Walking in Davos
The bustling city of Davos is located in the east of Switzerland on the Landwasser river, a short distance from Klosters. Not only is it one of Europe's oldest mountain resorts, at 1560m it's also the highest in the continent, surrounded by unforgettable idyllic mountain pastures and wildly romantic valleys.
The walking options are endless with over 700km of trails on your doorstep - the suggested itinerary opposite shows both your 1-boot options (shorter distances) and 2-boot options (longer distances). Your week of walking takes place against an awe inspiring Alpine backdrop. You'll walk along mountain paths and forest trails, through verdant meadows where cows graze and fragrant pine forest, taking in some beautiful flora - rare Alpine blooms, angelica, irises and edelweiss to name just a few. You'll experience breathtaking views over the glistening waters of Lake Davos from viewpoints such as Mount Jakobshorn and Panoramaweg, with sparkling mountain streams, cascading waterfalls and crashing rivers lining your routes. To gain altitude, take advantage of the excellent local transport system - all Headwater guests receive a Davos Klosters Card for unlimited travel on cable cars, gondolas, funiculars, the local railway and bus routes as well as discounts on other activities. You can also explore neighbouring Davos Platz and Klosters (the local bus stops right outside the hotel).
Your base for the week is the C19 Hotel Meierhof; Headwater customers stay in the spacious comfort rooms, which are normally south facing with balcony. There are fantastic facilities: indoor swimming pool, wellness area and mini gym. The hotel also enjoys an excellent reputation for its cuisine and extensive wine selection; wine tasting is included!
This holiday offers a mix of 1-boot and 2-boot choices following stony mountain paths and forest trails. Walking boots are essential. The 1-boot walks using bus and cable car, are outlined on the walking graph above. NB: Some ski lifts/cable cars do not operate in early/late season when alternative walks will be proposed.
Day 1 - Arrive in Davos
Arrive at your 4-star hotel in Davos.
Day 2 - Classic Alps Walk 11km/7mi/3hr or 18km/11.5mi/5.5hr
Today's route begins at the Alpinium Schatzalp (entry included), home to hundreds of rare Alpine blooms. Your walk then winds past larch roofed mountain chalets and high meadows dotted with cows grazing, to reach Stafelalp with views over the Mittaghorn and Jakobshorn, it's a great picnic spot. Homewards: you descend through a narrow valley, alive to the crashing River Chummer, to Glaris, returning to Hotel Meierhof by bus (included).
Day 3 - Clavadeler Alp 8km/5mi/2hr or 15km/9.5mi/4.5hr
A wooded track, bright with angelica and mountain scabious, leads to Mount Jakobshorn - enjoy breathtaking views over Davos shadowed by the snowy Graubunden peaks. Then, with Lake Davos' shimmering blue waters below, you reach a perfect picnic spot, where you can enjoy a refreshing drink at Jakobshorn Gasthaus, before descending to Clavadel to join the riverside trail back to Davos.
Day 4 - The Serene Sertig Valley 7km/4.5mi/2.5hr or 17km/11mi/4.5hr
From Mount Rinerhorn cable car, you descend in and out of pine forest to pretty Sertig hamlet, lost in a sea of meadows dotted with perennial cornflower. It's then on to the dramatic waterfall under Gross Alp - a clash of jagged limestone peaks and white water cascades. Finally a wooded path follows the meandering River Sertig to Frauenkirch where it's a short bus ride (included) to Davos.
Day 5 - Free Day
If you feel like a change of scenery, then why not visit pretty Klosters? You take the train (25 mins, included) to the opposite side of the valley - a real contrast to neighbouring Davos - before returning to your hotel to spend a few hours relaxing in the hotel's wellness area before dinner.
Day 6 - Walser Villages 10km/6.5mi/3hr or 18km/11.5mi/5hr
A mountain path lined with irises and yellow vetchling leads over sparkling mountain streams to Hauder Alp where the cheery farmer sells you fresh milk by the glass! Onwards with panoramas over snow capped Bodmen Alp, you descend to delightful Monstein with its two gasthaus and mediaeval brewery. After lunch, you dip into oak forest, with lapwings flitting through the dappled shade, to descend to Jenisberg for an exciting mountain railway ride (30 mins) back to Davos.
Day 7 - The Grand Panoramic Walk 8km/5mi/2hr or 20km/12.5mi/6hr
What better way to end the week than with the aptly named Panoramaweg? With Lake Davos shimmering below, you ascend to the tinkle of cowbells to tiny Lake Schoansee. Soon, Klosters frames the horizon as you climb to Gotschnagrat for the most panoramic lunch yet! Returning, you pick your way through edelweiss and gentian and may spot marmots playing on limestone boulders as you descend to Davos for your final dinner.
