Unique Places in Kanton Graubünden/Grischun

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    Chur: Gasthaus "zur Glocke"

    by globetrott Written Mar 9, 2015

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    The former Gasthaus "zur Glocke" was used as the headquarters by the french hugenott leader Count Henri de Rohan in 1635. It is not a restaurant anymore, but it still looks great with an interesting facade and a nice painting at one side of the building, see this painting in my 2nd and 3rd photos !

    Directions: This building is in the pedestrian zone of Chur, on the way from the Telegraphenamt/Postoffice to St.Martin church.

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    Davos: The Townhall

    by globetrott Written Mar 8, 2015

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    This is the Gemeindehaus, the townhall of Davos and it is one of the few nice and interesting houses I did find in Davos. The building dates back to the year 1634. In my 4th photo you will see another house that looks nice with some of the typical engravings in the facade, that are mostly to be found in villages of Graubünden.
    And finally in my last photo you will see another one of the very rare, nice wooden buildings of Davos.

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    Davos: A monument for Sir Arthus Conan Doyle

    by globetrott Written Mar 8, 2015

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    In the Kurpark / central-park of Davos you will find a monument for Sir Arthus Conan Doyle, yes he was the author of Sherlok Holmes ! As a young man Sir Arthus Conan Doyle had crossed the Maienfelder Furka from Davos to Arosa on skis in March 23rd, 1894, and thereby he was bringing this new sport and the swiss alps to the attention of the world of the rich and famous.
    b.t.w.: For all fans of Sherlock Holmes it might be interesting to read %Lhttp://members.virtualtourist.com/m/1ffe4/a8bcd/][my page about Meiringen, the place where Sh. Holmes died and Sir Arthus Conan Doyle had spent a lot of vacations.

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    Chur: Zunfthaus zur Rebleuten

    by globetrott Written Mar 8, 2015

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    Yes, they grow wine in Graubünden: Zunfthaus zur Rebleuten is the name of this building and it was the guildhouse of the vinters once and 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 cathedral of Chur.

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    Chur: Oberer Spaniöl

    by globetrott Written Mar 8, 2015

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    Oberer Spaniöl thats quite a strange name that does not tell me anything, but it is used for this building that you will find next to the steps taking you up to the "Hof" and opposite of the "Rhätisches Museum". Its one of there very few houses standing alone and not in a row like in the rest of the town. This house was built for Major Carl von Salis and has a great wooden ceiling made in 1645 and a tiled oven from 1750, BUT:
    This building is privately owned, so there is no access for tourists !

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    Chur: the ibex-fountain

    by globetrott Written Mar 8, 2015

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    This IBEX-fountain is a sight that I found accidentally while walking through Chur. The Ibex is the symbol for the Kanton of Graubünden and you will also find it in the coat of arms there.
    In the mountains you will hardly ever be able to watch an ibex, as they are very shy and will run away as soon as they will smell or see human beeings.
    Its really a pity that I obviously was in Chur at the day, when they collected larger paper-waste that was placed by the people next to the fountains in order to be taken away from there.

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    Chur: the townhall & the Pestalozza House

    by globetrott Written Mar 8, 2015

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    The townhall of Chur was built in a special style that is quite unique and did not really show its real age to me. And so I was surprised to read that this building was rebuilt after a fire in 1464, so it must be at least 550 years old.Take a look at the unique doors and windows !
    You will find the townhall in the predestrian zone of Chur !
    My last 2 photos: Pestalozza is 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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    St.Moritz-Bad: Chiesa San Carlo

    by globetrott Written Mar 6, 2015

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    Chiesa San Carlo reminded me a lot of churches like you normally find them in Italy. This church is in a suburb of St.Moritz, that is called St.Moritz-Bad and you will pass by it, when driving towards the Malojapass. This church is beautifully lighted at night and you will see it from a big distance already, because it was built quite close to the lake. For cardrivers there are lots of parking-spaces next to the church, walkingtime from the trainstation of St.Moritz will be around 15 minutes maybe.

