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The journey gets off to a leisurely start in Chur. But the sedate trundle through the town is soon over as the red train suddenly begins to climb up into the mountains, where Arosa awaits with fresh mountain air, sunshine and a dose of humour.
The Arosa Line climbs 1,000 metres in just 26 kilometres. The RhB line makes its way slowly through the streets of Chur – past the town walls, the Maltese tower and the Obertor gate. Minutes later, the train is wending its way through unspoilt nature and the mountainous landscape of Schanfigg. The composition seems to float across the Langwieser Viaduct over the Plessur river.
The journey to Arosa, at 1,800 metres above sea level, takes one hour. Once there, you can let your imagination run free for the day: take the cable car to the top of the Weisshorn or to the Carmennahütte. Hike high above the valley with views stretching over towards Tschiertschen. The famous Humour Festival takes place every December. Arosa is good for both body and soul.
Enjoy both charming Alpine town flair and fresh mountain air on the Arosa Line.
The magic of the mountains or vibrant city life? The oldest town in Switzerland offers both. Picturesque lanes and snow-covered peaks, modern shopping centres and unspoilt natural beauty, trendy restaurants and interesting museums. That's simply Chur: the first city of the Alps.
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The red train hovers elegantly 62 metres over the Plessur River. With a length of 284 metres, the Langwieser Viaduct in the Schanfigg Valley is the largest RhB bridge. 100 years ago, pioneering railway builders constructed what was then the first railway bridge of its size to be made from reinforced concrete. Today, it is considered a heritage site of national importance. In winter it is romantically bathed in a glow of light.
The panorama is unforgettable: in good weather, over 2,000 peaks can be seen from the Weisshorn. In 2013, the futuristic restaurant at the summit won the award for outstanding mountain architecture. In winter, a sporty sledging trail runs from the middle station to the valley. In summer, visitors of all ages ride back to the village on their kick scooters.
Leaping from tree to tree, perched on a tree trunk or even scrabbling up your trouser leg: on the Squirrel Trail you are guaranteed to encounter these otherwise shy creatures. The one-and-a-half hour hike leads from the Waldhotel National through fir woods up to the high plateau at Maran. There is a barbecue pit along the way and the restaurant at Maran also allows picknicks.
Bild: Arosa Tourismus