The attractive old town of Chur is a superb destination at the centre of an area offering incredible scenic journeys and places of interest. Chur is Switzerland’s oldest town and as the capital of the canton of Graubünden it has developed as a hub for the most amazing rail journeys into the high Alps including the Arosa Line, Bernina Express and the Glacier Express.
The interesting Gothic Old Town dates from the 15th and 16th century; be sure to visit the 800 year old cathedral which has a wonderful, three-sided carved altar dating back to the 15th century. The area around St. Martin's Church and Martinsplatz, with its narrow streets and pretty squares adorned with flowers, is an ideal place to stroll around. A Saturday market adds to the colour from May to October where farmers from all over Graubünden proudly display their produce - look out for the Bünderfleisch air dried meats and local cheeses which are a real delight. Modern shopping and a variety of excellent restaurants all help to make Chur an enjoyable year round destination.
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Where to stay
Our handpicked Chur hotel
What to see and do
Brambrüesch, Chur’s local mountain, is reached by cable car which whisks you 1,000m up to the high plateau, meadows, walking trails and panoramic views. Another recommended journey is the very scenic Arosa Line which crosses the elegantly designed Langwieser Viaduct and allows you to enjoy lunch at 1,800m.
The awesome Rhine Gorge is close by and offers some fabulous walks and views over the 'Swiss Grand Canyon', while the Viamala Gorge is also worth visiting - you can walk 321 steps to the bottom. The St. Martin Church at Zillis is famous for its 12th century painted ceiling and can be combined with Viamala Gorge. The Maienfeld village was the inspiration for the Heidi tales and makes for a delightful visit. Please click here for more excursions in the region.
Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Take a day trip on the Bernina Express scenic rail journey. You'll travel on the World Heritage line across the Alps and even have time for a quick lunch in Italy! You can also see the origins of the Alps at the Tectonic Area at Sardona. See more Swiss World Heritage Sites here.
Explore the region with our great value travel passes
Our holidays include the Half Fare Card, which entitles you to a 50% discount on most rail, mountain railways, cable cars, boats and PostBuses across Switzerland.
If you are planning trips further afield, it can be well worth pre-booking the Swiss Travel Pass, as it saves you a great deal of money - and helps you avoid the queues at the ticket office! We will be delighted to help you choose the one that's right for you. Call us on 0800 619 1200 for more advice.
Scenic rail holidays from Chur
Enjoy a fantastic two or multi centre holiday, with a scenic rail journey connecting your resorts.
Chur lies at the heart of several scenic journeys. The famous Glacier Express calls here, before continuing its way over the Alps to Zermatt. Alternatively, you can board the Bernina Express through to Lugano.
If you prefer to be based solely in Chur, there are several scenic day trips to enjoy. You can take the highly recommended Bernina Express down to Tirano, or the scenic Arosa Line. You can even take a trip on the Furka steam train. We can tailor make any itinerary you choose, please contact us for details on 0800 619 1200.