Chur – the oldest city in Switzerland

Chur is an ancient city, whose history dates back 5000 years from now. It was under the reign of Celts, Romans, Franks and Ostrogoths and served as the main strategic gateway to vital trade routes and passes through the Alps. Now it is not only the largest town, but also the capital of the Swiss canton of Grisons, which spreads along the Grisonian Rhine Valley.

Chur is a wonderful place, old part of which looks like a traditional city from the picture of the 18th and 19th centuries with low houses with tiled roofs, streets and squares laid out with paving stones, ancient lanterns, the residence of the rulers of the canton and the bishop’s palace.

But in addition to many picturesque mansions and churches, this capital has got a dozen times more to offer. What exactly? Let’s find out!

Interesting things about Chur

Archeologists uncover artifacts on the city grounds which date back from 12’000 to 9000 years BC!

According to the discovery, Chur has been inhabited for over 5000 years. Indeed, archaeologists discovered proof that the settlement goes back as far as the ancient Pfyn culture which existed at the end of the third millennium BC. Thus, Chur is ranked as the oldest Swiss settlement. Some remnants from the Bronze and Iron Ages have also been unearthed in the eastern part of the city’s center:  Luco-Meluno settlements and Bronze Age Urnfield originated in 1300-800 BC and Iron Age settlements from as far as the 5th to 3rd centuries BC.

How long has Chur been the capital?

When the Roman Empire came to rule the area, in 15 BC it became the Roman province of Raetia. In the times of Emperor Diocletian, the existing settlement of Curia Raetorum, which was later named Chur, became the capital of the province.

The 4th century saw Chur honored to become the seat of the first Christian bishopric on the North from the Alps. According to a legend its foundation is assigned to a Briton king, St. Lucius. However, the facts state that the first known bishop was known to be Asinio in 451 AD.

Chur is the main gateway to all the wonders of Switzerland’s largest tourist region

Indeed, the canton of Graubünden or Grisons, as it is also called, is the largest tourist region and the highest region of the Swiss Alps. It is located between Italy, Austria and Liechtenstein, in the very heart of the Alps.

Employing the language of figures, we can see that this canton is not only a natural Eldorado, but a proud owner of so many records and unique sites. Graubünden is the largest canton in Switzerland with an area of 7,106 square kilometers, which is more than 17% of the total area of the country. There are 150 valleys, 615 lakes, 937 mountain peaks, with altitude difference from 4 049 meters (Piz Bernina) to 279 meters above sea level (San Vittore, on the border with the canton of Ticino), 140 settlements, which offer more than 1,000 hotels. Some of the best, most striking and unforgettable landscapes, and most renowned and luxurious resorts are located particularly in this canton; and Chur is the perfect gateway to all of them, thanks to its convenient location.

Chur is the only city in Switzerland with its own winter and summer sports region

There are plenty of all-year-round recreation areas on hills and in the close vicinity of the Brambrüesch Mountain, linked with the city by means of the Brambrüesch aerial cableway. In addition to this Chur all famous resorts of Graubünden lie a short ride away too (26 holiday and spa resorts can be reached in less than an hour from Chur), which means the city has a new adventure to offer every day.

Chur is a city of polyglots

Despite the fact that the official language of the city is the Swiss variety of Standard German, the residents predominantly speak the local variant of the High Alemannic Swiss German dialect. But there are few places in Switzerland, where you will feel as comfortable not knowing German, as in Chur. Why is that?

First of all, it should be mentioned that Chur is the capital of the canton of Grisons which is known as the only Swiss canton with three official languages, one of which is the Romansh language. And Grisons has the population of about 190 thousand inhabitants, who speak German, Italian and Romansh. A lot of people speak or at least understand French too, and the majority is fluent in English. Thus, communication with local residents or getting around will never be a problem.

The first and one of the two remaining famous Giger bars was opened in Chur

A Giger Bar is a creation of the Swiss artist H. R. Giger – the Oscar prize-winning creator of “Alien”, who was born in Chur.

In fact, Switzerland has not one but two Giger Bars. The one in Chur, the H.R. Giger Bar, opened way back in 1992, and the other one is The Museum HR Giger Bar in Château St. Germain, Gruyères, which has been working since 2003.

The third Giger bar was situated in Shirokanedai, Tokyo, but after facing problems with Japanese building codes, Giger threw in the towel and terminated his involvement with the project.

