1000 mountains, 150 valleys and 615 lakes, Graubünden has it all. From famous, glamorous holiday destinations such as St. Moritz and Davos Klosters down to small and idyllic mountain villages far away from the hustle and bustle. During summer hikers have free use of the cable cars which launch them directly into the Alpine world. Long distance mountainbikers can benefit from luggage transportation and language lovers will be enchanted by the public announcements in Rhaeto-Romansh aboard the Rhaetian Railway. Excitingly, the latter is part of UNESCO’s world heritage. The world famous whiter than white snow is guaranteed in wintertime. Therefore over 40 top ski regions such as Laax and Samnaun are eagerly sought out by winter sports enthusiasts. Even cross-country skiers and hikers can indulge their passion on beautifully prepared paths and runs which remain frozen the whole season.
Verschiedenheit. Differentadad. Diversità or in English – diversity. It is term that truly applies to a land of a 150 valleys and 615 lakes. In the 19th century Graubünden was a summer paradise for hikers and poets. Today, bikers, golfers, or lovers of architecture feel just as much at home. Regardless of the season, winter or summer, Graubünden remains the most diverse holiday region in the Alps.
10,000 km of hiking paths and 4,000 km of mountainbike trails open wide this world to the intrepid guest. For example, hiking through the bizarre intriguing landscape of the Rhine Gorge, better known as the Swiss Grand Canyon. Or an excursion to the glaciers of the Upper Engadin, which can be reached on foot in one hour.
Even in winter hiking in Graubünden is possible, along specially designed paths through snowy forests or with snow shoes above the tree line. In Graubünden there are 1,400 km of these particular winter paths. Just in Arosa alone there are 60 km of paths. How enjoyable a winter trek can be! But most people who book a winter holiday are looking for something with a bit more tempo like skiing or snowboarding. Renowned resorts such as St. Moritz, Lenzerheide, Davos, and Saumnaun have outstanding ski arenas with over 150 km of ski slopes. Whatever one chooses, Graubünden always delivers in the winter season! Most destinations within the canton can guarantee snow throughout the entire season, due to their altitude. This is not always the case for every Alpine region.
Laax enjoys plenty of snow and nowhere else in Switzerland can you find so many trendy skiers and snowboarders in action. But it’s not surprising. Laax is one of a kind: 4 snow parks and the biggest half-pipe in Europe, stylish lounges, exciting clubs and design hotels. And if that wasn’t enough, there is the Freestyle Academy complete with Europe’s first freestyle indoor arena.
Graubünden is also the land of the quick lightening curves. The most famous of all is the bob run in St. Moritz, where national and international competitions regularly take place.
What links the winter and summer seasons is pure pleasure. In many places wellness is at the top of the list. From the Vals resort made famous by architect Peter Zumthor to the Roman-Irish baths of Scuol. The natural elements of stone, water, warmth and light combine to provide both excitement and relaxation.
Museums, finally, let visitors into the world of Graubünden’s great artists such as Segantini, Giacometti, and Kirchner.