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A trip through the largest canton of Switzerland
Sights in Chur and the surrounding area as well as Arosa and Lenzerheide
On the way to the numerous valleys and plateaus of Graubünden, the first place you cross on the north-south axis is Heidiland. Now it is not far to the cantonal capital in the heart of the Grisons. Chur is considered the oldest city in the country and offers the best themed city tours in Switzerland. Discover the mysterious corners of the old town, or escape the urban hustle and bustle with a trip to the local mountain Brambrüesch. The Alp is perfect for teaching kids how to ski. In summer, whiz down the alpine bike park, or take a short recreational walk through the flowering meadows. But among the classics of this region are clearly the mountain villages of Arosa and Lenzerheide. Since the winter of 2013/14, the ski areas of the popular resorts have been connected, thus doubling the number of kilometers of slopes for the ski pass in one fell swoop. Our tip: Check online early to see if there are discounted ski tickets up for grabs. In summer, a trip to the fascinating big game animals in Arosa Bärenland is also worthwhile.
Sensations in Prättigau and Davos-Klosters
From Chur, valley after valley branches out. One of them leads to the Prättigau and the vacation destination Davos-Klosters. Skiers and snowboarders cavort in the spacious ski area. Cross-country skiing enthusiasts have their fun on 100km of classic trails. Those who are familiar with the skating style can enjoy their training on over 75km. However, all those who prefer to travel on skids will experience at least as much pleasure here. The Davos sled made its name in the first historically documented and official sled race back in the 19th century. Due to the great demand, there has also been summer sledding on the Schatzalp magic mountain for some time. The Spengler Cup followed in 1923 and brought ice hockey into the spotlight in Davos. But also in summer, Europe's highest city turns into a real sports mecca - hiking, biking, golfing, trail running, stand-up paddling, paragliding and much more attract travelers to the Grisons mountains and the region's beautiful vacation homes.
Highlights in the Lower Engadine and the Val Müstair
Within 18 minutes, the car transport takes you through the Veraina tunnel and on to the next valley - the Engadin. It is one of the highest inhabited valleys in Europe. To be a bit more specific: We are now in the Lower Engadine, which stretches from Zernez through Scuol, Tarasp to Samnaun on the border with Austria. The villages are also ideal starting points for an excursion to the only Swiss national park. And in the adjacent Val Müstair you can enjoy pure nature - completely undisturbed. Our leisure tips in this region:
Relax in the bathing and sauna area of the Bogn Engiadina in Scuol after a long day on the slopes of the Motta Naluns family ski area.
Time travel - immerse yourself in the world of 1200 years ago at the UNESCO World Heritage monastery of St. Johann in Müstair or in the knightly era at Tarasp Castle.
Ice skating on the enchanting ice path in the middle of the snow-covered forest.
Attractions in the Upper Engadine
From the Punt Ota (a landmark that means "high bridge" in Romansh) begins the Upper Engadine, which is able to inspire at any time of the year. After Zuoz with its small family skiing area and past the homely villages of Samedan and Celerina, you reach the Engadine lake district. Here the sophisticated St. Moritz, Silvaplana and Sils each border on a lake of the same name. In summer, people swim, sail and kite-surf across the cool water. In winter, however, the frozen and snow-covered water surfaces are used at least as much. From the classic sports such as ice skating and cross-country skiing, on certain dates there are very special sporting events such as snow polo or the White Turf with horse racing and skijoring. Never heard of skijoring? Here brave skiers are pulled by horses. In addition to the large lakes of the valley, smaller ones such as the Stazersee or the Lej Nair are also popular photo spots. With a bit of luck in the weather, you will encounter sparkling and mirror-smooth black ice. From Pontresina, the glacier valleys of Morteratsch and Val Roseg can be explored on foot or on cross-country skis. And on the Bernina Pass, the Diavolezza/Lagalb ski area beckons with white slopes for the first turns on skis as early as autumn, when the rest of the valley still glows in the golden colors of the larches. In spring, the hike from Muottas Muragl via the Segantini hut to Pontresina is considered the perfect opportunity for an ibex sighting.
