10 Things to Do in Chur That You Shouldn't Miss

October 27, 2017 Layne Dawes

Chur or Coire (German: [ˈkuːr] or [ˈxuːr]; Romansh: Cuira [ˈkwerɐ] or [ˈkwoi̯rɐ]; Italian: Coira [ˈkɔi̯ɾa]; French: Coire [ˈkwaʁ]) is the capital and largest town of the Swiss canton of Grisons and lies in the Grisonian Rhine Valley, where the Rhine turns towards the north, in the northern part of the canton. The city, which is located on the right bank of the Rhine, is reputedly the oldest town of Switzerland.
Restaurants in Chur

1. Old Town Chur

Chur 7000, Switzerland +41 81 252 18 18
Excellent
49%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 396 reviews

Old Town Chur

Reviewed By YTCHENG - Hong Kong, China

Chur was a quiet old town especially on Sundays when the shops were closed. Nonetheless there were rolls of open shopstalls selling fruits and local souvenirs between the narrow streets of the old town. Thus the place became more lively in the eyes of visitors. A really nice stroll in the old town.

2. Chur-Brambruesch

Kasernenstrasse 15 | 7000 Chur, Chur 7000, Switzerland +41 81 250 55 90
Excellent
53%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 83 reviews

Chur-Brambruesch

Brambruesch in summertime: The cable car whisks you from the centre of Chur directly up to the high plateau of Brambruesch, where you are greeted by glorious Alpine summer meadows, beautiful flora and awesome panoramic views. In summer, you can enjoy wonderful hikes, cosy restaurants and thrilling bikeboard downhill runs, as well as the Alpine Bike Park with its downhill trails for mountain bikers. Also ideal for group excursions! Brambruesch in wintertime: From the city centre directly to a winter sports area - in Switzerland, that is only possible in Chur. With the aerial Cableway, ski lift and chairlift you reach 2'200m above sea level and 20km of natural snow pistes and cosy mountain restaurants, complete with sun terraces, for bon vivants. In addition, there is a 6 km-long toboggan run, a winter hiking circuit trail and perfect terrain for snowshoe trekking. Equipment and courses available at the AIS Sports School.

Reviewed By Roger M - Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom

This cable car is decided into two sections, the first part worked as expected with good views. Then the farce started the whole chair looked delapaded. Once we reached the top it broke down leaving people stranded in the pods, it took them 2 hours to free them and 2 and a half to get us down by taxi. The worst service ever!

3. St. Maria Himmelfahrt Cathedral

Hof 18, Chur 7000, Switzerland +41 81 252 92 50
Excellent
40%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 49 reviews

St. Maria Himmelfahrt Cathedral

Reviewed By kevin d - Pickering, United Kingdom

Step into this building and travel back to 452AD through the reign of Charlemagne and 1152-1272 which is when some of the glorious stained glass dates back to. Our only disappointment was the lack of a leaflet in English ,however our combination of German and gestures allowed some discussion with the stewards.

4. Bundner Kunstmuseum

Bahnhofstrasse 35, Chur 7000, Switzerland +41 81 257 28 68
Excellent
36%
Good
58%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 50 reviews

Bundner Kunstmuseum

Reviewed By ToblerE - Chur, Switzerland

The Bündner Kunstmuseum (Grison fine art museum) re-opened recently after renovation of the existing Villa Planta and a new extension of a new building. The building was designed by Spanish architects Barozzi Veiga from Barcelona and sponsored to the greatest part by a generous patron. The building is stunning in its simplicity and clear architecture. I’ve only briefly looked at the comprehensive Exhibitions, because being from Chur I can see it any time, this time I focuses on the architecture.

