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Badrutt's Palace celebrates 150 years of winter tourism to St. Moritz

This winter marks the 150th anniversary of  winter tourism to St Moritz, following a famous bet made between hotelier Johannes Badrutt and 4 English tourists. Now one of the most popular European winter destinations in Europe, St Moritz is promising a winter season that is bigger and better than ever. The "Grande Dame" of St Moritz, Badrutt's Palace are joining the fun by hosting a historic curling event for hotel guests and residents - a replica of those held 150 years before..

In the winter season 2014/15 Badrutt's Palace will be celebrating Johannes Badrutt, who in 1880 opened Europe's first curling rink and transformed St. Moritz into one of the most beloved destinations in the Alps. The "Downton Palace on Ice" curling event will take place alongside the first of the season's popular "White Turf" racing events.  

As well as a sporting day of curling and skating, guests will also be treated to a historic fashion show from the German Victorian Costume Club, "Victorias Enkel", who will be showcasing the winter fashions of the late 19th century on the ice rink.  As the fashion show takes place,  the Badrutt's Palace service brigade will supply an array of delicious canapés and nibbles for the players and supporters, creating a scene which could be mistaken as one from the popular TV series, "Downton Abbey".  

"Downton Palace on Ice" is the follow-on event from "Downton Palace" which took place in summer 2014 and saw the Grand Hall at Badrutt's Palace transformed in to an Absinth Afternoon Tea Party. "Downton Palace" stems from the popular English TV drama "Downton Abbey" written and produced by Oscar winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes. The internationally successful costume drama is set in Downton Abbey, an estate owned by the English nobility, the Crawley family, offering up a wealth of material for power struggles, intrigue and personal relationships. Different to today's soap operas the series touches on unusual aspects of historical events in the early 20th Century.

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