Welcome to Chur


The Alps rise like an amphitheatre around Chur, the country's oldest city, inhabited since 3000 BC. When Chur was almost destroyed by fire in 1464, German-speaking artisans arrived to rebuild and, in the process, inadvertently suppressed the local Romansch language. What's spoken these days is a local variant of the Alemannic Swiss-German dialect.


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$497.83 Private & Custom Tours

Glacier Express one day round trip with private tourguide - starts in Zurich

Meet your tour guide at your per-arranged time and place, probably your hotel. We start with the transfer from Zurich to Chur, the travel takes one hour. Chur is the capital town of the canton "Graubünden" and repudetly the oldest town in Switzerland. A walk around in the old town proves this declaration, you'll pass old houses and churches. (optional and depending on train schedule, the walk around will take place in Brig. A small city surrounded by mountains and with the visit of the Stockalper-palace). After the city walk, you're heading back to the train station, where the “Glacier Express” awaits us. Take a seat behind large panoramic windows on your pre-arranged seat. The train continues in direction of Diesentis, through the "Grand Canyon of Switzerland", the source-area of the "Rhein"-river. The train passes closed between the rocks and the river - one of the highlights of this travel! During the journey from Chur to Diesentis, lunch will be served at your seat. From Disentis, the train engages the cogwheel now and is climbing up from 1600m above sea level to the "Operalp" pass on 2033m above sea level. Once reached the top, the train is descending down to 1440m above sea level within 20 minutes. The train will arrive in Andermatt and stops there for 20 minutes, perfect time to take some pictures of the train. Andermatt is a small village in the canton of "Uri" surrounded by mountains and now a touristical attraction with the new 5-star-hotel "Chedi". The journey continues through the 15 kilometer long "Furka" base tunnel, constructed in 1982 to save travel time from Brig to Andermatt. You will be traveling through the “Goms” valley in direction of Brig. This valley is known as a destination for hiking (summer time) and winter sports. After two hours travel time from Andermatt away,  arrive in Brig. At Brig, leave the Glacier-Express train and take a little time, to have a walk through the pedestrian zone in Brig. You'll be shown the place, where the water level was 4 meter high in 1993, where the local river flooded the city center. Your tourguide will lead you to the right train in Brig, where  you will board an intercity train. Your tourguide will most probably leave you in Brig and will handover all necessary tickets and information to you. The train that you board will take you without any train change via Bern back to Zürich.

$146 Day Trips & Excursions

Bernina Express Scenic Train Journey from Chur

The most beautiful experience in the Alps From high up among the towering glaciers of the mountains down to the swaying palms of Italy, the Bernina Express, the highest transalpine railway in the Alps, provides a link between northern and southern Europe. And it does so in the most wonderful way imaginable, on a railway line that coexists in perfect harmony with its glorious mountain setting. The wonders of nature and the cultural achievements of man merge into one to offer one of the best ways ever to experience the Alps. A UNESCO World Heritage that moves Running along 122 kilometres of track, passing through 55 tunnels and over 196 bridges and viaducts, the line followed by the Bernina Express is a masterpiece of engineering skills. Its combination with the surrounding landscape is what constitutes its recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site – a World Heritage site that really does stir the heart. Panoramic car The panoramic cars of the Bernina Express offer a travel experience in a class of its own. The large panoramic Windows give passengers the feeling they could almost reach out and touch the viaducts, gorges, glaciers and mountains. The panoramic cars are air-conditioned and offer first-class travel comfort. The light-filled coaches, the unique landscape and the personal service all stay in the memory for a long time.

$9.75 Cultural & Theme Tours

Audio Guided Tour of the historic city of Chur

Chur Tourism's Audio Guide enables you to explore the city under your own steam. Its 32 chapters contain all manner of interesting information about the history and culture of both the Alpine city of Chur and the holiday canton of Graubünden. You can find your way around by following a clearly designed map and at each place of attraction you simply select the relevant chapter.Simply select the language you require and get your audio guide device together with the audio guide city map at the Regional Information Centre at Chur Railway Station.

$540.42 Private & Custom Tours

Private Full-Day Glacier Express Tour from Basel

Meet your tour guide at your per-arranged time in the lobby of your hotel. Toigether with your tourguide you will tranfer to the train station in Basel. You will board an intercity train, which will take you via Zürich and along the lake Zürich to south-eastern Switzerland. After one hour and 20 minutes, you arrive in Chur, the oldest town in Switzerland. Depending on schedule, a short walk around with your tourguide will take place. Back at the train station, you will take your seat at one of the panoramic coaches of the Glacier Express. Shortly after departure (around 11:45am), the lunch service will start, while you will pass through the famous Rhine gorge heading to Disentis. During your journey, audio comments by headphone are availabe or you simply as your tourguide. In Disentis, the train will start to climb to 2033m above sea level while a rough alpine landscape will pass the windows. On top, the "Oberalp pass" you will see a small lighthouse - your tourguide will explain you the story. The train will start to descent on a steep track down to Andermatt, a village on 1400m above sea level and now opening the new resorts. The train will stop in Andermatt for 15 minutes, that you will have the chance to get off the train for same fresh air. The journey will continue through the 15 kilometer long "Furka" base tunnel, constructed in 1982 to save travel time from Andermatt to Brig and to operate all year. The Glacier Express will continue through the “Goms” valley in direction of Brig. This valley is known as a destination for hiking (summer time) and winter sports. After two hours travel time from Andermatt away,  you will arrive in Brig. In Brig you will get off the Glacier-Express train and you can take the chance for a little walk around through the pedestrian zone in Brig and the palace "Stockalper".  You'll be shown the place, where the water level was 4 meter high in 1993, where the local river flooded the city center. Your tourguide will lead you to the right train in Brig, where  you will board an intercity train. Your tourguide will most probably leave you in Brig and will handover all necessary tickets and information to you. The train that you board will take you without any train change via Bern back to Basel. 

