Chur Travel Guide

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    Chur Railway Station
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Chur Highlights

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     Friendly, helpful residents. 

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     don't know the con's yet 

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     This will be my summer home as long as I can keep this gig 

Chur Things to Do

  • Old town

    The old town features a fair share of churches, museums and houses that are worth to be seen and explored. Red labels explain in German the object that you are looking at.

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  • Romans

    At the tourist information point in the train station or at the rätische museum you can ask for a key to open the gate to the roman archeology shelter. A deposit may be required.

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  • Cathedrale St. Maria Himmelfahrt

    The catholic Cathedrale St. Maria Himmelfahrt is one of the top attractions of Chur.The special feature of the Cathedral is its askew architecture.The cathedral is roughly 900 years old.

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  • St. Martins Church and Place

    The protestant St. Martins Church is one of the top attractions in Chur.You go there for the colorful windows inside.They are rather modern.The church organ is located behind the altar.Once in a while - especially during the summer months - some concerts are taking place there.If you ask in advanced, you can also go up the tower.

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  • Fontanapark

    Fontanapark is a public flower gardn. There you can go if you want to make a break and relax your feet. There is no cafe and no toiletts available.

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  • All aboard for the Bernina Express

    At just before 09.00am the Bernina Express, panoramic carriages and all, slowly drew out of Chur station making its way up the Albula Pass towards Pontresina near to the world famous ski resort of St Moritz. Operated by the Rhätische Bahn the Bernina Express provides passengers with a spectacular journey up and over the Alps.The Albula pass is...

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Chur Hotels

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Chur Restaurants

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  • Persian Food in Chur

    If you arrive in Chur at lunch time, then the Gambrinus is one of the first restaurants outside the train station.I think the place is nothing really special. I wanted to go to a local restaurant and avoid the fastfood chains.My last Persian dish was long ago, so I went there for something to eat. Chicken with rice and salad.

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  • Dining elegance at affordable prices...

    Even if you are not staying at the Hotel Chur, you will be made very welcome at the restaurant there. As with the rest of the hotel, the restaurant is elegantly decorated in dark wood with crisp white tablecloths and dim lighting. I could not understand why such an excellent restaurant wasn't better patronised on a Saturday night. I had a...

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  • Café Maron - cakes and coffee near the...

    We had a slow start the morning we left Chur, as our train didn't depart till 11.30am. After checking out of our hotel, we wandered towards the station, looking for somewhere to have a coffee on the way.Nothing inspired us until we arrived at Cafe Maron, which is actually located just across from the station. It is a large café with seating inside...

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  • Pizzeria Mamma Mia - Italian food &...

    We stayed in Chur on a Sunday night and many of the restaurants were closed. We ended up eating at a place that Lonely Planet recommended - Pizzeria Mamma Mia. Rain was threatening, so we bypassed the courtyard, and were thankful that they had a free table inside. We liked the pizzeria straight away - it had a good atmosphere, and staff were very...

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  • Hoga's Rosti Pizzeria

    Friendly and comfortable with great food, all freshly prepared so don't be in a hurry - I want to go back!Sadly closed on our last visit (looks like for good) Has to be rosti pizza!! a pizza using rosti ( fried potato and onion) for the base, a great idea, try it!!

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  • Sunny Terrace :-)

    Well...I actually never went there to eat...I always go there on sunny sundays when i have to study. They have a nice terrace protected from other roofs. It's very quiet and u can enjoy the beautiful day. Inside the restaurant has a traditional atmosphere with a lot of wood:) I'm sure they have good dishes there...I will try it someday and write...

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Chur Nightlife

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  • Most bars per capita in CH!!!!

    Chur is famous for it's thousands of bars and restaurants.The Welschdoerfli is a very new little bar and the only that opened with the concept of NO SMOKING. Soon all bars in the canton of Graubunden will have to prohibit smoking inside. The atmosphere is very relaxed and the owner is a very interesting person and good to talk to.Besides this bar...

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  • Temple for beer master...

    For beer amateur... you will have the choice among more 180 national and international beers... A good way to bring you back some souvenirs from your past travels... Small but good place to begin the night.

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  • #1 Nightclub in Chur

    A Big place for a Big night... Always crowed of a good mix of insiders and outsiders... Service efficient you will never get run of fuel... Music depends on the DJ mood ;-) What ever you want, you need only to be cool...

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Chur Transportation

  • Rhätische Bahn

    The Raethian Railway will offer a unique local network around an alpine landscape. During your railway experience you will discover numerous bridges and tunnels and incredible scenery along the way. So choose your route among Bernina Express, Glacier Express, Arosa Express, Aqualino Scuol, Engadin Star and let's rail!

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  • Save on unlimited rides around...

    If you are planning to explore the Graubünden (Andermatt, Chur, Bad Ragaz, Davos, St Moritz, Klosters, Bernina Pass, Tirano,...), the REGIONAL PASS GRAUBUEDEN is a real good value for your excursions by postautobus, trains, cogwheel trains or cable cars... ***GRAUBÜNDEN SUMMER HOLIDAY PASS, 01 MAY - 31 OCTOBER Pass validity 7 days (CHF 120/EUR...

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  • get there by car

    Getting by car to Chur is very easy because it is situated directely on the highway with direct connections to all major cities in Switzerland. For all of the highways in Switzerland you need to have a sticker on your windscreen, it will cost you 40 sfr (=ca. 25 euros) for the whole year and even when you go there only one time you have to buy such...

