Facts & figures

St. Marintskirche, Altstadt Chur
Chur is the capital of the canton Graubünden and has appr. 40'000 inhabitants. The urban area is 554 m to 2'805 m above sea level. Chur's local mountain Brambrüesch, accessible by cableways directly from the city centre, is almost exactly 1'000 m higher than the city area (1'595 m). The ski area extends to the Dreibündenstein at 2'174 m, accessible by ski lift and chairlift.
As the oldest city in Switzerland, the capital of the canton Graubünden, otherwise known as Grisons, looks back at 5,000 years of civilisation history. Numerous archaeological sites, ranging from prehistoric through Roman to medieval, are evidence of Chur’s long past. Chur is not only interesting for history fans, but also for mountain lovers and railway enthusiasts as Chur is an ideal starting point for unforgettable mountain and railway adventures. Chur is the hub to world-famous destinations such as Arosa, Davos, Lenzerheide, Flims/Laax and starting point for various railway adventures with the Rhaetian Railway.

Did you know...

... that the municipality of Chur ranges from 554 m (Bettlerküche) to 2'805 m (Haldensteiner Calanda)? As a town in the Alps, Chur still has 21 farmers and, with Alp Maran above Arosa, still has the ninth largest cow pasture in Graubünden.

... that there living more than 7.8 billion people in the world (2020)? Of these, appr. 40'000 are living in Chur.
... that 50% of the area of Chur is wooded? Chur is surrounded by the mountains Calanda, Pizokel and Mittenberg and thus offers every mountain hiker and mountain biker a wealth of opportunities for outdoor adventures, for example on Brambrüesch at 1'595 m above sea level, Chur's local mountain.

... that in Switzerland, Chur is one of the regions most rich in mineral water? Tap water has mineral water quality. Onyl four kilometers away from Chur, there is the spring of the famous mineral water «Passugger» and only 12 kilometers away from Chur, there is the spring of the famous mineral water «Rhäzünser»

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... that Chur as a bishop's town has 41% reformed inhabitants? Is that why the steeple of the majestic St. Martins church towers above the 800-year-old cathedral?
... that in the city of Chur the quota system has been in place for a long time? 52% of the inhabitants of the city are female and only 48% male!
... that Chur is the city with the oldest settlement history north of the Alps and thus the oldest Swiss city at all? Although the anniversary «2'000 years Roman Chur» was celebrated recently, the origins of the city go back to 9'000 B.C., more than 11'000 years. 
...  that the Bündner freedom hero Jörg Jenatsch was murdered in 1639 at the Churer Fasnacht in the pub «Zum staubigen Hütlein»?

Kathedrale Chur

... that Chur, with its 500 shops and shopping facilities has the densest shopping network between Zurich and Lugano?

   ... that Chur has the densest network of gastronomy in Switzerland with over 130 restaurants? All just 08.15 pubs? Not at all - or do you think Capuns, Maluns, Pizokel, Italian, Spanish, Thai, Chinese, Mexican cuisine or fresh game meat from the hunting season in Graubünden are mee-too products?

Café Arcas Chur

Further information

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Altstadt Panorama mit Brambrüesch
History of Chur
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Food and Wine