• NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDE

LAAX

The best spots in one of the liveliest and most fashionable hangouts in the Swiss Alps...

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ROCKSRESORT

Welcome to Laax, a small self-governed conglomeration of hamlets in Graubünden, the easternmost canton of Switzerland. This Swiss settlement in the Alps was not much of a destination some 10 years ago – a post office, a small supermarket, a swimming pool, a bakery. Primarily due to the creative genius, colossal effort multiplied by entrepreneurial risks by such visionaries and originals as Reto Gurtner, Laax today is irresistibly one of the liveliest and fashionable winter hangouts in the world. Here are some of the neighborhood's best spots...
  • ART & CULTURE

    THERME VALS

    Thermal baths facility is a part of the renovated 1960s hotel and spa complex in Vals, a municipality some 20 minutes drive away from Laax. 1200 meters above sea level, it has been brought to new life by Swiss architect and winner of the Pritzker prize, Peter Zumthor. Therme Vals is in great measure a renewable facility pumping volumes of hot mineral water for the baths from deep under the earth's surface. Vals, 7132
    +41 81 926 89 61
    THERME VALS

  • SHOPPING

    TSCHIMA STORE

    tschima store is not just another souvenir shop. It is self-defined as a "cultural intervention" and "pop up" presence. tschima is a book store, a shop for signature design objects, art gallery, a library, a performance space and an auditorium. It permanently showcases the scenic works by Gaidenz Danuser, an internationally acclaimed Swiss-born photographer who lives in the area abundantly depicting it. rocksresort, 7032 Laax
    +41 81 927 70 94
    TSCHIMA STORE

  • ART & CULTURE

    FREESTYLE ACADEMY LAAX

    A 1000 square meter cradle of freestyle; a boot camp for aspiring snowboarders, skiers, skateboarders, bikers, and other daredevil species. The school serves just as well as a soft pad for irredeemable cripples (like myself) who once in a while like to play it hard... safely landing in the spacious, bottomless, accommodating foam pits. The "Flying Ants" course engages children under six. Talstation, 7032 Laax
    +41 81 927 71 70
    FREESTYLE ACADEMY LAAX

  • ART & CULTURE

    SNOW WONDERLAND

    The Snow Wonderland is a unique skiing school. Its teaching method involves Ami Sabi, a mythical character, friend of the forest, mountains, and animals, whose magical powers enchant kids to develop their first skills of skiing, on the one hand; on the other, to learn basic facts and wisdom they would need in life to wholesomely relate to nature, which includes their inner one. +41 81 920 92 00
    SNOW WONDERLAND

  • DINING

    USTRIA DA VIN

    One of three restaurants in Laax by Grandis, here meals are cooked entirely on the open fire of burning beech wood, sourced locally – the way food has been prepared in the region for centuries. Discover a wide range of wines – about 1000 denominations. Oftentimes, the space opens up for wine tastings and food presentations involving famous chefs and producers. Laax-Murschetg, 7032
    USTRIA DA VIN

  • NIGHTLIFE

    RIDERS PALACE CLUB

    A stylish, colorful, fairly priced modern hotel/hostel with an especially strong appeal to outgoing and sociable adults. On Fridays, the party is held in the hotel lobby where, due to space limitations and possible noise issues, it unwraps more like a tight social gathering. On Saturday nights, it descends into the soundproof darkness of Riders Palace Club built at the underground level. Laax-Murschetg, 7032
    +41 81 927 97 00
    RIDERS PALACE CLUB

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Alexey Deshevoy

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LAAX | ROCKSRESORT | RETO GURTNER