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New Year's Eve in St. Moritz! That was one of my dreams and it was time to make it a reality. So... 2009 found me on the top of the Alps, happy and healthy.So fasten your belts and be ready to enjoy St. Moritz in my page.
Switzerland is a landlocked alpine country of roughly 7.6 million people in Western Europe with an area of 41,285 km². Switzerland is a federal republic consisting of 26 states called cantons. Berne is the seat of the federal authorities, while the country's economic centres are its three global cities, Geneva, Basel and especially Zürich. Switzerland is one of the richest countries in the world by per capita gross domestic product . Zürich and Geneva have respectively been ranked as having the first and second highest quality of life in the world.
It is bordered by Germany to the north, France to the west, Italy to the south and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east. Switzerland has a long history of neutrality —it has not been at war since 1815—and hosts many international organizations, including the Red Cross, the World Trade Organization and one of the U.N.'s two European offices . However, it is not a member of the European Union. Switzerland is multilingual and has four national languages: German, French, Italian and Romansh.
The Swiss Alps ( German: Schweizer Alpen, French: Alpes suisses, Italian: Alpi svizzere, Romansh: Alps svizras ) are the portion of the Alps mountain range that lies within Switzerland. Because of their central position with the entire Alpine range, they are also known as the Central Alps. The highest summit in the Swiss Alps is the Dufourspitze (4,634 metres (15,202 ft)) near the Swiss-Italian border. The highest mountain which lies entirely on Swiss territory is the Dom (4,545 metres (14,911 ft)). Other main summits can be found in the list of mountains in Switzerland.
St. Moritz is one of the most renowned holiday resorts of the world. Chic, elegant and exclusive with a pronouncedly cosmopolitan ambiance it is situated at 5624 ft (1856 m) above sea level, in the middle of the lake dotted landscape of the Upper Engadine. The "dry, sparkling champagne climate" has become legendary and the famous sun of St. Moritz shines on an average of 322 days a year.
This spa resort is located on the mountain side of the Engadine facing south (at an altitude of 5624 ft). With its Romansh heritage, its proximity to Italy and mostly German speaking population St. Moritz is characterized by the influences from three different cultures. It originally gained its significance from its mineral springs, which had been known for their curative effects for some 3,000 years already. Next to its picture book location along and above the lake, St. Moritz offers an attractive blend of nature, culture, sports, activity and quiet.Comparing the summer and the winter season the booked nights show a relation of approximately 2 to 3, about which it has to be said that the guest structure is significantly better in winter than in summer. During a good year, there are roughly 250'000 guests - about 140'000 in summer and 110'000 in winter - accounting for up to 1,1 million booked nights in St. Moritz . Thus the average duration of stay of St. Moritz hotel guests is some three days in summer and a good five days in winter.
The sun of St. Moritz is more intense (southern exposure!), the "champagne climate" dryer and the snow much more likely to hold than anywhere else. These components, along with the lakescape and valley groove of the Upper Engadine, provide the background for a host of attractions which are unique with regard to quality and diversity: alpine and nordic cross-country skiing (marathon!), Cresta Run, Bob Run, horse and greyhound races on the frozen lake, cricket, polo and golf tournaments, olympic ski jump, Gourmet Festival, Snow & Symphony (the music festival of St. Moritz) and many more in winter, whereas in summer it is mountain biking, inline skating, hiking, wind surfing, ice skating, golfing, tennis, sailing, the National Park - all of which is within easy reach.
Well... I climbed until Piz Nair. Fotini has reached the top of the world and is so happy and proud for herself.
My winter holidays in St. Moritz were amazing and the beauty of the place was the best antidote to the everyday craziness of my life. I am sure you have enjoyed this trip and you have kept St. Moritz in your mind to use it in your plans as your future destination during winter or summer time.
Ήταν στο επίκεντρο των χειμερινών αθλητικών αγώνων και πάλι το 2003, όταν φιλοξένησε το παγκόσμιο πρωτάθλημα αλπικού σκι.