White turf is a horse racing competition, which has been taking place on the frozen lake of St. Moritz since 1907.
White turf is ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AND EXTRAORDINARY WINTER EVENTS IN SWITZERLAND.
Winter 2016 was very warm, I believe, it didn’t help with organisation of White Turf 2016. The races on the first day were canceled. Moreover, even the last day of the competition didn’t give a confidence, whether it will take place or not. I was concerned by the ice condition, but at the end, everything went through well, and I could enjoy the breathtaking horse races on the beautiful frozen lake of St. Moritz!
SINCE 1907, THE LAKE of St. Moritz HAS BEEN TRANSFORMING INTO THE CENTRE of the horse racing and winter activities FOR THREE SUNDAYS IN FEBRUARY.
White Turf is not only en event for tourists and horserace enthusiasts, who is certainly an important part of it, but also for jockeys, trainers and horse-owners from all over the world. Moreover, the event is an important part of the life of the local people.
The general atmosphere was great! In the middle of the Lake was the White Turf village, where I could find food-tents and drinks, also there were people dressed in the traditional costumes with the wild birds, such as owls and eagles. The view from the tribune was spectacular.
I think the main stars of the event were horses! They were elegant, magnificent and excited! Every and each of them was ready to show up the power! I think their owners could be so proud of them because it was a fantastic competition! :)
Good to know:
- Dates of White Turf 2016: 7th, 14th, 21st of February 2016.
- Location: the frozen lake of St. Moritz.
- Tickets prices: started from 20 CHF for the standing space.
- Getting there, from Zurich, by train: Zurich – Landquart – St. Moritz / Zurich – Chur – St. Moritz.
- Travel time is approximately 3 – 3,5 hours.
- Dates of White Turf 2017: 12th, 19th, 26th of February 2017.
More information about the White Turf you may find on the official website.
If you haven’t visited this interesting and unique event yet, make a note in your calendar with reminder to visit it next year!
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