Tucked away above the village of Klosters-Dorf lies Schlappin, a peaceful valley with varied walking trails and a lake fit for energetic puppies. In the summer months, where temperatures can reach up to 34 degrees in the valleys, Schlappin provides shelter from the blistering heat thanks to its higher altitude and breeze. To reach this hidden gem, buy a street permit for 10 CHF lasting 24 hours or 20 CHF for the entire weekend and make your way up the windy private road from Klosters-Dorf.
Schlappin is only accessible via skis during the winter season so if you’re not equipped to do the black run from Madrisa down to the valley then summer is the perfect time to get a chance to visit this unspoiled area of Klosters.
Lake Schlappin is nothing short of scenic, with scintillating pebbles, crystal clear waters and a rock resembling that featured in The Little Mermaid. Dogs will swim to their hearts content in this secluded area while owners will look on proudly (or possibly get involved in the action if they can brave the cold water).
Berghaus Erika, a chalet hotel and restaurant, sits atop Schlappin and is a perfect pit-stop for hikers and dog-walkers alike. The resident border collie sits at the entrance of the traditional lodge, welcoming all other four-legged friends into the quaint hotel. With a terrace fit for al-fresco dining, this is my favourite spot to get the swiss speciality Rösti. The restaurant has a whole page of its à la carte dedicated to different versions of the traditional dish, a clear favourite amongst locals and tourists alike. We all opted for the Rösti topped with home smoked salmon and basil cream. Crisped to perfection, the hearty dish is certainly one to remember.
While there’s only one restaurant open in the summer months, this isn’t a drawback as its menu is more varied than most in the vicinity. This being said, we couldn’t resist ordering rösti again on our second visit. This time, however, we branched out slightly and decided on the fried eggs and ham combo – a dish that arrived with full of character, resembling E.T. in its presentation.
Schlappin is a tranquil paradise minutes from the more bustling area of Klosters. For those who enjoy typically swiss villages, authentic cuisine and an oasis to cool off, make your way to this remote gem before the cold months set in.