Flights to Chur
Chur is a town in eastern Switzerland, and capital of the canton of Graubunden. It’s a historic town, and is in fact one of the oldest towns in Switzerland, offering a pretty old town and modern conveniences.
Chur does not have its own airport, so flights to Chur usually arrive at the St. Gallen – Altenrhein Airport (airport code: ACH) which is 70 kilometres away. When coming from Johannesburg, all flights to Chur will have 2 connections. Lufthansa stops in Frankfurt and Vienna, and you can go with Virgin Atlantic for transfers in London as well as in Vienna. Iberia goes another way, stopping in Madrid and Vienna. On average, flights to Chur will take around 24 hours.
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The Tourist Attractions of Chur:
Evidence has been found of a settlement here at Chur going back to prehistoric times, making this one of Switzerland’s oldest settlements. More recently Chur was inhabited in the Bronze and Iron Ages, and in Roman times. Today Chur offers tourists a pretty old town and a more modern part of town, with everything you need for a short or long stay. The main sights of Chur include the following:
Chur Old Town
Chur’s old town is attractive and has a selection of historical buildings to see. Many of the streets are for pedestrians only, making this a nice place to wander around. This part of Chur dates back hundreds of years, but there are some older bits to see too. The main settlement dates back to medieval times, plus there is the site of a prehistoric settlement.
Specific landmarks you can look out for while in Chur include the Cathedral Church of St Luzius. This was built between 1178 and 1282, but is actually on the site of an even older church. The Bishop’s Palace is just opposite the church and other historical buildings include the Episcopal Seminary. Significant churches also include the pretty Church of St Martin with its tall tower and spire, and the Cathedral of the Assumption.
The Giger Bar
For a change fro the historical architecture you should visit the Giger Bar while in Chur. This is a modern construction that was designed by Swiss artist H. R. Giger. It was opened in 1992 and features futuristic and bizarre architecture and furniture. The bar spawned several others around the world, but the one in Chur is the original!
Museums in Chur
Once you’ve admired the historical buildings you can take in some culture. Chur has several museums including a major art museum that’s housed within a very grand building. Chur is also home to a Natural History Museum (Bunder Naturmuseum), the Dom Museum, and the Ratisches Museum.
When Should You Visit?:
Summers are mild though rainy in Chur, so you’ll enjoy warm weather but compromise with showers. Make sure you bring an umbrella or raincoat if you visit in August, the wettest month, when average highs are 22.7C. It’s a degree or so warmer in July and there’s less rainfall to contend with, or visit in May or September when there are still mild temperatures and significantly less rainfall.