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    Muottas Muragl

    by travelfrosch Updated May 8, 2015

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    A spectacular place to enjoy the Engadine region is the panoramic view from Muottas Muragl. Reachable by funicular from Punt Muragl, itself reachable by train or bus, there are a number of short and long trails to get a complete Alp-aholic fix on a clear day. At the top station, there is a restaurant and mountain hotel (renovated since we last stayed there in 2009). Check the website for hiking ideas, but the best idea is to take a trail up the mountain as high as you dare, find a bench, and enjoy.

    Fare is CHF 24.60 per adult one-way, CHF 33.90 round-trip. Youths 13-17 years old pay CHF 22.60/16.40, while children 6 and older pay CHF 11.30/8.20. If you wish to hike to Alp Languard and take the chairlift down, fares are identical. Transportation is free with the Engadine Card.

    Muottas Muragl View of Muottas Muragl from below View from the Funicular View from the trail Even quick hikes are rewarding here
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    Chur: the Hof

    by globetrott Updated Apr 16, 2015

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    The "Hof" of Chur is the former court of the bishop and it looks like a large fortress on a small hill above the old town of Chur. The main entrance for pedestrians is through the stairs that you can see in my main photo. Inside the Hof you will also find the cathedral of Chur and it is really worth seeing !
    It will take about 30 minutes to walk from the trainstation of Chur to this part of town and all of the way that you walk will be full of great sights, so calculate about 2 hours in order to see the most beautiful sights of Chur !
    Handicapped people, who are not able to walk these long stairs can access the Hof from the backside via the street and there is a local bus as well !

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    Chur: my favorite building

    by globetrott Written Mar 9, 2015

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    This is the most beautiful house-facade in Chur in my opinion, it is "just" a bakery and cafe and when you are walking in the old part of Chur and take a closer look at all the buildings you will find many similar buildings with unique engravings and frescoes. Many of them also have a lot of italien influences like the facade of this building, that gives you the feeling that the facade is not totally flat, but includes also columns and stuccowroks, but in fact the walls are totally flat.

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    Chur: St. Martin Church

    by globetrott Written Mar 9, 2015

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    St.Martin church is a protestant church and therefore the interior is not so very much decorated like catholic churches normally are, but at least this church has some very nice stained glass windows with great decorations and its tower looks very impressive as well. The area around of the church is the oldest part of the town and you will find a lot of interesting buildings there.
    That area is also perfect for some shopping, but beware: Switzerland might be one of the most explensive places in Europe, especially since in 2015 the swiss franks are more or less equivalent to the Euro !

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    Chur: take a walk in the old town

    by globetrott Updated Mar 9, 2015

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    It is in fact very easy to explore the old city of Chur even when you are just changing trains in Chur. Calculate maybe 2-3 hours in order to see most of the interesting details, or maybe 60 min in order to get a first impression !
    The station is in walking-distance to the old city. Most of the streets will have cobbled stones, so it might make sense to take comfortable shoes when going there any maybe you better store your rolling suitecases in the station.

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    Chur: inside the Hof

    by globetrott Written Mar 8, 2015

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    This is the innercourt of the so-called "Hof" that once used to be the seat of the Bishop of Chur. And there is a large square with many interesting buildings and also the cathedral and the old cemetery of Chur. In former times this was certainly a fortress, built on a perfect place in order to defend the village against invaders.

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    Chur: the cathedral

    by globetrott Updated Mar 8, 2015

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    Walk through the gate of the upper town of Chur and you will get to this cathedral that is without doubt one of the most beautiful catholic churches in Switzerland in my opinion and it dates back to a time, when the bishop of Chur was one of the most powerful bishops in Europe and he ruled over an area that reached also far into Austria and Germany.
    In 451 the seat of the bishop was founded in Chur.
    Access to the church for tourists is throughout the day, except when a church-service is going on.

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    Chur: The Post-office

    by globetrott Updated Mar 8, 2015

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    The city of Chur has without doubt some of the most beautiful post-offices in Switzerland. It has some really great frescoes at its facade, so dont miss to walk there and take a look ! You will find this beautiful building close to the main shopping-street of Chur, and opposite of the Art Nouveau building for the Graubündner Kantionalbank, that I considder another great sight of Chur.