In 2013, Andy Davies, the founder of the Sci-Fi Hotel chain, offered Giger a partnership and establish the Giger Bar in the United States. However, a year later Giger passed away and the project still hasn’t been implemented yet. The two bars in Switzerland are the only ones that exist.

H. R. Giger was one of the designers who worked on the film Alien. The biomechanical style, as shown in film, was used to adorn the interior of the bars. The artist modeled the walls, fittings, chairs and the roof to match the designs as seen in the Alien films.

An asteroid was named after Chur

On November 16, 2009, the asteroid number 269550 was discovered by José De Queiroz, head of the Mirasteilas Observatory in Falera, a municipality, which is about 20 kilometers from Chur. The asteroid has a diameter of about 2.5 kilometers and draws its orbit around the sun at an average distance of 345 million kilometers. It needs four-and-a-half years for a round-up. The discovery was confirmed by the Minor Planet Center in July 2011. Since then, the asteroid has been officially named Chur.

How to get to Chur?

By plane:

The closest airport for international flights to Chur is Zurich International Airport.  To get from Chur to the airport, you can take a direct train, which takes around 1 hour and 50 minutes.

By train:

Chur is located about 120 kilometers away from Zürich by rail.

The main railway station of the city is the one where the Swiss Federal Railways and the Rhaetian Railway connect. Most of Switzerland is served by the SBB, whereas RhB serves the most of Graubünden’s internal rail traffic. In order to reach the station of Chur Stadtbahn, one of the RhB lines, which goes to Arosa, runs through the streets in the center of Chur and Sand.

Besides those, there are other railway stations in the city: Chur Wiesental, Chur West and Chur Stadt.

By bus:

Travelling by bus is a wonderful option as well, since the network is well-developed and busses run frequently and on time. Postbus station can be found just above the railway station.

By car:

Driving in Chur is possible, though, the Old Town of Chur is car-free, and there is enough of parking space, but there’s no dire need in a car in this city. If you are traveling by car, you may get to Chur by taking one of two exits on the A13 motorway.

Getting around?

Chur is a very small city and it is easy to cover on foot. Despite this, taxis and buses, are available. The bus station is on the top floor of the railway station, just under its famous glass roof, the timetable is there as well.

The Old Town is pedestrianized and lies on the left side of the station. To get there, walk along the Bahnhofstrasse, which then changes into the Postgasse, which passes through the heart of the Old Town.

Where to stay and grab a bite?

There are lots of excellent choices in terms of accommodation, despite the small size of the city. If you’re on budget, check out the hostels, JBN Hostel for instance. Or head to one of the hotels, such as Hotel Krone, Hotel Rosenhügel, Hotel Schweizerhaus, or splurge ones like Hotel ABC, Hotel Chur and Hotel Drei Könige.

Some of these hotels have a long and interesting history, in addition to beautiful buildings and excellent service. So, take a look at those. And if you have an opportunity, pick Hotel Stern. About a century ago, the historic Hotel Stern was refurbished and enlarged, and since then has been continually maintained. The hotel has many tales to tell in many places on its premises. For example, the pine parlors will tell you stories with numerous illustrations by Alois Carigiet, an illustrator of the Swiss children’s classic “A Bell for Ursli”. The hotel owner and the artist were friends at that time. He also designed the menu for the gourmet restaurant, which offers typical regional dishes such as capuns  and maluns.

As to the eating out, Gasthaus Gansplatz, Zunfthaus zur Rebleuten and Restaurant Calanda offer local specialties. There are a few wonderful establishments with international cuisine as well. Round off your day with a visit to “Schall und Rauch”, one of the most stylish bars in Chur. A large selection of drinks, a great atmosphere and music will make it wonderful evening.

And, of course, you should drop by Evviva Plankis – a gelateria with local ice cream, which is a sheer delight for children and adults.

Shopping in Chur

Chur is the main hub of the canton with the most developed tourist infrastructure, which includes a lot of shops to offer. And that means that it is a perfect place for a nice shopping spree. Thankfully, the prices are less biting than in St. Moritz or Davos, so you most definitely will be able to allow yourself a ‘spree’.

The Bahnhofstrasse and in the Old Town of Chur has most of the shops. A few international shops like H&M or NewYorker can be found as well. Coop City and MANOR, which are the department stores located along the Bahnhofstrasse, are popular place with shoppers. However, they may not work on Sundays and regional holidays.