Day 8 - Leave Davos
Where you stay
This single-centre holiday is based at the following hotel. If you'd like to extend your stay here, or upgrade your room, just let us know at the time of booking. You can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss accommodation options.
Hotel Meierhof, Davos Dorf (4 Star)
The Hotel Meierhof is situated in the heart of Davos Dorf. It's a traditional hotel dating back to 1850, which has been lovingly restored and has all of the modern comforts that you'd expect from an excellent 4 star hotel.
There are 75 rooms and Headwater guests stay in the more spacious comfort rooms, which are normally south facing with balcony.
All of the rooms are well equipped with both bath and shower, satellite television, minibar, radio, direct dial telephone with internet connection, safe and hairdryer.
Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.
Transfers included from Davos Dorf train station at 16:56, and back to Davos Dorf train station at 09:45.
Please call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or email email@example.com to arrange connecting flights.
Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus, of course, an overall rating and comments about their holiday.
Any feedback collected is posted straight to our website - totally unedited. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.
Reviewed by Mr Beresford on 22/06/2016
We went in early June and many places in Davos and Klosters are closed - it is not a 'bustling city' at this time of year. A number of cable cars and bus services are not running at this time, so some walks are not possible, or a long climb up is required. The hotel was running on minimum staff levels for the first few days, although the staff were very friendly and helpful, and the accommodation was excellent. The half board dinners were generally disappointing and the restaurant did not meet 'the excellent reputation for its cuisine'. We had the 'a la carte' menu one night and this was far superior. Overall the walks and scenery were excellent which made up for a few disappointments in other areas.
Reviewed by Mrs Langleben on 22/07/2015
The fact that we have been travelling with Headwater since 1996 speaks volumes. This should be recommendation enough
Reviewed by Mrs Keen on 10/07/2015
Wonderful walking in Switzerland as long as you have good weather. The packed lunches were the same every day better not to include in hol price.Also you forgot to inform us of the local taxes payable ar end of holiday,an extra 64 franks
Reviewed by Mis Ng on 10/06/2015
The service staff at the hotel provided in the package for the Davos walk was excellent at Hotel Meierhof. They were very attentive, and the hotel had really great facilities when it was raining (pool, sauna). Please note that the directions on the notes for the walks (which is the primary aspect of the holiday) are often wrong! I found myself halfway through a 10 km hike completely lost in the middle of the mountains, and I was fortunate I had my smart phone on me with googlemaps on it. The notes they provided me with needed a lot of updating. This was particularly dangerous as I was hiking through some rather difficult terrain and received wrong directions halfway through a very difficult walk. If you decide to go hiking, it's highly recommended you take either your smart phone with a maps app on it, *and* strongly recommended that you have some kind of map skills as well as a physical map when you go hiking. The scenery is beautiful, however the level of difficulty of the walks is much harder than you might anticipate as the pathways were often quite challenging, the 'descent' that they describe in the directions often means a very, very steep slope that could be very dangerous if raining. This is for people who are relatively fit and are mindful of trekking through some mountain terrain with a walking stick even if you are relatively young. The rest of the holiday was absolutely wonderful, but the hiking aspect is very challenging and you can't rely on the directions of the notes they give you as a general guide.
Reviewed by Mr Griffiths on 29/09/2014
The holiday was what we had hoped it would be. The wonderful weather made the walking and views the best they could possibly have been (apart from one afternoon of rain). The hotel was comfortable and the staff were friendly, kind and helpful, The wine in the hotel was extremely expensive - when we requested house wine we were told that a delivery was expected and that there was none........ So we didn't have wine with our dinner. We are not big drinkers but would have enjoyed a glass of wine with our evening meal.
Reviewed by Mr Baxter on 19/09/2014
Holiday met expectations. The stay was perfectly enjoyable - getting around on buses and trains was very easy and straightforward and all the hotel staff were very helpful. Walkinng notes were helpful and accurate. Travelling from Zurich Airport via rail was a pleasurable experience apart from getting our luggage on and off the trains!!
Reviewed by Ms Nicolson on 17/09/2014
I was really taken with Switzerland, finding the people so friendly and helpful. Scenery and transport were fantastic and I will definitely consider a trip to Switzerland again
Reviewed by Mrs Bishop on 09/09/2014
We were a little concerned as to whether the three train connections we needed to make to get from the airport to the hotel would work but in the event everything dovetailed perfectly. The hotel was well located for access to/from the station and bus stops, and the walking was varied and interesting, making full use of the lift systems, and covering all different sides of the valley. The food in the hotel was good on some evenings but only average on others - the starter on the first night for instance consisted of tiny cubes of cheese and a few salad leaves and the main course looked as if it had been kept warm for a while, rather than being freshly served. Something to be aware of is that during August, when we visited, Davos is a popular destination for Hassidic Jewish families, with many hotels and apartment blocks being completely taken over so if you are expecting a traditional Swiss experience, you may be disappointed. Visitors should also compare Headwater prices (we paid around Â£1500 per person for half board) as against about Â£850pp charged by Inghams for the same week for full board.
