Graubünden (Grisons)

Explore Graubünden (Grisons)

Graubünden is the biggest canton in Switzerland and is referred to be the miniature version of the country. This is due to the variety in nature and the mixture of cultures like German, Rhaeto-Romanic and Italian. Graubünden is the perfect holiday destination for everyone who wants to experience the fascinating Swiss mountains. With the Bernina-Express, which partly arrives at an altitude of 2,250 meters, you can easily cross the canton. In the whole Graubünden area there are height differences of almost 3,800 meters. Snow-covered mountain peaks, valleys and lakes characterize the landscape of the charming canton.

Important towns and places in Graubünden
In Graubünden you can spend active holidays in the nature as well as cultural vacation. Lively history can be experienced in the town of Chur, the eldest town in Switzerland. The mountain village St. Moritz has preserved its original charm despite the numerous international visitors. If you want to discover Graubünden on your own, you should go hiking on the 10,000 kilometer-long trails. Other popular activities are river cruising, rock climbing or paragliding. The village Maienfeld is well known among fans of the movie “Heidi” and among wine lovers. In the town of Davos visitors do not only find luxurious accommodations, but also art works of the painter Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Other artists and writers have settled down in the Engadin valley.

Points of interest in Grisons (Graubünden)

Thermal Springs Vals
The small village Vals is visited by thousands of architects every year. The reason is a very special thermal bath, integrated in the landscape. The bath is made of 60,000 local quartzite pieces and impresses the visitors with a stunning lighting. The water of the thermal spring has a comfortable temperature of 30 degrees which invites you to relax. A sound-grotto, steam baths and stones with drinking water are also available. A wellness treatment completes your perfect stay in the thermal bath.

Diavolezza is the Italian word for “She-Devil” and the name of the most popular mountain in the Engadin region. The name results from an old legend saying that a mountain fairy once enchanted a couple of men so that they never found their way back. Around the Diavolezza there are several three thousand meter high mountains which are perfect for activities in summer and winter. In good weather it is even possible to do a glacier hike. If you do not want to walk all the way up, you can take the cabin railway.

The words via and mala mean “bad road” and describe the dreaded passage in the Hinterrheintal. Today you can take the Säumerroute starting in Thusis. This route leads over a new overhanging bridge and a secured descent with 321 steps down into the canyon. Discover the beautiful nature with its mystic rock holes and the stunning landscape. In the past, the Viamala was a barrier for the people who were on their way to the alpine passes San Bernadino and Splügen. Kids can discover the canyon on their own and find the treasure, “armed” with a map.

Lake Toma
The source of the Rhine lies into the Lake Toma in Switzerland. The famous river which flows through four different countries can be crossed with only one boat at this point. The lake is located at an altitude of 2344 meters. It is also the departure point for the Rhine route of the “Veloland Switzerland”. The water in the lake is very clear, so that it has drinking water quality. Across the Oberalppass you can reach the Lake Toma within one hour hiking. The lake is part of the inventory of landscape and natural monuments with national importance in Switzerland.

Tarasp Castle
Majestically towers the Tarasp Castle on a hill in the same-named scattered settlement. Every year, the symbol of Unterengadin welcomes more than 15,000 visitors. The impressing site, built in 1040 by the Earl Ulrich I., consists of over 100 rooms. Over the centuries the castle was confronted with many conflicts. In the year 1900 the Dresdner industrial Dr. Karl-August Lingner bought the shabby complex to reconstruct it. Join a guided tour to discover the most beautiful places of the castle.

Swiss National Park
The National Park Switzerland in the canton Graubünden covers an area of 170 square kilometers on an elevation of 1,400 to 3,174 meters. The biggest part of the national park consists of woodland, but also grassland, ice- and boulder-fields can be found. Hikers are not allowed to leave the marked paths in any circumstances. If you take a very close look, you can discover chamois, marmots and red deer. To learn more about the national park, you can visit the information center in Zernez. Here you can also find a walk-in marmot burrow.

Benedictine Monastery St. Johann
Part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites is the Benedictine Monastery St. Johann in Val Müstair. In its beginnings in the 8th century the monastery was inhabited by monks, since the 12th century, Benedictines have been living here. The cross-chapel is shaped like a shamrock, which is very surprisingly. In the monastery museum you can learn everything about the construction history and the tough life of the nuns.

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