Visit Chur

Located in the heart of the Swiss Alps, the capital of the Graubünden state links the north with the south of Europe, offering a magnificent mountain setting and a vibrant cultural scene.Wednesday, 16 May 2018

By National Geographic Traveller The Collection

Located in the heart of the Swiss Alps, the capital of the Graubünden state links the north with the south of Europe, offering a magnificent mountain setting and a vibrant cultural scene. Numerous archaeological sites, ranging from prehistoric through to Roman and medieval, are evidence of Chur’s long history, with it being the oldest city in Switzerland. On various guided city tours, visitors can learn more about major historic sites, such as the 800-year-old cathedral St. Mariä Himmelfahrt or the striking St. Martin Church in the centre of the picturesque traffic-free old town.

With its numerous cosy cafes, boutiques and shops, and its winding alleys, the old town is an ideal place for a leisurely stroll while shopping. Afterwards, visitors might want to take a break in the Giger Bar, which pays homage to one of Chur’s most famous former inhabitants, HR Giger, the surrealist painter who co-created the design work on the film Alien.

One of the cultural highlights in the city is the Graubünden Museum of Fine Arts, which has recently been renovated and expanded. The new building created by the famous architect Barozzi Veiga is an architectural jewel, exhibiting unique collections by artists who lived in Graubünden. Thanks to the new spaces, the museum can show off its famous masterpieces from well-renowned local artists including Alberto Giacometti, Angelika Kauffmann, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Not Vital.

Although Chur is located in the middle of the Swiss Alps, visitors can reach it easily by public transport and by road. On the well-known Bernina Express and Glacier Express trains, passengers have the chance to enjoy Graubünden’s Alpine landscape. Between Thusis and Tirano, the Bernina Express drives through the Albula/Bernina landscapes, which became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008. The Glacier Express runs from St Moritz to Zermatt, an eight-hour journey passing through some of the most beautiful mountain scenery of Switzerland. As the base of the Rhaetian Railway’s main station, Chur is the ideal departure point for never-to-beforgotten train journeys.

Don’t miss

Chur’s local mountain, Brambrüesch, which is conveniently linked to the city by an aerial cableway

NEED TO KNOW

KEY FACILITIES

• Traffic-free Old Town
• Guided city tours and audio guide tour
• More than 500 shops
• 800-year-old cathedral and bishop’s palace
• 3 cantonal museums of Graubünden
• Gateway for train journeys

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churtourismus.ch

T: +41 81 252 18 18

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info@churtourismus.ch

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