Near the Plessur River, the Obertor marks the entrance to Chur's alley-woven Altstadt. This four-storey building with an archway at the bottom, a leftover of medieval fortifications, narrows towards the top and fits in physically with the surrounding buildings, though it stands out due to its light exterior colour.

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1. Altstadt

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Near the Plessur River, the Obertor marks the entrance to Chur's alley-woven Altstadt (Old Town). Along with the stout Malteserturm (once the munitions…

2. Malteserturm

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Once the munitions tower (its previous name was Pulverturm meaning Gunpowder Tower), this is one of the few parts of the Old Town walls that were erected…

3. Martinskirche

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The city's most iconic landmark is Martinskirche with its distinctive spire and clock face. The 8th-century church was rebuilt in the late-Gothic style in…

4. Rätisches Museum

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Housed in a baroque patrician residence, this museum spells out the canton's history in artefacts, with Bronze Age jewellery, Roman statuettes, weapons…

5. Bündner Kunstmuseum

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This superb gallery reflects the history of art in Graubünden as well as works by artists who are linked with the canton. It gives an insight into the…

6. Sennhofturm

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In the back of the Old Town, this is one of the few remains of the old defensive walls built in the 13th century.

7. Kathedrale St Maria Himmelfahrt

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Chur's 12th-century cathedral, which took over a century to build, conceals a late-1400s Jakob Russ high altar containing a splendid triptych. First signs…

8. Gigerwaldsee

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Shimmering a startling shade of turquoise, the fjord-like Gigerwaldsee reservoir is flanked by sheer-sided, wooded mountains and laced with waterfalls. A…