, but are not obliged to do so. Change given back to the client will most likely be in Swiss Francs.
The Swiss Franc comes in the following denominations:
Currency exchange places
You can exchange currencies at the following places:
- Any Swiss bank
- Main railway stations (western union)
- Major hotels
Swiss banks offer the best exchange rates for your traveler's checks or cash for foreign currencies (only bank notes). Official exchange offices and hotels may charge a fee for their services.
Banks are usually open Monday to Friday 08:30 to 12:00, and then again from 14:00 to 17:00. They are closed Saturdays, Sundays and on public holidays. However, money can be changed at train stations. Look for the "Change/Cambio" signs.
Many banks have automated teller machines (ATMs) that accept overseas bank cards. Please check with your local bank before leaving your country, if your bank card is valid in Switzerland.
Post offices are usually open from 08:30 to 12:00 , and then again from 14:00 to 17:00. On Saturdays, post offices are open from 08:30 until 11:00. All post offices are closed on Sundays.
Shops are generally open from 08:30 to 12:00, and then again from 14:00 to 18:30. A few larger shops do not close for lunch.
The voltage in Switzerland, as in most of Europe, is 230V/50 Hz.
Switzerland uses Type C (2-pin) and Type J (3-pin) plugs. (Type C 2-pin plugs also fit J sockets.)
Most power sockets are designed for three pin round plugs. The standard continental type plug with two round pins, seen in many electrical travel products, may be used without problems. Adaptors are available in most hotels.
Food and drink
There are first class gourmet restaurants. You’ll find the entire range of international cuisine and traditional Graubunden specialities in over 140 restaurants. There is a selection of highly acclaimed GaultMillau addresses in Davos and Klosters, as well as traditional restaurants in the surrounding countryside and side valleys.
Food and drink
If variety is the spice of life, Swiss food truly presents a flavorful platter. Regional cuisine is wide and varied. Local master chefs create new ways to present traditional treats. Some gain international acclaim with edible artworks based on simple country fare. You just can't go wrong eating out in Switzerland. There's a match for every taste and budget.
Lunch is usually served between 12:00 and 14:00, and even a little earlier at some restaurants. Dinner is usually served from 18:00 to 21:30. Many restaurants and pubs, especially in the cities, offer continuous hot dishes (11:00-22:00).
Eating vegetarian food is not a problem. Visit a designated vegetarian restaurant, or select individual meatless dishes on the menu.
What does a meal cost in Switzerland?
The most affordable way to eat at lunchtime can be to order the "menu of the day." This usually consists of a starter (soup or salad) and a main course. In the evenings there are partly set menus, which are slightly cheaper than the open menu selection.
An "à la carte" main course costs between CHF 20 and CHF 50. If you are looking for something more reasonable, or try restaurants located in local grocery stores (e.g. Migros or Coop).
Swiss drinking water is a quality product from natural resources: 80 percent stems from natural springs and groundwater, and the rest from lakes. Strict regulations concerning water quality have led to such positive development that, in some places, you can drink straight out the lake without second thoughts! Swiss tap water also demonstrates a more balanced ecology as opposed to water purchased in bottles and mineral waters travelling from near and far.
Since May 1, 2010, smoking has been banned in Switzerland in enclosed areas that are open to public, or serve as a workplace for more than one person. Hence, it is forbidden to smoke in restaurants, public buildings and offices. Smoking is also forbidden on public transport. Smoking is permitted in separate smoking rooms, outdoors and in private homes.
During the winter Davos can be very cold and snowy; therefore, winter shoes with good soles as well as warm clothes are a must.
During winter, the Central European Time (CET) applies in Switzerland. From the end of March to the end of October, Summer Time applies (CET + 1 hour).