Until Friday, then Davos GR will again belong to the people of Davos – at least a few weeks before the summer season brings less suit wearers but more hiking shoe wearers to the Alpine town.
The city itself – after all, the highest in Europe – hardly attracts any tourists, unless it is WEF. It’s the mountains, the pistes, hiking and biking trails, the picturesque Alps that attract hordes of open-air fanatics to the Landwassertal.
The city is not a jewel
Davos itself – a scattered settlement stretching along the Landwasser, “made up of Gründerzeit palaces, flat roof boxes and parking lots the size of a football field”, as the German newspaper “Welt” writes. Even if the lowlander eye sees everything a bit too negatively (and perhaps doesn’t know that the flat roofs still prescribed in Davos city center still have their place in centers with a lot of snow – keyword roof avalanches), even Davos residents admit: A gem is not her hometown. And the hotels that have been pounded out of the ground like the “golden egg” don’t make it any better.
The Graubünden architecture critic and “Hochparterre” publisher Köbi Gantenbein (66) writes: “The place may be successful and lively, its social and economic history impressive – but the image of the place is botched, miserable and chaotic.”
Now the train station is to be moved
The new Landammann Philipp Wilhelm (33) wants to change that. And it starts at Davos Dorf train station. This is to be moved 400 meters up the valley towards Seehofseeli. This is because the RhB has to convert the station to be handicapped-accessible anyway, the municipality is already planning an underground car park and a meeting area near the Seehofseeli and the current traffic situation at the station is a “Chrüsimüsi”, as the newspaper “Südostschweiz” wrote years ago. An additional plus point: the Parsenn valley station could then be reached without having to change to the bus.
In addition, something like a new center is to be created around the train station and promenade (which should then only be open to pedestrians) – with a bus station, park, meeting area, apartments, a “pearl”, as the project partners call it.
It will probably be more expensive than expected
The “generation project” has been pursued for years – Wilhelm’s predecessor Tarzisius Caviezel (67) was still in office. And it will still take years: Construction will hardly start before 2024 – if the voters say yes at all by the end of 2023. The need for financing will probably be greater than previously thought, according to an event in January.
As architecture critic Gantenbein writes: «For 150 years, the rapid turnover of capital has been attracting and attracting Davos. This includes spectacular fractures and bankrupt architecture and rubbish, worthy pensions for lucky gold diggers and some dissatisfaction with the gifts. » Well, then there should at least be enough money to set a new bead.
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