And don’t forget about local markets. Chur’s weekly market, taking place on Saturday, offers a really colourful backdrop. Between May and October, farmers from the city and the rest of Graubünden sell local produce, including: «Andutgels» (dry sausage), fruits, vegetables, elderberry syrup and goat cheese. There is also the «Gänggelimarket» (a flea market) on the first Saturday of each month, where you might pick up a vintage treasure or two.

What is the weather like in Chur?

If you’re planning to pay this city a short visit or linger for a bit longer, you don’t have to worry about the weather. Although Switzerland is a landlocked, Chur has surprisingly got an oceanic climate. That means that summers are warm and only occasionally hot, with an average temperature of 25 °C in the daytime, while winters are mild and snowy, but seldom freezing, with the temperature about 5 °C during the day.

The wettest month is August during which there is precipitation for an average of 11.6 days. The driest month of the year is March with only 8.2 days on average, when you may end up dealing with rain and bad weather. Despite generally very accommodating weather conditions, the city is subjected to fog from time to time, which may obscure the beautiful panorama this territory boasts of having. Thus, don’t forget to check the weather forecast and humidity levels before going to one of the vantage points.

Useful tips to keep in mind while going to Chur

Save up money in Chur and its canton by using the GraubündenPASS, which allows you to travel on public transport without limit.  The pass covers Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), Rhaetian Railway, PostAuto, Matterhorn Gotthard Railway, bus lines in Klosters, Scuol and St. Moritz or the cableway Rhäzüns – Feldis and other transport companies such as Engadin Bus, Davos, Silvestri Bus Livigno, citybus Chur. You can simple choose which region you are going to travel in, which would be one zone, or buy one ticket to cover the whole of Graubünden – that includes all zones.

In addition, bikers and cyclists can make use of the graubündenPASS as well with their special pass valid for a day.

What to see and do in Chur?

Wander around the city and see all of its attractions!

The beautiful Old Town of Chur is replete with medieval cobbled alleys, enclosed courtyards and picturesque mansions, so it’s better to set aside some ample time to get acquainted with all its attractions, after all, Chur is home to many buildings or other sites that are listed as Swiss heritage sites of national significance.

The Old Town is situated between Postplatz, which divides the city in two parts, the bishop’s court, built on a hill with the Baroque Bishop Palace dating from 1732, and the river Plessur. At the Arcas, the Kornplatz, the Pfisterplatz, the Majoranplatz and the Hegisplatz there are many guild and citizen houses from the 16th to the 18th century. At the foot of the inn there stands the Upper Spaniöl, further down in the Old Town you will find the Lower Spaniöl. On the Martinsplatz there are the Protestant Martinskirche, a late-Gothic building, the Antistitium and the Bärenloch. On the Reichsgasse stands the Haus Planaterra, a former hospital.

On the eastern edge of the Old Town there is the government square with the Grey House – the government building built in 1751-52. In addition to the state chancery and the meeting room of the government council, it also houses the Canton Library of Graubünden and the State Archives.

On the Hof, a quarter with a complex of buildings of the 18th century, which forms the heart of the city, there’s a memorial to the Association of the Three Grey Leagues in 1471. Further up is the St. Luzius church. In the direction of Masans, the Old Town is closed by the Regulakirche.

On the Zeughausstrasse the building complex with the Theater Chur is located, so you may enjoy a performance or two, if you have time. You can also admire the wall paintings by Giovanni Giacometti at the crematorium “Totengut”, located in the Sand Quarter.

The twisting alleys of the Old Town will take you on a pleasant walk toward the Bishop’s Palace. Earlier on the place of the Bishop’s Palace, there was a wall-painting in the corridor of the first floor with 35 scenes of “dances of death”, like in Lucerne.  It was commissioned by the then prince-bishop Luzius Iter in 1543 by an unknown master following the images of the death of Hans Holbein.

Admire the fine architecture of the Bishop’s Palace and its beautiful cathedral!

The fortifications surrounding the courtyard of the Bishop’s Palace make it look like a small town high above the city. In the center of the courtyard there is the Cathedral of the Assumption, which is considered the most important building in the city.

The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption houses the relics of St Lucius of Britain, who was martyred in the area back in the 2nd century. All the city’s Catholic citizens were confined to a ghetto around the bishop’s court during the Swiss Reformation.

The first building on the site was built in the 5th century. It is likely that the Romanesque crypt was built during the years of Bishop Tello (758-73). It contains remarkable paintings by Albrecht Dürer and Hans Holbein. The construction of the present building was finished in 1270. The largest medieval window in Graubünden is known to be the round arch window positioned along the center axis. The construction of the high altar in the late-Gothic style was finished in 1492 by Jakob Russ.

