On a snowy winter evening, St. Moritz assumes the appearance of an ice castle floating in the middle of an Alpine valley. The blue and white lights twinkle against the dark sky and green, wooded hillside. When the snow melts away, it exposes an array of old and modern architecture.

Although the old Swiss village style is nearly gone, the Engadine Museum holds a collection of old Engadine architecture and interior decorative arts. Its wood panelled rooms and thatch roofs were familiar stylistic features hundreds of years ago.

Churches are examples of older buildings that lie farther into the countryside. Muestair Monastery in the nearby side valley, Val Müstair, is among the oldest in tact religious sites in Switzerland. Charles the Great mandated its construction during the 9th century. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site for its historical significance, preservation, and astounding beauty.

These sites seem unbelievable in comparison to the contemporary landscape of St. Moritz. The parabolic shop windows and tiered hotel plazas have long been local trends. The Chesa Futura apartment building is a monument that combines past architectural techniques with futuristic materials. Perhaps, this is an indication of the future vein of Swiss architecture.