Spas and wellness
After a long day spent hiking, biking or skiing, Graubunden’s spas, hot springs and wellness hotels will leave you feeling refreshed and recuperated in mind, body and soul.
Graubünden’s thermal spas are veritable oases for recuperation, with a tradition dating back hundreds of years and facilities that combine traditional treatments and modern design.
For example, St Moritz began as a spa town before becoming renowned as a ski resort. In Alvaneu, people have been taking the water si century, while the Andeer bath house has a stunning 700 years. In Bogn Engiadina, Scuol, medical qualities were discovered by Renaissa scientist Paracelsus himself – of course, the fa and service have been spruced up consider since Paracelsus’s time!
Top Tip: most hotels in Graubünden offer indulgent spa and wellness experiences. Head to Graubünden’s own holiday booking site and search their list of wellness hotels to see what offers are available. shop.graubuenden.ch
Chur Weekend Special
Includes 1-3 nights at any of Chur’s hotels, including breakfast and a regional specialty meal, and half- price cable car tickets. Price: from £78 pp. graubunden.com/weekend-special
Three great: Spas and springs
Therme Vals spa, Vals
Striking modern spa facility. A bath amongst moonlit alpine panoramas is an unforgettable treat.
Bogn Engiadina, Scuol
The modern pool complex is a light-flooded building housing baths, saunas and other wellness facilities.
Tamina Hot Springs, Bad Ragaz
A haven of relaxation. mixing Belle Epoque architectural elements with modern facilities.
Fine dining with views
Fresh air, majestic scenery and exercise will whet any appetite. Good thing then, that Graubünden faire is as delicious as it is diverse.
Graubünden’s culinary traditions are closely interwoven with its unique outdoor experiences. Local specialties are made with local produce, reflecting age-old farming traditions and a long history as a cultural crossroads.
Here you can move swiftly from trail or piste to the nearest inn, where you’ll enjoy plenty of homemade dishes. In Alpine lodges near the mountain peaks as in the prize-winning kitchens of its hotels and restaurants, you’ll enjoy delicious regional cuisine.
Savour gourmet delights at Schauenstein Castle – 25km from Chur, and rated one of the top 30 restaurants in the world – or sample the light Mediterranean cuisine at Talvo in Engadin St. Moritz.
Traditional mountain huts combine local cuisine with heart-felt hospitality. In Lenzerheide, try the Restaurant Scalottas at 2,323m, or visit Chasa da Fö in Engadine Scuol – the highest cookery school in the Alps.
Culture: The real Alps!
Graubünden has a proud heritage and an authentic Alpine spirit, celebrated in its art and culture and in every brick of its architecture.
Along with its natural wonders, Graubünden is also a region rich in history and culture.
Its capital, Chur, is a fascinating link with Switzerland’s past and a centre for exploring its present. Wander through the old city and listen to local legends, ride on the Rhaetian Railway or visit the Art Museum – one of more than 70 museums throughout the canton.
Wander round the Kirchner Museum in Davos (an architectural gem in itself) or the Segantini Museum in St Moritz. Or why not pop into a mining or winter sport museum, or a local museum rich in folklore?
In Graubünden, the past is always close at hand – in its defiant fortresses and impressive castles perched on rocky outcrops and mountainsides, colourfully decorated churches and quiet, secluded chapels. Many ancient walking trails have actually been restored, allowing visitors to tread on historical footpaths along which pilgrims, merchants and knights used to roam.
Four must-do experiences
Ride the Rhaetian Railway
Take a trip from Chur and enjoy the alpine scenery while marvelling at the 136m-long Landwasser viaduct, the Solis viaduct – the railway’s highest – and the sinuous looped viaduct at Brusio.
Explore the ‘evil way’!
Between Thusis and Andeer runs the mystical gorge of Via Mala, meaning ‘evil way’.
The gorge is just a few metres wide, but with rock walls up to 300m high and has been the object of legend and myth for centuries.
Stay at the Convent of St John in Müstair
One of Switzerlands m significant chur the convent over 1,200 yea declared a Wo
Site by UNESCO in 1983. You can stay overnight in the guesthouse.
Take a guided tour around Chur
Wander through the oldest city in Switzerland, boasting 20,000 years of history.
Along with its 800-year old cathedral, its car-free Old Town is a delight.
Take the trip
Classic Bernina Express
Take an unforgettable journey on the Bernina Express including return flights, 4 nights 3* B&B hotel accommodation in St Moritz and Lugano, rail travel, half fare railcard and Bernina Express Reservation.
Price from £585.