Since its heyday in the early 1900s as a refuge for the wealthy and tuberculosis-stricken, Davos (pronounced Dah-vos by outsiders and Dah-vos by residents) hasn't changed much. The inspiration for Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain, this Swiss ski town still boasts only one small commercial thoroughfare, which makes the World Economic Forum's annual meeting, held here every January, a very intimate affair. More than 2,400 members of the organization--which comprises 1,000 of the world's most powerful corporations--attend, alongside several dozen heads of state, movie stars, musicians, and other celebrities.
Sleep: Although events are held at the Congress Center, the real hub is the Steigenberger Hotel Belvedere, one of two five-star hotels in town. Notable guests have included Nelson Mandela and Pervez Musharraf. And in 2006, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie holed up here and tried to keep a low profile. Another option is the nearby Waldhotel, which has a renowned spa. When an entourage is too large for either place, as was the case with the Google team last year, attendees turn to local real estate agency Guyan for a weeklong apartment rental.