In Switzerland’s oldest city, sinuous streets and historic houses radiate ancient charm. Chur allures cultural travellers with its inimitable mix of rich historical heritage and Mediterranean atmosphere, in addition to the cosmopolitan culture that permeates the fashion and gastronomical scenes. Amusing anecdotes and gruesome tales comprise Churs turbulent past, which dates back 5000 years, all of which can be discovered on one of the city’s incredible city tours. Nature enthusiasts will delight in the city’s close proximity to undulating hills and verdant vineyards, perfect places in which to enjoy scenic sights.
Chur is the ideal springboard from which to enjoy the Rhaetian Railway, a twisting expanse of railroad that meanders through stunning scenery and ancient villages that were recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Passengers will be presented with idyllic Alpine vistas flanked with flower filled meadows, dramatic cliffs and gravity defying bridges.
The excellent exhibitions housed within Chur’s museums are testament to the ancient city’s rich cultural and historical heritage; in the Graubunden Natural Histroy Museum, four floors worth of captivating collections contain natural and geological architects that explain the fascinating natural histroy of the region.
The Graubunden Art Museum boasts an impressive breadth of artistic coverage ranging from Roman sculptures to modern art; the building itself, constructed by prominent architect Johannes Ludwig, is like a piece of art itself, and begs to be studied with the same attention you’d give a Renaissance masterpiece.
Nestled in the heart of Chur’s ambient Old Town, the La Pasteria Otello restaurant offers dynamic, gourmet dishes without the prim and proper atmosphere; relax in a cosy and comfortable dining room before sampling the finest Mediterranean flavours the city has to offer. Sample seasonal specialities or opt for a traditional pizza cooked to perfection in the restaurant’s authentic wood fired oven.(Grabenstrasse 40, 7000 Chur)