About Arosa Line day trip
Available: all year round.
Swiss Travel Pass: FREE
Half Fare Card: £16 from Chur
This unforgettable journey takes just 1 hour, but in that time climbs 1,000m on the journey from Chur to Arosa. The Arosa Line is over 100 years old and forms part of the famous Rhaetian Railway.
The journey gets off to a leisurely start in Chur, with a sedate trundle through the historic streets - past the town walls, the Maltese tower and the Obertor gate. Minutes later, the train is wending its way through unspoilt nature and the mountainous landscape of Schanfigg. The route takes you across the famous Langwieser Viaduct, that iconic feat of engineering spanning the Plessur River. Your destination is Arosa, situated at 1,800m above sea level. Here you can enjoy a day in the Alps, with plenty of fresh mountain air, walking trails and good food.
Chur is Switzerland's oldest town and capital of the region. The Old Town boasts an 800 year old cathedral as well as historic streets and pretty squares. This is a fabulous place in which to discover the long history of Swiss culture.
The awesome Langwieser Viaduct stretches for 284m across the Plessur River, at a height of 62m. 100 years ago, pioneering railway engineers constructed what was then the first railway bridge of its size to be made from reinforced concrete. Today, it is considered a heritage site of national importance.
This pretty village sits high in the mountains and offers over 200km of well prepared walking paths through a magnificent alpine landscape. The main Poststrasse - with its variety of shops and restaurants - snakes up from the Obersee Lake to Innerarosa where you will find a 15th century chapel.
Sightseeing from Arosa
Weisshorn Cable Car: Take the cable car from Arosa into the high mountains. The panorama is unforgettable: in good weather, over 2,000 peaks can be seen from the Weisshorn, as well as views back down to Chur. The mid station has some wonderful walks and relaxing mountain restaurants.
Squirrel Trail: A recommended walk from Arosa for nature lovers: on this trail you are guaranteed to encounter squirrels aplenty. The 90 minute hike leads from the Waldhotel National through fir woods up to the high plateau at Maran. There is a barbecue pit along the way and the restaurant at Maran also allows picnics.
The journey departs from the centre of Chur, perfect for anyone staying in the town or the nearby Graubünden resorts.
Those who are actually staying in Arosa will initially take the same journey from Chur as this is the only rail route to the mountain village. A quick trip back on the Arosa Line for lunch in historic Chur is certainly to be recommended during your stay.