$1499.58 Multi-day & Extended Tours

8-Day Winter Grand Train Tour of Switzerland from Zurich

Day 1: Arrival LuzernAfter arrival at Zurich Airport. Take the next train to Luzern and check in at your hotel. Lucerne, the gateway to central Switzerland, sited on Lake Lucerne, is embedded within an impressive mountainous panorama. Overnight in Luzern.Day 2: Luzern – Interlaken (Golden Pass Line)Starting in the German speaking Lucerne region, the journey takes you over the Brünig pass into the Bernese Oberland and passing Lake Brienz. Interlaken lies in the Bernese Oberland on an alluvial plain, between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. Overnight in Interlaken.Day 3: Jungfraujoch / Interlaken – Montreux  (Golden Pass Line)Enjoy a trip to the Jungfraujoch, which is the highest railway station in Europe at 3454 m. In the early evening your journey on the GoldenPass Line continues. Along the shores of Lake Thun you will reach the Simmen valley with Zweisimmen and Gstaad. Your journey takes you through the wild and romantic Pays d’Enhaut with the scenic villages of Château d’Oex and Montbovon, and through a tunnel, before a panoramic view of Lake Geneva and Montreux opens in front of you. Overnight in Montreux.Day 4: Montreux – ZermattEnjoy breakfast at your hotel and afterwards you travel from Montreux to Zermatt. Zermatt lies at the foot of the Matterhorn, the world's most famous mountain. Overnight in Zermatt  Day 5: Zermatt – Chur (Glacier Express including 3-course meal)In the morning you take the world famous Glacier Express for a thrilling ride in the panorama carriage to Chur. Along the deep Rhone valley, the Glacier Express travels through an incredibly fascinating part of the Alps. The train drives on over the Oberalp pass (2,033m/6,670ft) and through the impressive Rhine gorge. Switzerland’s oldest city Chur charms visitors with its fine mountain setting, twisting alleys and historic buildings. Overnight in ChurDay 6: Chur – Tirano – Chur (Bernina Express)Board the narrow-gauge Bernina Express and enjoy one of the most impressive scenic rail journeys Switzerland offers. Travel over circular viaducts and pass through winding tunnels before reaching Tirano in Italy which is the end of the Bernina Express rail line. Have a quick Lunch before taking the Bernina Express back to Chur. Overnight in Chur. Day 7: Chur – Zürich After your breakfast take the next train to Zürich. As a «metropolis of experiences» by the water, with a magnificent view of the snowcapped Alps on the horizon, Zurich offers a unique mixture of attractions – over 50 museums and more than 100 art galleries, international fashion labels and Zurich designs, and the most flamboyant and lively nightlife in Switzerland. Overnight in Zürich.Day 8: Departure from SwitzerlandAfter your breakfast take the next train to Zürich airport. 

$540.42 Private & Custom Tours

Glacier Express Private One-Day Guided Train Tour from Lucerne

Meet your tour guide at your per-arranged time in the lobby of your hotel. Toigether with your tourguide you will tranfer to the train station in Luzern. You will board an intercity train, which will take you via Zürich and along the lake Zürich to south-eastern Switzerland. After one hour and 20 minutes, you arrive in Chur, the oldest town in Switzerland. Depending on schedule, a short walk around with your tourguide will take place.Back at the train station, you will take your seat at one of the panoramic coaches of the Glacier Express. Shortly after departure (around 11:45am), the lunch service will start, while you will pass through the famous Rhine gorge heading to Disentis. During your journey, audio comments by headphone are availabe or you simply as your tourguide. In Disentis, the train will start to climb to 2033m above sea level while a rough alpine landscape will pass the windows. On top, the "Oberalp pass" you will see a small lighthouse - your tourguide will explain you the story. The train will start to descent on a steep track down to Andermatt, a village on 1400m above sea level and now opening the new resorts. The train will stop in Andermatt for 15 minutes, that you will have the chance to get off the train for same fresh air. The journey will continue through the 15 kilometer long "Furka" base tunnel, constructed in 1982 to save travel time from Andermatt to Brig and to operate all year. The Glacier Express will continue through the “Goms” valley in direction of Brig. This valley is known as a destination for hiking (summer time) and winter sports. After two hours travel time from Andermatt away,  you will arrive in Brig. In Brig you will get off the Glacier-Express train and you can take the chance for a little walk around through the pedestrian zone in Brig and the palace "Stockalper".  You'll be shown the place, where the water level was 4 meter high in 1993, where the local river flooded the city center. Your tourguide will lead you to the right train in Brig, where  you will board an intercity train. Your tourguide will most probably leave you in Brig and will handover all necessary tickets and information to you. The train that you board will take you to Bern and back to Lucerne.