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Chur – the heart of the Graubunden region
Chur is the oldest town in Switzerland with a history dating back 500 years. And it’s the largest shopping centre between Zurich and Milan. A mix of old and new, Chur has the cleanest and freshest air I have ever inhaled. Our lovely guide Marlen Helmi-Brunold takes us on a tour of the old town with its narrow, car-free streets, Alpine flowers and a dreamy mountain backdrop.

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We visit the Museum of Fine Arts and enjoy coffee at the café there, before walking up to the cathedral. There are many boutiques, bars museums and restaurants to explore in Chur. We stay overnight at the Romantik Hotel Stern on Reichsgasse – another quirky historical hotel in the old town. We enjoyed a superb meal in the hotel restaurant with warm and attentive service. Chur is the departing point for the Glacier Express, and the wonderful World Heritage-listed Bernina Express which takes you across to Lugano (Ticino) via the famous Landwasser Viaduct. The Chur Rhine valley is also a popular wine-growing region.

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Exploring Switzerland by train – especially on the extraordinary Glacier Express Excellence Class – is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure combining outstanding Swiss Alp scenery, charming hospitality, and the chance to savour extraordinary local wine and cuisine.

Merci! Danke schön! Grazie Mille! Switzerland – I’ll be back!

Grand Train Tour of Switzerland

From Zurich, the Grand Train Tour heads to Lucerne, taking the GoldenPass Line to Interlaken and Montreux. From Lake Geneva, it continues to Zermatt – home of the Matterhorn – where the Glacier Express takes travellers across country to Chur and the Alpine resort of St. Moritz. From here the route leads to Mediterranean Lugano aboard the Bernina Express and Bernina Express Bus. The Grand Train Tour of Switzerland continues with the Gotthard Panorama Express panoramic train and a steamboat ride to Lucerne. Here, the Voralpen-Express runs to historic St. Gallen where the route follows Lake Constance via Schaffhausen and the Rhine Falls back to Zurich. Visit:

For more information on Switzerland visit or call Switzerland Travel Centre on the International freephone 00800 100 200 30 or e-mail, for information [email protected]; for packages, trains and air tickets [email protected].

The Swiss Travel Pass offers unlimited travel on consecutive days throughout the rail, bus and boat Swiss Travel System network. Buy the Swiss Travel Pass online before your trip. Choose from 3, 4, 8 or 15 days. Prices from £369 to £810 travelling first class. Visit: for more information.

For the ultimate Swiss rail specialist with Grand Train Tour of Switzerland packages call Switzerland Travel Centre on 00800 100 200 30 or visit:

Swiss International Air Lines
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Swiss Hotels
Lucerne: The Wilden Mann:
Grindelwald: Belvedere Swiss Quality Hotel:
Montreux: Grand Hôtel Suisse-Majestic:
Chur: Romantik Hotel Stern:

Grand Train Tour of Switzerland by Gina Baksa

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