The leaning tower of St. Moritz

Forget Pisa

Cultural monuments, churches and sporting facilities. There's certainly plenty to see in St. Moritz. But one of the city's most spectacular sights is definitely its leaning tower.

It's an integral part of St. Moritz, like the Statue of Liberty in New York, or the Eiffel Tower in Paris: the leaning tower. Built in 1570 as part of the St. Mauritius Church, its bell was removed in 1890 to make it less top heavy and the adjoining nave was demolished in 1893. It has been restored a total of five times and even somewhat straightened. The 33-metre-high tower has a 5.5 degree tilt, thereby exceeding even the incline of the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. This St. Moritz icon is located in the heart of the village, opposite the Kulm Hotel.

More crooked than the Leaning Tower of Pisa: the leaning tower in St. Moritz boasts a 5.5 degree incline.

The comprehensive list

All St. Moritz landmarks

“La Bellezza liberata della materia”

Via Somplaz , 7500 St. Moritz
www.segantini-museum.ch

A sculpture of Leonardo Bistolfi. A memorial to Giovanni Segantini.

Bronze Bust of Johannes Badrutt

Plazza Mauritius, , 7500 St. Moritz

The bronze bust of Johannes Badrutt is a work of the british sculptress Nicola Cox. The descendants donated the bust to the town of St. Moritz. Johannes Badrutt (2.4.1819 to 1.11.1889) was a hotel pioneer of St. Moritz and the promoter of the winter tourism in the alps.

Catholic Church Saint Charles

Via Sela , 7500 St. Moritz
+41 81 837 51 10
www.kath-moritz.ch
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The Church of St. Charles was built between 1886 and 1889 by Nikolaus Hartmann, and features stained-glass windows by Enrico Leone Donati, an artist from Zurich.

Catholic Church Saint Maurice

Via Maistra , 7500 St. Moritz
+41 81 837 51 10
www.kath-moritz.ch
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The Church of St. Maurice was built in 1867 and renovated in 1972/73. The stained-glass windows are the work of Enrico Leone Donati, an artist from Zürich. Below the Parish Church is a chapel built into the rocks.

Chesa Futura

Via Tinus , 7500 St. Moritz

Lord Norman Foster's Chesa Futura successfully combines futuristic design with traditional bulding material - 250,000 larch clapboards form the shell of the apartment house that comprises 10 exclusive private suites.

Chesa Veglia

Via Veglia , 7500 St. Moritz
+41 81 837 26 70
www.badruttspalace.com/chesavegliad

A typical engadine farmhouse built in 1658. Acquired by the owner of the Badrutt's Palace Hotel in 1928. Today it is a restaurant.

Cresta Run

Via Ruinatscha , 7500 St. Moritz

The Cresta Run was built in 1885 as the first one ever and belongs to the St. Moritz Tobogganing Club. The run from St. Moritz to Celerina is 1,214 meters long, and spans an altitude of 157 meters. Daily spectacular competitions or training rides from end of December to beginning of March.

English Church St. Moritz

Via dal Bagn , 7500 St. Moritz
+41 81 834 47 74
www.ref.ch/st-moritz
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Between 1860 and 1900 the English parish priest A.B. Strettell would travel to St. Moritz to spend the summer and in 1864 the plan to build an Anglican church was supported by Johannes Badrutt. The neo-Romanesque church was officially consecrated in 1871 and named St. John’s.

French church "Au Bois"

Plazza Paracelsus , 7500 St. Moritz
+41 79 222 04 47
www.ref.ch/st-moritz

Former French-Calvinist church (now evangelical church), built between 1875 and 1877 by Nicolaus Hartmann sen. Neo-Gothic church with slender frontal spire and cross gables. Side entrance in the style of an ambulatory. Interior with open roof truss, choir with ribbed vaulting. Stained-glass window, in a figurative design in the choir.

Heidi's Hut

Auf dem Schellenursli- Weg , 7500 St. Moritz

The Heidi stories by Swiss author Johanna Spyri from 1880 and 1881 are among the best known children’s books in the world. The original Heidi mountain hut from the Heidi film shot in the Engadin is located above St. Moritz and can be visited by children and adults alike. Access is free.

Memorial Fountain to Bylandt

Via Maistra , 7500 St. Moritz

A memorial to Jules Bylandt died on 18th February 1907 on the "Cresta Run". Behind the bus stop in front of the Kulm Hotel.

Olympic Bobsleigh Run

Plazza Gunter Sachs, Postfach 283, , 7500 St. Moritz

The 1612-meter-long ice channel starting in St. Moritz and ending in Celerina is the only nautral-ice bobsleigh run in the world. From end of December until beginning of March national and international competitions, practice and taxi rides are held daily throughout the winter season.

Olympic Stadium

Via Johannes Badrutt , 7500 St. Moritz

The stadium to the Olympic Games of 1928 and 1948 is part of the Kulm golf course in summertime. The long neglected building has been restored by Rolf Sachs, long-time visitor to St. Moritz. It is now his private residence.

Olympic Stone

Plazza Paracelsus , 7500 St. Moritz

Commemorates the Winter Games held in 1928 and 1948.

Protestant Church St. Moritz Dorf

Via Maistra , 7500 St. Moritz
www.ref.ch/st-moritz
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The church, situated in the centre of St. Moritz Dorf, was last restored and its interior completely redesigned in 2007. The hall-like interior was made brighter and also equipped with movable seating, to cater for both church services and cultural events. A particularly outstanding feature is its gold-coloured, cubical porch.

The village church was built between 1785 and 1787. The neo-Gothic tower in its present form dates from 1896/97.

English Church Services from Sunday, 1st to Sunday 26th February 2017 inclusive Holy Communion with hymns at 6.30 p.m.

Regina Pacis Chapel

Via Chasellas , 7500 St. Moritz
+41 81 837 51 10
www.kath-moritz.ch
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The Regina Pacis Chapel was built in 1928 in historicism style, and contains 10 glass panels created by Ernst Rinderspacher and a neo-Gothic winged altar by the Nuremberg altar builder, Stärk.

Seat bench Carlton Hotel

Via Maistra , 7500 St. Moritz
+41 81 837 33 33
www.engadin.stmoritz.ch/winter/de/stmoritz/
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Seat bench Lej da San Murezzan

Via Maistra , 7500 St. Moritz
+41 81 837 33 33
www.engadin.stmoritz.ch/winter/de/stmoritz/
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St. Mauritius Fountain

Via Maistra , 7500 St. Moritz

The memorial to the leader of a roman legion (300 AD) and local holy Mauritius was created 1910. In front of the city hall of St. Moritz.

Streetlamp

Via Maistra , 7500 St. Moritz

On 18th July 1879 the first eletric lights glow at the Kulm Hotel's dining room. For that Johannes Badrutt let built the first electric power station in St. Moritz and in Switzerland.

The Cresta Rider

Via Maistra , 7500 St. Moritz

Life-sized bronze sculpture of a skeleton rider, by David Wyne. A gift to the town by the St. Moritz Tobogganing Club during the centenary celebration in 1985.

The Leaning Tower

Via Brattas, , 7500 St. Moritz

The leaning tower is a landmark dating back to the 12th century. It was part of the old Church of St. Mauritius, which was destroyed in 1893. Height: 33m. Inclination: 5.5 degrees.