Berghotel Schatzalp Davos
Switzerland

Books and Movies associated with Schatzalp in Davos

During the current WEF2020 coverage (World Economic Forum 2020), you might have seen pictures or videos taken at or in front of the Schatzalp Hotel in Davos. On the contrary, the name Schatzalp, or the Hotel, might have been somewhat familiar to you? As if you have already heard or seen something about the Schatzalp Hotel before. This is quite possible! Even though it’s situated somewhat isolated on a mountain high above the small city of Davos, in the canton of Graubünden in Switzerland. The former sanatorium has played leading roles in books and films, below a few examples and a bit more about Berghotel Schatzalp (today’s name). Read on: what language(s) are spoken in Davos, Switzerland.

Hotel Schatzalp in international Books and Movies

The probably most notable mention of the Schatzalp and Davos took place in the book “the magic mountain” or “Zauberberg” by author Thomas Mann. Originally published in 1924, the book describes the life of young Hans Castorp “during his seven-year stay in the closed world of a sanatorium in the high mountains of Switzerland, where he met world-defeated figures who confronted him with politics, philosophy, but also love, illness and death.” The book definitely is worth a read and is still available for purchase (even as kindle versions in various languages).
Another notable guest of Sanatorium Schatzalp has been the author of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Arthur Conan Doyle, who initiated the construction of the golf course in Davos during his stays from 1893-1895.

It hasn’t been until recent years, for Schatzalp to become a movie set. With some stories actually being played in Davos, and other just using the now Hotel as a sole movie set.
In 2005, the former sanatorium became the setting for the reality TV series “Das Internat”. In the summer of 2014, the film Youth – La Giovinezza (English: Eternal youth) was shot at Berghotel Schatzalp by Oscar-winner Paolo Sorrentino. Actors included actress Marion Cotillard; however, Schatzalp did not play an actual role in the movie.
Additionally, most parts of the movie “From the Land of the Moon” have been filmed at Schatzalp, again featuring actress Marion Cotillard. This movie premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and is based on a novel by Italian author Milena Agus. To get a first glimpse of how the inside of the Hotel Schatzalp looks, you might want to watch this short clip about the movie:

a bit more about Berghotel Schatzalp

Back in the year 1899, the construction of the Davos-Schatzalp train took place and was finished the same year. This rack railway is still in use nowadays and connects Davos Platz with the Schatzalp mountain. The ride only takes a few minutes and climbs a difference in the height of around 300 metres (Schatzalp is at 1861 m above sea level, Davos at 1560 m). Once you leave the upper arrival house of the station, you stand directly in front of the Schatzalp Sanatorium, or in the meantime Schatzalp Berghotel (mountain hotel).

Initially, the Art Nouveau building was built in the years from 1898-1900 by Zurich architects Otto Pfleghard & Max Haefeli. It was first opened on December 21, 1900. At that time, “The Schatzalp” was conceived as a luxury sanatorium and was the most advanced healing centre in the region. Back then, it was already connected to the Swiss telephone and telegraph network and had its own post and telegraph office in the house. If you want to read more about the history and the initiator of the Sanatorium, Willem Jan Holsboer, you might want to read more on the website of the Schatzalp, as linked below. Very appreciated is the detailed history of the Schatzalp. On their website you can even browse through a brochure dating back to the year 1900, advertising the benefits of the “Sanatorium for lung patients” (“The catering consists of six meals.”). Check this PDF document out here (german only)!

Eventually, from 1953 onwards, the Schatzalp sanatorium was resumed as the Berghotel Schatzalp. And, the three-storey building is still run as a Hotel year-round! If you are interested in staying a night, two or longer, at the famous three-star hotel in Davos, Switzerland, you have to check out the website for more details: www.schatzalp.ch/en/

Outside Pictures of Mountain Hotel Schatzalp, Davos

Berghotel Schatzalp Davos
walking around at Hotel Schatzalp Davos

Berghotel Schatzalp Davos

Berghotel Schatzalp Davos

 


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12 Comments

  1. Switzerland is one of the most beautiful places on the word and I wish to stay one day in this hotel.

  2. What a fun little spot to visit. I love learning about off the ebaten path places like this. Thanks for sharing the movie history of this location.

  3. Erik the Hungry Traveller

    Always love a good hotel review. Any place that has a rich history is on my bucket list.

  4. Hannah Holyfield

    Wow, this hotel is now on my bucket list. I love staying places with so much history and charm! I also love that it has a history of helping others for so many years.

  5. Sushmita R Malakar

    Is that the view of the alps from the hotel?WoW!!!

  6. This looks so cute place to stay and the nature is beautiful as well. Sounds like wonderful experience x

  7. I absolutely loved this post. Learning so much from the people who live and travel to in such magical places.

  8. I can honestly say that I have never heard of this place before. It is really my first time to read about i and see bits and pieces of it. Definitely looks like it should be visited though.

  9. I love places with such history. Switzerland is indeed breathtaking and The hotel still looks regal and beautiful

  10. Mountain Hotel Schatzalp looks like a remarkable spot to explore Davos in luxury and style! Many thanks!

  11. I love boutique hotels a lot! This one looks so charming, I would love to check it out.

  12. That’s really cool how this quaint spot was included in a book / movie. I am not surprised!

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