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Chur, Switzerland is the abode of the bishop and capital of the canton of Graubünden , is over 5,000 years old, the oldest Swiss city.
Location - Chur, at a height of 1949 ft. on the right bank of the Plessur stream , just as it emerges from the Schanfigg valley, and about a mile above its confluence with the Rhine, is almost completely surrounded by the Alps, eclipsed by the Pizokel and Mittenberg, hills that protects the gateway to the Schanfigg valley.

Reaching there - It is the meeting-point of the roads from Italy over many mountain passes (Lukmanier Pass, Splugen Pass, and San Bernardino Pass), as well as from the Engadine (Albula Pass, Julier Pass). The railway station has the SBB-CFF-FFS lines link with the RhB (Rhaetian railways) lines. Most of Graubünden's rail traffic is served by Rhaetian state railways. There is also a bus station on top of the railway station. The A13is linked to Chur.

Sightseeing - The western part of the city is modern, while the older more spectacular portion, with all the historical buildings, lies to the east. Among them is the cathedral church of St Luzius, it has many strange medieval relics (specially in the vestry), as well as a illustration by Angelica Kaufmann, and the tomb of the great Grisons political leader (d. 1637) Jenatsch. Facing it is the Bishops Palace, and nearby, is the Episcopal Seminary (built on the spoils of a 6th-century cloistral foundation). Close by to these ancient monuments is the new Raetian Museum, which contains a huge compilation of objects relating to Raetia (including the geological collections of the Benedictine monk of Disentis, Placidus a Spescha (1752-1833), who explored the high snow-clad areas around the springs of the Rhine). The remains of Jörg Jenatsch lie in the Romano-Gothic cathedral was begun by Bishop Tello (758-73), has a fascinating crypt; it contains noteworthy paintings by Dürer and Holbein. The Giger Bar designed by the Swiss artist H. R. Giger, the Old Town, the art gallery, and the natural museum, are all well worth the time and effort.

Accommodations - A few chalets and hotels provide accommodation in this quaint mountain resort.

Other features - Passugger mineral water is the exporting brand name of Chur's spring. Chur's pride is in the fact that it's the only Swiss city with its own city centre accessible hiking and winter-sports area. Its affordability and accessibility are the main draws - the cable-car station is just off Kasernenstrasse, five minutes' walk west of the Obertor towards the Brambrüesch Mountain. Overnight stay in Chur, you qualify for a fifty-percent discount on the ride. In summer, there are plenty of hiking, paragliding over the city limit. During winter a low-priced ski pass covers chairlifts from Brambrüesch up to the Dreibündenstein peak (2174m), giving access to 25km of undemanding pistes, a 6km toboggan run from Brambrüesch to Känzeli and such diversions as night-time skiing and snow hikes.

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