In the autumn of 1864 hotelier Johannes Badrutt made a bet with his English summer guest, claiming that the winter months in the Swiss Alps are much better than in England. The winter months in St. Moritz would be spoiled with lots of sunny days and magnificent snow landscapes. Johannes Badrutt invited his guest to come back in the winter, so that they could experience it for themselves. If they still weren’t convinced, he promised to cover their travel expenses.
The English guest came to St. Moritz for Christmas and ended up staying until Easter. So the “winter tourism” was born and St. Moritz became over the years also a famous winter holiday destination.