How to Spend 1 Day in Chur, Switzerland

Welcome to Chur! The capital of Graubünden, Switzerland. The city of Chur is in the eastern part of Switzerland, and it’s known for being the gateway to Graubünden Mountains. You’ll have plenty to do if you want to spend one day or two exploring Chur. Around 500 shops, 130 restaurants, numerous museums, and more make this alpine city a great destination for tourists. 

Chur is only 75 minutes from Zurich. It is a starting point for one of the most scenic train rides in Switzerland: the Bernina Express. It also has a historic old town that you won’t want to miss out on.

Are you in Chur? Or do you want to visit there soon and are not aware of visiting the spot? This blog post will discuss one-day activities that you can do in Chur. So without further ado, here are some ideas if you wish to spend one day in Chur, Switzerland.

Chur One Day Itinerary: What can you do?

1. Visit Chur’s Old Town

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After having your breakfast, you can walk around the old town leisurely. There are few cities in Europe with as much history and culture as Chur. Over the years, the old town has been preserved, making it one of Switzerland’s best-preserved historic districts – full stop.

In Chur, you can have a great day by walking through the old town and visiting the various churches such as the St. Mariae Himmelfahrt Cathedral and the St. Martin Church. In addition to that, there are many other activities in this picturesque city.

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There are guided city tours every Wednesday afternoon and every last Saturday per month. You can visit the tourist office at the Chur train station to join the city tour.


2. Hike or Ski on Chur’s local mountain – Brambrüesch

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From 8:30 AM onwards, you can take the cable car up to the high plateau of Brambrüesch, where gorgeous summer meadows await. And in winter, go skiing for a memorable experience. 

The mountain adventures of summer come complete with hikes to nearby Dreibündstein, Feldis, and Pradaschier. You can also make a circular hike on Brambrüesch itself via Spundisköpfe or Brambiweg. There are also paths from Brambrüesch to Känzeli, Malix, and all the way down to Chur that provide an extremely varied hiking experience.

For those who want something else aside from hiking, there are also fun scooter rides and bike paths for the young and old. There’s also a fast toboggan run at the end that will be sure to excite any sports fan.

For culinary delights, Brambrüesch has its selection of restaurants. Whether you eat inside or out on a terrace overlooking the valley, they have got your fix. Numerous options cater to all tastes in Brambrüesch. After having your meal, you can head back down to Chur for more activities.


3. Pick a Museum: Rhaetian, Art or Natural History

Image of Dreibündenstein Stone from 1722 by TouringSwitzerland.com

You probably still have some time to spare before the day is over. How about you visit a museum? If you’re looking for a dose of history and culture, Chur has its fair share. This small city is home to a wealth of history and art museums. Some of the museums include the Rhaetian Museum (Rätisches Museum), the Art Museum (Bündner Kunstmuseum), and the Natural History Museum (Bündner Naturmuseum)

If we talk about museums in Chur, I think one worth visiting is the Rhaetian Museum. This fascinating museum is dedicated to the culture and art of the Romans who once ruled this region, the archeological findings in the canton, as well as traces of the Chur-Marsöl settlement.

The Dreibündenstein Stone shown above used to be on the Dreibündenstein elevation (2,156 meters above sea level). This was not a mountain peak per se, rather it was the triple border point of the former Drei Bünde (La Republica da las Trais Lias), which was a Free State of Three Alliances in the area now known as Graubünden.

If you want to learn more about Chur’s history and culture, then be sure to add the Rhaetian Museum to your list of things to do in Switzerland.

4. End with a nice meal for dinner

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Whenever we travel to a new place, we love trying the food. Usually, we go for local food or a cuisine we know like Italian or Chinese.

If you are the same and if you want to have a nice meal in Chur, we recommend the following restaurants:

Wirtschaft zum KornplatzAn excellent Michelin-starred restaurant with sumptuous food and superb winesKornplatz 1, 7000 Chur
Va BeneAn upscale restaurant that is open daily with seasonal offerings and a fantastic wine list. Awarded 14 Gault-Millau points.Gäuggelistrasse 60, 7000 Chur
Die Veltliner Weinstube zum SternA good choice for vegetarians, Die Veltliner Weinstube offers superb service and great seasonal food as wellReichsgasse 11, 7000 Chur
Restaurant Drei BundeA highly-rated restaurant in Chur’s old town, Restaurant Drei Bunde has excellent local cuisine and big portionsRabengasse 2, 7000 Chur
Da NoiPriced higher than the rest, this restaurant located in the old town has fantastic pasta and friendly staff.Vazerolgasse 12, 7000 Chur
Restaurant zum MetzgertorA restaurant serving local cuisine with reasonable prices and homemade quality food.Arcas 3, 7000 Chur

Summary: 1 Day in Chur, Switzerland

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In this blog post, I tried to cover a few visiting points or activities in Chur during one day tour, but that’s not all Chur has to offer; the surrounding area is full of natural wonders waiting to be explored.

If you would like a summary of all ideas on what to do in Chur in one day, here is a short list:

  • Visit Chur’s Old Town
  • Hike or Ski on Brambrüesch
  • Pick a Museum: Rhaetian, Art, or Natural History
  • Stroll at Fontana Park
  • Check out the Giger Bar by H. R. Giger
  • Discover the Haldenstein Castle with its romantic gardens and ruins
  • Concerts and plays may run at Theater Chur, Klibühni, or Kammerphilharmonie Graubünden
  • Visit the ruins with a protective roof designed by Peter Zumthor
  • Swim at the Aquamarine wellness pool with its indoor pools and heated outdoor pool.
  • Climb one of Switzerland’s most modern indoor climbing halls Kletterzentrum Ap ‘n Daun. Bouldering and route climbing terrain as well as outdoor climbing is also possible here.
  • Try to escape the Adventure rooms before time runs out.
  • Have a Boccia experience in Oberen Au.
  • Go bowling at Rock’n Bowl Chur, especially when the weather is bad
  • Learn more about Science at Emsorama in nearby Domat/Ems.

From Chur, I highly recommend also booking a Bernina Express ride or visiting the nearby charming village of Tschiertschen. Don’t miss out and book a tour as soon as you can.

As you can see, you will not run out of options on what to do in Chur within one full day. In fact, you can stretch the Chur One Day Itinerary offered here easily to another 1 or 2 more days. And if you would like to find more ideas on what to do in the Graubünden region, check out our related articles below.