The 800 year old cathedral was being renovated from 2001 to 2007. So, now you’ve got the opportunity to see the whole complex along with the church in all of its glory. To learn more about the place, you may opt for a guided city tour or tour in the cathedral itself. Or you can wander around yourself, the architecture, sculptures, rosettes and exhibits tell the story no worse than the guides.

Walk beneath the Obertor – one of the symbols of Chur – and admire the paintings!

The Obertor, alongside with the two other towers, Sennhof and Maltese, is part of the surviving town fortifications from the mediaeval times. The Obertor became a symbol of Chur due to its impressive appearance. The four-storey tower is integrated in the structure of the housing development based on the town walls. However, it stands out from the terraced row for its lighter stonework. The paintings depicted in the archway date back to the 20th century.

Enjoy a meal in the outdoor café at the picturesque Arcas square!

Picturesque and medieval – that is how the Arcas looks today. Before 1971, however, it was quite a different story, for until then warehouses obscured the square. Architect Theodor Hartmann had these demolished and integrated an underground garage into his new design concept. Nevertheless, the Arcas has still retained its medieval character, for the row of houses extending towards the Plessur River are built onto the old city walls. And these – as can be seen at Arcas 25 – are thought to date from the 13th century. Nowadays, the medieval houses, with the modern open spaces in between, give the square a picturesque touch. And you can take in all this beauty, while sitting in one of the street cafes that take up some of the cozy square’s corners.

Visit St. Stephen’s Church and its museum!

Below the Halde cantonal school’s playground you can see the most important monument of early Christianity in Graubünden: the Underground Church that is the remains of St. Stephen’s church, which was built in the 5th century and served as a burial church for the bishops of Chur. It was rediscovered in 1850 during construction of the first cantonal school. It was fully excavated in 1955-56 and completely encapsulated during the reconstruction of the school in the 1970s and integrated into the building underground. In the course of the total renovation completed in 2010, the space was converted into a museum worthy of the church’s importance and opened to the public.

Enjoy the exhibitions and live music at the Geschäftshaus Würth!

Forum Würth Chur, accessible to public, is the building which hosts various exhibitions several times a year. The exhibitions are chiefly assembled from over 16,000 exhibits of the Würth collection. Every exhibition is accompanied by an entertaining program, which makes the event even more attractive to visitors. The auditorium is also a place for regular jazz, classical or gospel music concerts.

The building itself is easily recognizable for its glass panels placed in rows forming three upper levels. The panels form a screen which reflects the beautiful surrounding landscape and the sky. The cool-looking façade is given a warm accent with red stripes between the panels. Dieter Jüngling and Andreas Hagmann are the creators of this masterpiece of modern architecture.

See the Roman archeological findings!

To see the excavation sights, you will need the key to enter the protected buildings, which you can have at the Chur Tourism information center provided you leave a deposit. You may take a tour offered by the Graubünden Archaeological Service and look at the archeological discoveries from the Roman times. The buildings were designed by Peter Zumthor, a Graubünden’s architect. The buildings are not only a protective cover of the ancient artifacts but also a museum which allows visitors explore the history of the Roman era.

See the most spectacular parts of Switzerland from the panorama windows of some of world’s best scenic expresses

The Glacier Express and Bernina Express trains stop at Chur and are without a doubt the most scenic way to travel throughout the region. Not only that. They are the reason why many people come to Switzerland in the first place! After all, these two train routes are the most scenic and the “classiest” classic among the world railway tours.

It doesn’t matter if you go on one of these trains to get to Chur or take a trip while staying there – the impressions will last for a lifetime as they offer the opportunity to see the most dramatic parts of Switzerland running through some of the most spectacular landscapes.

The famous Glacier Express (St Moritz – Davos – Chur – Zermatt) is the 8-hour journey on board the slowest express train in the world, taking its passengers through 91 tunnels, amongst them a few impressive spiral ones, and over 291 bridges, including the headspinning Landwasser Viaduct. The route lies through the Albula Valley with its Albula Line being a UNESCO World Heritage railway line and the Rhine Gorge, Switzerland’s very own Grand Canyon.