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    Chur: the Obertor

    by globetrott Written Mar 8, 2015

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    Obertor is the name of the upper towngate, in the south of the town. In medieval times this gate was one of the very few places to enter the town of Chur, and the gate was closed and locked all night. Nowadays its still a great place to enter the narrow streets of the old town,where you will find many streets with just a pedestrian area.
    And when you walk through that gate you will also find on the left that backery/confectionary that sells the Capricorn-bread that I have written about in my restaurant-tips !

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    Davos: The Kurpark

    by globetrott Written Mar 8, 2015

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    In a certain way the Kurpark was my favorite place in Davos, it was bought by the city of Davos in 1913 and was left more or less like it was, so dont expect a constructed park, but a natural piece of land with partly meadows and partly woods. There are some monuments as well there and a waterwell serving fresh mountainwater free of charge all day long (my last photo).
    Dont ever hesitate to drink the water from these wells - except an inscription would say anything different there !

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    St. Moritz

    by globetrott Written Mar 8, 2015

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    There are lots of rich and famous people spending their vacations in St. Moritz each year, BUT for me the town of St.Moritz is really not worth visiting at all !
    So far I really enjoyed every town of Switzerland except for St. Moritz, that was a really big disappointment for me.This town simply does not have any character in architecture for me, it is more of a heap of modern and oversized buildings than a town, where it is some fun to walk through. I also was not lucky with the weather and the only 2 things of St.Moritz that I enjoyed was the Hanselmannhaus and the walk along the lake : see it in my last picture and there was also the church of Sta. Maria, that is also worth to take a look inside, I made a sepate off the beaten path-tip about this church.

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    Muottas Muragl

    by globetrott Written Mar 8, 2015

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    This is a great viewpoint, it is called "Muottas Muragl" and you will find it in a distance of just 4km from St.Moritz. The funicular will take you up there in summer and in wintertime. The station of the MMB (Muottas Muragl Bahn) is just about 2km from Pontresina and in my main photo you will see the village Celerina Schlarigna in the foreground and St. Moritz in the middle of the photo, on the right of that 1st lake.
    There are various hiking-paths starting from the top-station of that funicular, there is a great restaurant and hotel and also a large playground for children.

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    Samedan: Chesa Bodmer

    by globetrott Written Mar 1, 2015

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    Chesa Bodmer is my favorite house in Samedan and it dates back to the year 1585. The backpart of the building used to be the shed and the stables and in my last photo you can see how this part of the house is mostly transfered into a modern appartment in many such old farmbuildings in the Engadin.
    Engadin by the way is the name of a valley that is 80km long: It is the Inn-valley that starts in Maloja in a hight of 2'484 above sealevel and goes over St. Moritz to the austrian border. En is the romansch name for Inn and most people think that the Inn starts in Tirol or Innsbruck, but it starts in Switzerland, where it is still quite a small river.
    In the internet I read that the german singer and actress Hildegard Knef was living some time in the 1960s in that building and at the moment it seems to be for sale.

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    Diavolezza

    by globetrott Updated Mar 1, 2015

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    Diavolezza with a hight of 2978 m above sealevel is one of the best places to go to by cablecar, summer and winter. And even in summer the glacier gets pretty close to the upper station of the cablecar. They have a good restaurant there, it is shown in my main photo. (see my restaurant-tips for more details). You can get to the cablecar also by train, the trainstation is next to the giant carparking of the Diavolezza-cablecar.

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    Passo del Bernina / the Bernina-pass

    by globetrott Updated Mar 1, 2015

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    This is Passo del Bernina / the Bernina-pass and the highest place of the passroad in a hight of 2330 meters above sealevel. There is a hospiz, a hotel and restaurant, a large carpark and a great mountain-scenery including some smaller mountain-lakes.
    From Bernina Pass it is only a few km left to the italian border, that is no Schengen-border anymore since Switzerland also joined the Schengen-treaty, BUT that does not mean that there are absolutely no controls !!! They will check for goods that you have bought in another country and sometimes they also want to see your passport.

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