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I departed for Davos (1,560m) by bus from Klosters. While many would speak well of the efficiency of Swiss rail services, I felt that the bus service throughout the nation is evenly matched, if not better. Not to mention there are certain routes in Switzerland which probably are best enjoyed by road rather than by rail.

There are two main towns here, Davos-Platz and Davos-Dorf. From Klosters, the bus passed by the latter first. I decided to venture into the former, although really there isn’t much that would differentiate between these two towns in Davos.

The bus stopped right by the Davos-Platz Bahnhof (train station). From there, a hilly walk on Promenade (street) brought me to the visitor center. Here, apart from getting useful information about Davos, tickets for the funicular ride to Schatzalp (1,861m) were also sold here. The funicular station is right behind the visitor center on Obere Strasse.

The funicular cars look similar to the ones found at Penang Hill in Malaysia. My best guess would be the two funicular systems were built around the same era in early parts of the 20th century. The front section of the funicular car can also be entered by anyone because the actual voyage of the train is handled at the control station, not in the pilot's cabin. Nonetheless, there are a huge steering wheel and some old meter gauges where you can pretend that you are driving the funicular up to Schatzalp.

On top, there is a nice café with a good view of the Landwasser Valley down below. I noticed that Davos is a huge city by Swiss standard. The sprawling urbanization seen from left to right of the valley clearly justifies its status as a premier winter sports destination. Not to mention that in January of every year, the World Economic Forum is held here.

There is a field of beautiful lupines nearby. Then, a further walk up the hill brought me to the starting point of the toboggan ride which goes down by an elevation of about 400 meters through the green rolling hills down to the base station of Schatzalp. While I felt that the experience was fun and less scary compared to tobogganing in Gornergrat (Zermatt), it was somewhat disappointing.


 

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