5. Obere Gasse

Old Town | between the Obertor and Arcaspl., Chur, Switzerland
Excellent
35%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 56 reviews

Obere Gasse

Reviewed By TravelWithKids2011 - Zurich, Switzerland

Cute little pedestrian street in the Old Town of Chur. It is cobblestone & the buildings are typical of Alstadt buildings all over Switzerland. Nice little shops. When we were there we ate at Da Mama ---- a nice little cafe & restaurant with limited menu (but excellent food & good price) in Oberegasse 35. Also when we were there, this street led to a Middle Age Fair (Mittelalter Fest) set up in Arcas (area near St. Martin's Church). Cool fair. There were medieval games for kids, food cooked in black cauldrons over a fire, a singing minstrel, etc. It was like a small version of a Renaissance Fair.

6. Rhyetian Railway (RhB) Administration Building

Bahnhofstrasse 27, Chur 7000, Switzerland
Excellent
67%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 37 reviews

Rhyetian Railway (RhB) Administration Building

Reviewed By Ankor_12 - Bridport, United Kingdom

As a Swiss Railway Society member for some years I could turn this review into a real Anorak Event. However, something of this railway company has to be made known. If it wasn't for this company Switzerland would not be the place we know today!

7. Arcas Square

Arcas 6, Chur 7000, Switzerland +41 81 252 18 18
Excellent
50%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 41 reviews

Arcas Square

Reviewed By Martin F - Bournemouth, United Kingdom

Right at the top of the Old Town this is a delightful square with old merchants houses on three sides and a portal at one end.
There are two cafes in the squre to enjoy the view which looks rather like the backdrop for a pantomime of light opera.

8. St. Martinsplatz

Near Obertor and Untertor Towers, Chur 7000, Switzerland
Excellent
38%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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4 based on 26 reviews

St. Martinsplatz

Reviewed By Manuela L - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Chur old town is quit, calm and peaceful and St. Martinsplatz is an romantic quaint place, with old historic buildings, nice cafés with Terrace, to stroll in this area is relaxing, you can visit expositions and the church and towers.

9. Bernina Express

Switzerland
Excellent
78%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Bernina Express

One of the most spectacular ways to cross the Alps: the Bernina Express from Chur/Davos to Tirano (via St. Moritz) links up regions with different languages and cultures. This is not a rack railway and the train winds its way gently through splendid scenery. One of the highlights is the panoramic journey through the UNESCO World Heritage RhB. On the highest railway across the Alps, the Bernina Express climbs up to the glistening glaciers before descending to the palms of Italy far below. This rail link between Northern and Southern Europe builds Bridges between regions with different languages and cultures.

Reviewed By Violette54 - Phoenix, Arizona

Our tour group had an entire reserved car on the electric Bernina Express Train. We rode from Pontresina, elevation 5,922 feet, through the Bernina Pass, elevation approximately 7400 feet, to Le Prese, where our tour bus was waiting. This route follows Hwy. 29 fairly closely and goes right past the amazing Ospizio Bernina, or Lago Bianco, the White Lake.
The train cars are comfortable and there is room to move around, big wide clean windows which can open, and non-stop breath-taking views. This more than a tourist train, as many 'snow travelers' ride it up to where they can ski down. There are railroad-owned guest houses with restaurants along the way.
This is a must-do adventure when visiting the area and I highly recommend it.

10. Bernina Express

Bahnhofstrasse 25, Chur 7000, Switzerland
Excellent
84%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 12 reviews

Bernina Express

Reviewed By SHEONA2014 - Dunfermline, United Kingdom

We traveled from Milan to Zurich by train. The views of Lake Como on the train to Tirano were amazing and that was before we boarded the Bernina Express! The journey on the Bernina lasted almost 4 hours. We stayed overnight in Chur before continuing our journey to Zurich.
There were limited refreshments available on the Bernina Express. Probably best to eat in Tirano beforehand . We had a delicious quick lunch in Lollipop cafe just outside train station before boardings. Fantastic ice cream! Stunning views throughout the journey. There was some commentary in english explaining some of the sights and a guide booklet and map were provided too. Well worth doing.

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