The Bernina Express (Chur – Davos – St Moritz – Tirano) arguably the most scenic Swiss train ride of all (although the Glacier Express competes for the title), including such masterpieces of architecture as the 65 meter high Landwasser Viaduct at Filisur and the unique circular viaduct at Brusio on its way. This is the highest-altitude rail route in Europe, which, being 144 km in total, runs through lovely meadows up to rugged peaks and glaciers, along lakes and passes through different climate zones and the canton’s three different language regions in a matter of just over 4 hours. The 67 km of the Albula Line, which is already mentioned UNESCO World Heritage railway line, run across 144 bridges, through 42 tunnels and galleries. The following Bernina Line crosses 52 bridges and runs through 13 tunnels and galleries.

These rides are your first and foremost activity on the “to do” list, because they allow one to plunge in the very essence of Switzerland.

Learn about the history of railway travel at Albula’s Railway Museum!

This undoubtedly fascinating museum can be found in Bergün. It is a great attraction for those who take interest in railway travel. It houses a range of exhibition rooms displaying such all sorts of exhibits including one of the last known Crocodile locomotives. The museum presents a historical and modern-day view of a railway.

Over 600 items, that were used throughout a century of history, are now on display for visitors.So, if you want, you may drive the «Krokodil» along the Albula line. In addition to this, there are temporary exhibitions, a model workshop, and show-depot for both visitors and enthusiasts. You can have a guided tour or wander around by yourself; it’s really going to be the highlight of the day for just about anyone!

Visit the Haldenstein Castle!

Haldenstein Castle dates back to the 16th century and is one of the Swiss cultural-historical protected items. The gardens of the palace are considered one of the most attractive sited in the Chur region. Hundreds of visitors annually come to see and walk in these park-like gardens, situated within an impressive structure of a wall topped with battlements. The best way to explore Haldenstein Castle is to take a guided tour.

Apart from the spring Garden Festival and the summer Castle Opera, there are numerous other popular events that take place here.

Participate in various festivals and cultural events!

There is plenty of big-scale, interesting and sometimes even unusual festivities that transpire in this picturesque corner. Let’s start with Chur City Festival and Alpine Beard Festival that takes place in the Old Town offering culinary delights, music and a gathering of Europe’s finest beards wearers, who elect their champion in August. The same month pleases the visitors with another holiday – Haldenstein Castle Opera – an open-air opera, performed every 2 years in the Haldenstein Castle.

September is far from being dull as well, hosing Chur Hit Parade, during which fans travel to Graubünden’s capital to meet top stars from the Swiss pop music world.

Actually, autumn in Chur is generously packed with different events. For example, each autumn, Chur Theatre presents an international theatre and dance program within the Chur Autumn Festival in October/November.

Many short events at various cultural venues in Chur open for 12 hours during the Long Saturday in November.

And magic seeps into every corner of this city in December with Advent in Chur, rich in attractions such as a Christmas market, figure skating, gospel sounds and Santa’s bus.

Visit the museums!

The Graubünden Art Museum with numerous works by Angelika Kauffmann, the Giacometti family of artists, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, the “Rot-Blau” artists’ group, who all have a close relationship with the canton of Grisons and are important to art history today; the Rhaetian Museum with versatile exibitions, where the basement is dedicated the “Finds and Findings” of archaeology, the first floor to “Power and Politics”, the second to “Bread and Work” and the third one to “Faith and Knowledge”; Gallery Luciano Fasciati, dedicated to contemporary art; and Graubünden Natural History Museum,  focused on the themes of biodiversity, habitat Graubünden, minerals & geology and fish, are among the most popular destinations in Chur.

Have a coffee and a delicious cake at the famous Merz confectionery!

The famous confectionery of Merz, having won multiple awards, welcomes sweets lovers from far and wide luring them with a great range of mouth-watering pastries, cakes, chocolates and other sweet creations. So, why not join their league? Those, who have been there at least once, always come back. Don’t believe it? Why not go there for a cup of fine coffee and one of the chef-d’oeuvres after a city walk. There you can rest and observe the outside life from a window while indulging yourself in the sweet delight of the Swiss confectionery. Be warned, though: there is a big chance you will find it hard to leave Chur once you try the treats here.

See the story of Christmas unfold on the rosettes of St. Martin’s Church!

St. Martin’s Church, whose name was chosen to honor St. Martin, Bishop of Tours, has the second largest clock face (there´re four of them on each side) in Switzerland with 8 meters in diameter, and was originally a Romanesque church built in the 8th century and consecrated in 769 AD. During the great fire in 1464, the church was almost absolutely destroyed. However, it was rebuilt, having used the parts of its Carolingian predecessor. After its completion in 1491 it became and still is the largest building in Graubünden which was built in the late Gothic style. Located in the Old Town, this church served the center for the Reformation in Chur in the 16th century. In 1919, an artist by the name Augusto Giacometti added three glass windows that illustrate a Christmas story.