Reviewed by Mrs Weyman on 29/07/2014
Davos was an excellent base for quick access via the various cable cars and funiculars to many stunning high level walks in the beautiful alpine scenery. The Hotel Meierhof suited us perfectly - it is ideally located for transport links between Davos dorf and Davos platz. The close proximity of Davos lake and its many and varied activities was a hit with us - we had an afternoon of windsurfing with an instructor who spoke perfect English. Next time we must have a go at the paragliding which we watched taking place from our spot above Klosters! We visited the Hallenbad and its wellness centre in Davos on two occasions - another bonus after a hard day's walking. We were very fortunate with the weather which made our holiday all the more enjoyable.
Reviewed by Mr Rodger on 13/06/2014
Unfortunately I am getting too old for even 1 boot holidays ! Apart from that I have enjoyed all my Headwater holidays.
Reviewed by Mr Mais on 21/09/2013
First class holiday in every respect.
Reviewed by Mr Parr on 20/09/2013
An excellent hotel with very good food, accommodation and facilities. The pool, sauna and steam room are first-class. The staff are friendly and helpful. The walks are also excellent, though the stated distances and times seemed to be under-estimated. The transport in and around Davos, usually free with the hotel's card, is superb, making it easy to access and plan the walks. Everything runs on time, to the second. The weather was awful all week - very cold and lots of rain - but all the walks were still accessible. We missed out on a lot of the scenery, though - too much low cloud to see very far!
Reviewed by Dr Iosson on 29/08/2013
Davos is a superb centre for walking, with hundreds of kilometres of signed walking trails. The provision of the Davos inclusive card meant that most buses, trains and cable cars in the Landwasser valley were free of charge. In addition, the card allowed free entry to the Alpinum garden at the top of the Schatzalp cable railway [not 5 CHF as shown in the Headwater notes] - although there seemed to be no-one on duty at the entrance when we went. Use of the cable cars, and the provision of 'soft' and 'leisurely' walks meant we could 'mix and match' the walks we did, and take our time to look at the scenery, the flowers and the birds. The weather was a good temperature for walking, with only one wet afternoon - most of the rain we had came at night, although when we left, there was fresh snow up on the tops of the hills. This was about our 14th holiday with Headwater [I have lost count! - and the first we have done with only the two of us] - but it certainly won't be the last.
Reviewed by Mrs Edmondson on 08/08/2013
This was our first Headwater holiday, we chose the Meierhof in davos Dorf, Switzerland which was a very good location . The staff were very helpful and food was excellent (unlike what we had read from the reviews on the web) after a long day walking. The use of the travel pass for the local bus, train and cable car was an extra bonus. Thankyou Headwater we had a wonderful holiday and will certainly use Headwater holidays again and recommend to our friends.
Reviewed by Mrs Granger on 27/07/2013
We had a brilliant holiday luckily we didn't need any help because we didnt hear or see anybody from headwater the whole holiday! but the hotel were very helpful with local information. We did not know there were other headwater guests on the trip until we met them in the minibus going home and it would have been nice to chat with them, apart from that we had a great time and I am looking forward to my next holiday with you.
Reviewed by Mr Tuffill on 25/07/2013
I sent you a separate letter - we had a problem regarding a rail upgrade to First Class. When I say good value for money, we lived in Switzerland nearly 40 years ago. The Swiss are remarkable at still providing good holidays when the exchange rate from SFR:£ has changed by a factor of seven. Would that we were as efficient!
Reviewed by Mr Crowe on 25/07/2013
A wonderful walking holiday in the most beautiful pristine mountains.
Reviewed by Mr Williams on 23/07/2013
Fantastic holiday in beautiful scenery.
Reviewed by Mr Bracken on 11/07/2013
Good holiday with friends, but walking was poorly rated by you and not either soft or leisurely. Walking at over 6,000 ft in very high temperatures over rough uneven undulating tracks is neither. Many public transport services were closed during our visits, trains, Parsenn cable cars etc. Davos was very disappointing not that attractive really The holiday was good due to the company, but holiday poor really , only 5 out of 10 and well down on other Headwater holidays we have had
Reviewed by Mis Newall on 10/07/2013
Would not return to Davos, too big and ugly, would not return to hotel - too much noise from main road outside had to use ear plugs to sleep and found live music in hotel, which I could hear in my room annoying. However, convenience of buses, trains, skilifts to access beautiful valleys and lovely walks was appreciated. excellent swimming pool, good to have single rooms available without a surcharge. Found the walk descriptions very helpful.