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Chur Shopping

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    by globetrott Updated Oct 7, 2010

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    Taste the ibex-horn !
    Capricorn-Brot is a local speciality, a bread in the shape of the horn of an ibex, and whats even better in my opinion,you will see the head of a real ibex with its impressive horns in the window as well and can take a picture from a short distance.
    Obviously you will get this type of bread also in other bakeries, but I saw it only there, while in Chur !

    What to buy: They have much more than the Capricorn-bread to choose from,they also make fine cakes !

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Chur Local Customs

  • Swiss Plugs

    I found that in both Swiss hotels I stayed in, the first in Zermatt, the second in Chur, I had to ask at reception for an electrical adaptor for my standard UK 3pin plug. I'd taken with me the two-pin plug adaptor which I've successfully used elsewhere in Europe but it seems that, like the UK, Switzerland has its own 3pin plugs.Fortunately at both...

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  • guild signs

    Watch out for the "Guild signs" as you will see a lot of quite interesting such signs all over the old city of Chur. These signs date back to the time, when most of the ordinary people could not read and so the shops showed their goods in the guild-sign and the customers knew where to go in order to do their shopping !

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  • Fasnacht - Carnival

    A Big Party in February/March, who everybody dress up. A lot of fun! Longest nights in the year... The whole town enjoys Carnival with of course the famous Guggenmusiks as DJs!

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Chur Warnings and Dangers

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    by Maryimelda Updated Oct 26, 2009

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    When you alight from the train in Chur and go down the steps from the platform to the subway underneath, you will find very little to tell you which way to go to the front of the station. If you go out of the rear entrance, as I did, you will find yourself on a very pleasant residential street with the odd shop or cafe. I had to ask a very friendly and helpful local to direct me to the main entrance of the station so that I could get a cab.
    The next day when I returned to the station to continue on my journey to Salzburg, I couldn't for the life of me, find the ticket office. Once again it was up to a very friendly and helpful local to point me in the right direction. the ticket office is downstairs, but I couldn't find a sign telling me so.

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Chur Off The Beaten Path

  • Zunfthaus zur Rebleuten

    Zunfthaus zur Rebleutenthat was the guildhouse of the vintersand it is a great restaurant nowadays.The building has some interesting detail in the facade but the most amazing thing for me was the fact that in that area they are really still growing wine and while driving up in direction Lenzerheide I also saw some vinyards close to the Hof and the...

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  • Rabengasse

    Rabengasse was my favorite sidestreet in Chur, but maybe that was just by the fact that the light was shining there in the most perfect way and maybe that I came in a perfect moment. At the end of Rabengasse I saw the building that you see in my last 2 photos here and it has a great facade that reminded me a lot of facades that I saw in Italy.

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  • Pestalozza

    Pestalozzais the name of this old building with an interesting facade in Rabengasse and it has a big hall inside that is used for events and performances nowadays. Its interesting to see such old doors and covers for the doors, like many houses have them in that area around Chur.

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Chur Sports & Outdoors

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    Sun and snow... What else?

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    For snow and winter pleasure amateur, no problem to find a close skiing area to enjoy...

    I personnaly try Arosa, Laax-Flims and Brigels skiing area. To learn more have a look to my special dedicated page by clicking on the following link: Snow and Ski around Graubunden

    Others ski resorts still to try: Lenzerheide, Davos, St-Mortiz, Klosters, Saumnan,...

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Chur Favorites

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  • Squares, fountains and statues

    The old town of Chur is filled with lots of interesting squares. As you wander the narrow streets you will come across said squares, most with fountains and/or unusual statues.The main square is surrounded by colourful buildings and has an amusing fountain. This square looks like a nice place to relax with a drink, though when we visited (on a...

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  • Isn't Swiss Currency Pretty?

    I can understand why the Swiss opted not to use the Euro. The Swiss Franc is so pretty, it's hard to spend sometime. This was taken from an ATM machine in the resort town of Chur located in the Swiss Alps. The Currency and the beauty of Chur, how the mountains surround the city like a chorus.

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  • GOOD WEATHER AND BEAUTIFUL TRIP

    ANDERMATT ON THE ROUTE OF THE GLACIER EXPRESS. THE TRAIN STOPPED BUT WE WERE ON OUR WAY TO ZERMATT. COULDN'T VISIT BUT THOUGHT THIS VILLAGE WAS QUAINT.

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Explore Deeper into Chur
Oberter & Maltesertor
Things to Do
Old City Tour
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Bernina Express Train
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the ibex-fountain
Off The Beaten Path
the townhall
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Graubuendner Kantonalbank
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Rätisches Museum
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Oberer Spaniöl
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my favorite house in Chur
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Gasthaus "zur Glocke"
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inside the Hof
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Hof
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the cathedral
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St.Martin church
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Great local architecture
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the most beautiful post-office
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the Glacier Express
Transportation
Malteserturm & a selfservice laundry
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Obertor
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St Martin's Church
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Kathedrale
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Friedenskirche
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Obertor
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Hofturm and Hofkellerei
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Arosa
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visit the moutain resort brigels
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St Martinskirche
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Kathedrale
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Glacier Express
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Train travel
Transportation
Use the "Brambruesch Bahn" and go down walking...
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Glacier Express Train
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Go skiing!!!
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Calanda Beer
Local Customs
Cocktails heaven...
Nightlife
Rhaetian Railway
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Don't miss tipical "Buendner Spezialitaeten"
Restaurants
Autumn - the most beautiful season!
Off The Beaten Path
Ice Skating at the Quaderwiese
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Raclette
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Map of Chur

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