Experience, how an alien dimension feels like over a drink at the world’s first Giger Bar!

You have learned a little about this bar already, so it’s high time to get a couple of drinks there. You may also find interesting the fact that it was originally meant for New York. Well, it definitely would have caused a sensation. But when the financing of the project proved difficult, Chur’s administration stepped in – and created the world’s first Giger Bar in Chur.

And luckily so, because once you set a foot inside, you become surrounded by fantasy creatures and skeletons from the imaginary alien world, but the atmosphere is so realistic, that as you sip your earthly drink, you have the creepy feeling that this whole alien thing isn’t as illusionary, as it seems.

Ascend the Brambrüesch – Chur’s local mountain – for a fantastic view!

This experience is absolutely special and popular in summer and winter alike. From the heart of the city you ride the cable car up to the vast sun terrace of the mountain restaurant, where you can enjoy the fabulous views, followed by specialties from Graubünden in the restaurant, which taste especially good in the fresh mountain air.

Get some thrills while doing some exotic extreme sports!

Have you ever been bikeboarding, dirtsurfing, or mountain boarding? You have never heard of it? Don’t miss a chance to try it yourself. The strangest and most impressive descents start in front of the restaurant on the Brambrüesch Mountain. The sports school on one of the base cams offers all the necessary equipment for rent.

Daredevils will be super excited for sure: pump tracks, slope style, dirt parks, amazingly varied trails and tracks for bikers of all stripes – all of this awaits you in a close proximity to Chur. The Skill Center Lenzerheide, for instance, is perfect for both beginners and experienced bikers to refine their technique or be bold enough to take big jumps without any fear as there is a guaranteed soft landing on the ‘Big Air Bag’. Bike lovers of all ages can practice and perfect their skills at Flims Bike Park. So, if you’re into this kind of pastime, get stocked up on lots of energy, as there are plenty of superb spots to burn it.

Go biking or trekking, and relaxing for free!

Whether you enjoy a free-ride along the mountain tracks, extreme descents at a high speed or leisurely pedaling together with your children, the Alps can offer wonderful experiences for bike enthusiasts of all levels. However, Graubünden is also a great place for hikers with over 4,000 km of trails.

And if you ever run out of steam during your bike tour, the numerous cable-cars, the Rhaetian Railway and the Graubünden Post bus will transport you and your mountain bike conveniently from the valley to the summit or from A to B.

What is really great, is that, mostly, as long as you spend at least one night in a certified “GraubündenBIKEHOTEL”, you get public transport in the region included free, and many additional services as well, such as free bike transport on the cable-cars or a free entry to the thermal baths.

Get to know what surrounding areas have got to offer!

Chur is the best place to set out for many sights including the word’s renowned spa resorts such as Flims/Laax, Arosa and Lenzerheide, or the Viamala canyon and the Heididörfli. At the height of 2,174 m one can find Brambrüesch-Dreibündenstein , famous winter sports area. The well-known regions of the Engadin and Prattigau valleys are very easily accessed from Chur as well, and don’t forget about the luxurious ski resorts of St. Moritz and Davos/Klosters. The less known resort of the Surselva is also really close to Chur.

Experience Chur and its neighborhood at their best – go on a round trip from Chur to Arosa through the Schanfigg valley!

On foot or by bike, this route is immensely popular and there’s a very nice reason for that. Starting at the Chur railway station, the tour first leads you through the historical Old Town of Chur. Then you follow the street to Passugg – Praden – Tschiertschen. From Tschiertschen to the Ochsenalp the ascent follows a (sometimes rough) hiking trail. During summer time, you can drink and eat something at the Ochsenalp, before you continue to the Prätschalp and further to Arosa. In the famous spa town there are many restaurants, where you can relax and recharge your batteries.

The descent follows the path to Litzirüti – Prätschwald – Molinis. From there you ascent again 300 meters in height to Tschiertschen and take the route of the ascent back to Chur. As you see, you get not only the chance to see some of the most beautiful cities of the region along with their architecture, but also have a nice workout that will take your mind off the problems and day to day life, allowing to relax, all the way being surrounded by spectacular Alpine scenery and lovely Swiss villages.