Travel Postcard: 48 hours among the global elite

Tue Jan 25, 2011 10:28am EST
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By Ben Hirschler

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters Life!) - It is the ultimate networking event for the global elite, but the annual World Economic Forum isn't all heavy-duty business and geopolitics.

There is plenty to do "off piste," intellectually speaking, and it would be a shame not to take in some winter sport too.

Dress warmly. 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.

Traveling the 160 km (99 miles) up the mountain from Zurich airport -- by bus, train, car or helicopter -- is part of the fun. If you are flying by private jet, Samedan airport is only 66 km (41 miles) away.

Got 48 hours free this week? Here are some ideas. Be warned: Davos is not for the riff-raff. You need the right badge to get past the heavy Swiss security.


7 p.m. Arrive in Davos. You're a day late, but then the really important people are never around for the whole thing. You can still bag a few world leaders, even if you have missed Dmitry Medvedev and Nicolas Sarkozy.

8 p.m. Plunge straight into one of the those daunting dinners that typify Davos. How about language? Did you know that 7,000 languages are spoken around the world, yet one vanishes every two weeks? Pop along to the Derby Hotel to find out more.   Continued...

<p>The Seehof hotel is seen in Davos January 25, 2011. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler</p>