Reviewed by Mr Wilding on 10/07/2013
If you like walking in a mountain environment then Davos is a fine location. The town itself is not particularly attractive - functional rather than picturesque. The use of the local trains, buses and cable cars with a free Davos Pass was a great add on.
Reviewed by Mr Swanborough on 15/06/2013
The Staff at Headwater carefully prepares their holidays, and have good knowledge of the locations. When we had need of a Dentist, the hotel reception staff quickly set up an appointment nearby.
Reviewed by Mrs Bent on 30/10/2012
We had not been on a walking holiday before and I would recommend Headwater Holidays without reservation. The hotel was excellent and the service they provided was superb. The walks were well planned and the free bus, train and cable pass made it so easy to get around. It was wonderful to view the Swiss countryside form altitude. We would certainly now have the confidence to go on a walking holiday again and maybe consider a multi location holiday with Hesdwater. I would also recommend the Meiroff Hotel in Davos, it is an ideal location and the staff were excellent.
Reviewed by Mr Fennell on 29/09/2012
The holiday was all we expected it to be with a good variety of well thought-out walks and a comfortable hotel with good facilities. Our only disappointment was that the gala dinner was offered at a CHF60 supplement and seemed to be a rather overblown affair mainly aimed at the local gentry, consisting as it did of a champagne reception, an 8 course meal and accompanying tenor. We did not go because it did not fit in with the sort of holiday we were on; although we did hear the tenor from the adjacent restaurant. He was quite good from that distance.
Reviewed by Mrs Dayani on 23/07/2012
This was a wonderful holiday. Relaxing and invigorating at the same time, Davos is clean, well situated and surrounded by fantastic walking. The Davos card gives local travel opportunities and discounts at a multitude of local outlets.
Reviewed by Dr Emerson on 23/07/2012
We had a wonderful time, even though the weather was not perfect. There are so many walking options, and the maps so good, that one could spend much longer at the Hotel Meierhof in Davos. Local travel on the ski-lifts, buses and trains with the guest pass was easy and efficient. The hotel itself was perfect for us. We have been on many excellent Headwater holidays, but this is amongst the best, if not the actual best. Value for money? Kuoni stay at the same hotel and are a lot cheaper. The local maps would enable similar walks. Kuoni also have a resident agent.
From our postbag
In addition to comments received on our post-holiday questionnaires, we've also been sent the following comments from our satisfied customers.
Dr Baynton travelled to Davos in 2009
This is our third holiday with Headwater and we continue to be very happy with the holidays you provide. The hotels are always of a high standard and we appreciate all the preparation you do on our behalf in terms of providing hiking notes and maps, making all the travel arrangements - especially when we have been so busy at work! A fantastic hotel where Headwater guests are made very welcome. The owner of the hotel went out of his way to welcome us. This included an introductory meeting and a wine tasting session. The food was amazing - a different menu every evening, lots of variation and great service. The afternoon tea and homemade cake was a lovely treat after a days hiking.
Mr & Mrs Clare travelled to Davos in 2008
Last week we had our first Headwater holiday, staying in Davos, Switzerland, for independent walking and we are writing to say how much we enjoyed it.
The travel arrangements were excellent, all the connections happened according to plan and the itinerary was clearly summarised for easy reference during the journeys to and from home. It was nice to be collected from the train station by the hotel and delivered back there at the end of the week.
We also liked your detailed, accurate guides to walks in the area and we followed one of your routes everyday. We were aware that some other walking guests in the hotel on other holiday packages were not so lucky: they had much less information about the areas walks.
The Meierhof Hotel gave us probably the best hotel experience we have ever had. From the proprietor, Riet Frey, down through all staff echelons, we received nothing but excellent, caring service. The meals were something to look forward to everyday.
So, thank you for organising such a wonderful weeks experience. We will definitely be looking at what you can offer for our future holidays.
Mrs C McCarthy travelled to Davos in 2006
We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday in Davos – it really is the most beautiful area. The Hotel Meirhof is very comfortable and well located. Riet Frey is a superb host, as well as being thoroughly professional, and really made us feel welcome. He gave a most informative and useful talk on the Davos area at the beginning of the holiday and also invited us to join him in his wine cellar on another evening for a special tasting, which was wonderful.
We met several other Headwater couples, all of whom were very friendly and all seemed delighted with the hotel and surrounding area too. Some were on return visits and were keen to share their knowledge and experience with us. I hope we will have the opportunity to go back to Davos as I feel that we barely scratched the surface of the walking that is available in the area.
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Self-guided walking, single centre. Managed locally by hotelier.
Sundays from 29 May '16 to 25 Sep '16, for 8 days (7 nights). We are able to offer non standard departures for this holiday. Please call for details.
All buffet breakfasts, picnic lunches and evening meals included.
Starting your tour
Transfers included from Davos Dorf train station at 16:56, and back to Davos Dorf train station at 09:45.
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