Chur is an alpine city that is located in the eastern part of Switzerland. It is the capital of Graubünden canton.  The town was first established in the 13th century, with winding streets and three carved cathedrals this is an exceptional location that takes history to a whole new level.  You can cross the Alps to Italy via Bernina express train as its cross Chur. 


Chur is an authentic old city with years of history that cannot be underestimated.  The city is in the heart of the Alps mountains and it is uniquely charming.  If you are planning to visit this location then you should plan your trip well so that you can enjoy all the features that the city has to offer. The Bernina Express is a panoramic railway journey that begins in the church through Tirano and back to Lugano. During this trip, you will pass through UNESCO protected regions.  It is imperative to note that the city has been inhabited since 3000BC and it is one of the oldest cities in Switzerland. 

How to get to Chur

Chur is in the heart of Europe and it connects the alpine city with the rest of Europe and Switzerland. The city is well connected to major modes of transportation therefore you can get to Chur by a means that you like. If you are traveling by train you can connect directly from Zürich, St. Gallen, or Basel as well as other major European cities such as Stuttgart, Amsterdam, or Brussels.  On the other hand, you can choose to travel by bus.  Numerous comfortable long-distance buses can ferry you from one point to another. The main cities that the buses arrive from include Leipzig, Berlin, Milan, Munich among others. 

Alternatively, you can choose to fly in and this is the most common form for travelers from far wide across the world. However, for air travel, you will have to land at Zürich international airport and connect to Chur. Since the city is well connected to numerous forms of transport you will not have any difficulty. The move is seamless and you are guaranteed a smooth post-flight journey.

You can check all schedules and ticket prices right here: Swiss trains. The trains are going pretty often to Chur, so it shouldn’t be any problem.

What to do in Chur

There are numerous fun activities that you can do in Chur, here are some of the exceptional things that you should do when visiting Chur.


1. Explore the iconic city symbol Martinskirche


There is nothing as outstanding as this feature. Dominating the landscape of the city St. martin’s church has become one of the most essential symbols of the city. The church is named after the bishop of tours and it is situated on the St. martin’s square.  It is popular for its clock face and aspire. the church was originally constructed in the 8th century; however, it was later rebuilt in 1491. It currently features a gothic style and three glass windows that depict Christmas story.


2. Visit Rätisches Museum


When it comes to traveling the most important aspect is to learn as much as you can. the museum presents a perfect opportunity for you to get into the city and enjoy some of the features it has to offer. You will gain more insights into the city by visiting the Rätisches Museum.  The museum houses Baroque style of architecture and numerous things are displayed in the museum and these include agricultural tools, roman statuettes, weapons, and other things related to religion and politics. There is also jewelry that is displayed there which dates back to the bronze age. Chur has some very interesting stories that you should know, take your time and explore the city.

All information about opening times and ticket prices you will find here: Rätisches Museum.


3. Explore the Bernina Express


This is one of the most exciting journeys that you should explore when visiting Switzerland. You will have some of the exceptional experiences if you get into the Bernina express tour to Chur. The journey connects Poschiavo to church, Tirano in Italy and Lugano in Switzerland. You are sure of enjoying some of the most magnificent views while on the tour.  Besides, there is much that you can learn about Switzerland while on the trip.

Bernina express
Bernina express

This is really one of the most exciting things you can do in Switzerland, the amount of peaks, mountains, bridges and valleys you are going to see during the train ride will be immense. This ride is full of surprises and marvelous Swiss nature.

You can find all the information about this ride right here: Bernina express.


4. Unwind at Quaderwiese


This is one of the most unique places that you should visit while you are in Switzerland. You can spend your leisure time as it is a perfect location without any qualms. The meadows lush grass and a serene environment is what you want after a long day of hiking and traveling around the city. You will get that feeling of tranquility and serenity while in the garden. However, if you visit during the winter period, you might not enjoy as much as someone who visited during the summer period.  However, this does not mean that you will not have fun. There is an artificial ice rink that you can enjoy some winter activities.

The information about the park is here: Queaderwiese.


5. Visit the Animal and Amusement Park


This is located on the western outskirts of Chur and it is a perfect location for anyone who wants to know more about the animals in the area. You will be amused by more than 60 species of animals in the park. Some of the exceptional animals that you will meet in the park include donkeys, ponies, llamas, geese, and ducks.  In the middle of the park is a big pond that the ducks and geese can swim beautifully as you watch them. 

Besides, if you are bringing your family with you, you will not be left behind because there is a children’s park that you can have fun throughout the day. There is a restaurant in the park, therefore, you will not have to worry about food as you can sneak into the restaurant and pick some food as you enjoy your tour. The best time to visit the park is from April to December. However, even during winter when the weather is good the park is open.

All information about this park is right here: Chur zoo.


6. Enjoy some artsy time at Bündner museum 


This is located at the center of Chur and it is an excellent place that you can have some time to learn about art and history.  The tall and rectangular museum is one of those galleries that you will never miss something to enjoy.  In the visitor’s section, you will see the artistic legacy of Alberto Giacometti and this goes back to over a century ago. There is impressive artwork that dates back to several centuries ago. You will get a chance to learn some of the unique aspects of Switzerland in this museum. It is a direct reflection of the historical significance of previous art and the modern era.

All information about the opening times and tickets is right here: Bündner Museum.


7. Participate in the amazing Churer fest


The summer is a perfect period to visit Chur because there is a lot of activities that you can participate in. Chur usually holds an annual summer event called the Churer fest. The festival normally occurs in mid-august and it is the biggest festival in southeastern Switzerland. Visitors who want to participate in this event will enjoy a myriad of activities such as art, music among other exceptional activities.  The festival takes place in the old town and if you are attending this festival then be sure to get the best from it. 


8. Visit an alien-themed bar


This is one of the features that make Chur an exceptional place that you should visit.  The alien-themed bar named Giger bar is one of the most unique places that you can visit in Chur Switzerland. A Chur resident was intrigued by alien movies and he began a process of converting the bar into one of the most unique bars in eastern Switzerland. Visiting the bar will give you a chance to experience truly what is alien and you can grab your drink as you enjoy the exquisite swiss experience.

You will find the bar right here: Comercialstrasse 23, 7000 Chur.


Switzerland is one of the top European destinations and you can make your holidays awesome by visiting this European country. Besides, your summer or winter will never be the same again if you visit Chur as it is equipped with all the fun activities that you can do throughout the year. Feel adventurous and explore more of this beautiful city.

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