Places of interest in the Albula region and in Surses
Upper Engadine = end of the line? Of course not! Over the Maloja Pass we head towards Italy to Chiavenna. Via Pontresina the pass road winds its way between the Bernina and Livigno Alps to the Puschlav or Val Poschiavo as it is called in Italian. The UNESCO World Heritage route of the Rhaetian Railway also leads past Lago Bianco to Tirano. Back towards the center of the canton of Graubünden, however, it is mostly over two other passes. Via Julierpass, this takes you into Val Surses to Bivio and Savognin, each with a family-friendly ski area, and finally to Parc Ela - Switzerland's largest nature park. Have you ever tried the excellent Via Romantica pleasure hike here? Enjoy the main course at the Gässalibeiz in Jenisberg and dessert at the end of the hike in Filisur. The Albulapass route is an alternative route and particularly popular with cyclists. If you do, however, be sure to make a stop at Lake Palpuogna. But beware, the route is only open to cars in summer. In winter, the pass can only be crossed by train. The road is then reserved for all the sledders and tobogganers who whiz down from Preda to Bergün.
Special features in Viamala and the gorge world
Impressive Viamala, wildly romantic Cardinello and water-rich Roffla gorge - in the history of Graubünden this gorge world was given a special significance. The traces of the important transit route from Roman times are still visible today. Hiking through the exciting gorges and discovering the Beverin Nature Park by bike immediately relaxes you and takes you away from the stress of everyday life. For pure relaxation, take a bath in the healing waters in Andeer. Also exciting: the Crestawald Festival Museum in the Rheinwald.
Eye-catchers in the Surselva
After a clockwise tour through the Grisons, we end in the Surselva. The region stretches from the Oberalp Pass in the middle of the Andermatt-Sedrun ski arena with its starting point at Disentis and its imposing Benedictine monastery to the confluence of the Vorder and Hinter Rhine at Tamins. In between are popular vacation destinations such as Flims Laax Falera. A branch-off leads to Val Lumnezia and Vals. Families feel instantly at home in the Surselva. In winter, however, Laax is considered a real hotspot, especially by young adults and freestylers from all over the world. In summer, the Flims High Ropes Park provides thrills for the whole family.
The best excursion destinations in Graubünden
Our excursion tips
- In winter, the region is bursting with great skiing opportunities.
- As soon as the snow has melted, a whole splendor of nature really comes to light. Fantastic hikes are undertaken. One of them runs along the railroad tracks of the Albula line and is perfect for families.
- The Pradaschier toboggan run is great fun for young and old.
Active vacations - Sport
Our excursion tips
- Winter belongs to the skiing enthusiasts. The beautiful panorama and slopes with fresh powder snow can be found on every corner in Graubünden. One of the most popular ski resorts is certainly Davos.
- Summer brings with it a variety of hiking opportunities. So the mountain panorama can be admired not only on skis. For the connoisseurs among you, the panorama trail in the Upper Engadine, rich in views, is a must.
- Water sports enthusiasts can now look forward to. River rafting, canoeing and much more awaits you in the waters of Graubünden.
Culinary highlights in Graubünden
Capuns from Surselva or Pizzoccheri from Valposchiavo. No matter where you are, in Graubünden you will find traditional food on every corner. What is special about Capuns, for example, is that there is no recipe. You will find several interpretations all over the canton.
The best time for your vacations in Graubünden
You will find the mildest temperatures from June to September. In July it can get up to 19°C. In January and February, winter sports are practiced at cool temperatures.
Arrival and mobility on the spot
It is worthwhile to travel by car through the Grisons! It is not for nothing that the Grand Tour of Switzerland Tourism passes through here. However, always find out whether the desired pass roads are also open. For those who are less fond of driving over snow-covered roads, the Veraina tunnel is the best remedy. Here, however, in the high season there may be waiting times at the paid car transport. You can also comfortably explore the canton on the rails of the Rhaetian Railway. In your travel destination it is advisable to ask for a guest card. Often not only hotel guests, but also vacation apartment users benefit from the advantages of public transport and other discounts.