Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Davos mixing power and powder

Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:53am EST
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By Ben Hirschler

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Got 48 hours in Davos this week? Here are some tips on slaloming through the crowds of the rich and powerful at the World Economic Forum (WEF) and, if you're lucky, enjoying the snow.

The common worry at this annual talking-shop for the global elite is that everybody else -- politicians, central bankers, chief executives and lesser mortals -- is at another event with someone more important.

So try and relax, recognize that you can't be everywhere at once, and enjoy the mash-up of business and culture that is Davos. The event runs from January 25 to 29 and is not all heavy-duty business, economics and politics.

The snow is great this year, but remember to wrap up warm and bring sturdy footwear. Davos is 1,560 meters (5,118 feet) above sea level and the average temperature during the annual meeting is -4 degrees C (24.8F) to 1 C. It can drop to -20 C at night.


6 p.m. Arrive in Davos -- by train or helicopter, depending on your budget. Accommodation ranges from the swanky Belvedere Hotel to some basic ski lodgings.

6.30 p.m. Take your first plunge into the Davos melee at a welcome reception hosted by WEF founder Klaus Schwab and his wife Hilde before the meeting kicks off in earnest tomorrow.

8.30 p.m. Fancy a fondue? Head for picturesque Muehle Sertig, up in the mountains and deep in the snow. If melted cheese is not your thing, there are other local dishes, such as venison.   Continued...

<p>A general view shows the Swiss mountain resort of Davos January 16, 2012. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann</p>