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    San Gotthard National museum

    by globetrott Written Mar 6, 2015

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    Dont miss to take a look into the San Gotthard National museum on top of the Gotthard-pass, you will find it right opposite of the Hospiz. You will see various exhibits there about the early days of tourism in that area and about different kinds of transportations over the old Gotthard-passroad. A part of the museum is also dedicated to the importance of the Gotthard for the Swiss army, who built one of their alpine fortifications there.
    Since 99% of all cartrafic is nowadays driving through the Gotthard-tunnel this museum is easy to visit, no masses of tourists at all and you can really enjoy your time up there !

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    On Gotthard: Museo Forte Ospizio

    by globetrott Written Mar 6, 2015

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    Switzerland was certainly the first country on earth that built modern fortresses INside of the mountains.Forte Ospizio was built in 1892 and it is a fortification that was built deep into the mountains around the Gotthard-pass. There are only some flat buildings, where you can enter, but the main part of it is inside the mountains. One of my former swiss bosses was working as a cook there,this is why I had to take that photo of the military kitchen there. For many decades these fortifications were a top-secret-place but some years ago they decided to make a museum out of it.
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    Museo Forte Ospizio is open for visitors
    daily from June till October
    09.00-12.00am + 01.00 - 06.00pm

    Siegmund schau oba !
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    St. Moritz: The Hanselmann-house

    by globetrott Written Mar 6, 2015

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    In my personal opinion the Hanselmann-house was the only building in St. Moritz that might make sense to mention here for its unique architecture. It is a well-known confectionary shop and the facade sticks out of the many modern and soulless buildings in the very centre of St.Moritz. You have to walk uphill in order to get there , next time I will try their cakes as well, they also have lots of excellent works of art, made of sugar and marcipan in their windows. Read more about them after clicking on the link below !

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    On Gotthard: General Alexandr Suvorov

    by globetrott Updated Mar 6, 2015

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    This is a funny sculpture about the russian General Alexandr Suvorov (* 24. November 1729 in Moskau; † 18. Mai 1800 in Sankt Petersburg). He conquered the Gotthardpass in September 24th, 1799 and this monument was placed there on a rock, take a closer look at his face, he looked a bit strange to me, more like a clown and not like a general at all, BUT read more about him in Wikipedia:
    Alexander Vasilyevich Suvorov, Count Suvorov of Rymnik, Prince of Italy, Count of the Holy Roman Empire, national hero of Russia, was the last Generalissimo of the Russian Empire.
    Suvorov is one of the few generals in history who never lost a battle, being undefeated in over 60 large battles while always having numerical disadvantage

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    Zernez: Center Cumünal & Morenturm

    by globetrott Written Mar 6, 2015

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    In Zernez you will still see a lot of remains of the medieval townwalls and Morenturm is the name of the tower in my 2nd photo, "Tuor dals Mors" is the name of it in Romantsch. Center Cumünal is the local name for the Comunal centre, so in many cases you can guess what expressions might mean in Romantsch, but of course that will not work every time.
    In my 3rd photo : The ibex is shown in the coat of arms of Kanton Graubuenden and this colorful ibex is standing on top of the roof of the Center Cumünal of Zernez.

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    Zuoz: the old watermill

    by globetrott Written Mar 6, 2015

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    This is the old watermill in the very centre of Zuoz and it looks great even when it is not used anymore nowadays. Next to this mill there is a garden with lots of goats that was funny to see and there is also the carpark, where I had parked my car. In order to see the most important buildings in the centre of Zuoz you should calculate at least about 2 hours.
    Zuoz is one of the largest villages of Engiadina, in a distance of maybe 40 km east from St. Moritz.

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    Samedan: Chesa Dusch & Chesa dals 3 frers

    by globetrott Written Mar 1, 2015

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    Chesa Dusch is one of the first houses that you will get to, when you park your car outside of Samedan, close to the trainstation. In my last 2 photos : "Chesa dals 3 frers" this housename in Romantsch might mean "House of the 3 brothers" and it is in the centre of Samedan close to the main square. Driving inside of the town is not recommendable and a big part of the village is also off limits for cardrivers except for the local people.
    And when you drive a motorhome you might also get stuck in the narrow sidestreets of Samedan, so park your car outside and walk the rest !

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