Parc Ela


Switzerland's biggest nature park is Parc Ela. Spanning nearly 600 sq km and encompassing 19 communities in the Albula-Bergün and Savognin-Bivio areas, the park is over three times the size of the Swiss National Park. Three cultures and three languages (German, Romansh and Italian) feature here in this area of historic transport routes. If you have the time and inclination, the spectacular 15-day Veia Parc Ela hike takes you through the park's most enchanting Alpine landscapes.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Graubünden attractions

1. Wintersportmuseum

10.63 MILES

This ski-obsessed museum races you back to an age when skis were wooden planks and snowshoes improvised tennis rackets.

2. Kirchner Museum

11.03 MILES

This giant cube of a museum showcases the world's largest Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880–1938) collection. The German expressionist painted extraordinary…

3. Kathedrale St Maria Himmelfahrt

13.81 MILES

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…

4. Rätisches Museum

13.88 MILES

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

5. Martinskirche

13.9 MILES

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…

6. Sennhofturm

13.9 MILES

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. Obertor

13.97 MILES

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…

8. Altstadt

13.99 MILES

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…