Hiking and biking in Davos
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Davos’s famously good skiing and snowboarding is covered on p.460, and in summer the opportunities for hiking and biking are equally good. From the Weissfluhjoch, accessed by the Parsennbahn funicular from Dorf (or a testing three- or four-hour walk up), the views of Piz Buin and the Austrian and Italian Alps are spectacular, even better from the summit itself, the Weissfluhgipfel, served by a cable-car from the funicular top-station. The invigorating walk back down from the Weissfluhjoch takes a couple of hours, while the tough hike over the back of the mountain to Arosa takes about six hours. The route down to Klosters is about four hours.

There’s almost limitless possibilities for easier walks, especially in the meadows and woods around the small Davosersee lake, a short distance beyond Dorf. A short stroll from the top of the Schatzalpbahn, beyond the grand old Berghotel and into the fragrant woods brings you to the Alpinum, a botanical garden of Alpine flora covering the hillside (mid-May to Sept daily 9am–5pm; Fr.3). On the other side of the valley, there are some leg-stretching trails from the Pischa and Jakobshorn summits back to Davos (2–3hr).

There are plenty of mountain bike routes around Davos, including several routes along the valley floor west as far as Wiesen (31km round trip), and a classic 20km run from the Weissfluhjoch down to Küblis, 8km northwest of Klosters. For Fr.21.50, you can load your bike onto the Parsennbahn up to the Weissfluhjoch and follow a testing 14km trail down to Klosters, then transport yourself and your bike back to Davos by train.

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