Graubünden, Grischun, or even Grigioni bring to mind a beautiful and hilly scenery, until a clear image of the incredible panorama of the canton of Grisons materializes, complete with traditional chalets and a picturesque village.
Located on the eastern side of Switzerland, on the border of Liechtenstein, Austria, and Italy, Grisons, the largest canton in Switzerland, overlooks a dazzling landscape of green hills, snow-capped mountains, and dense forests. A place of pure nature, the canton of Grisons is also known as le pays des 150 vallées (the land of 150 valleys) or le pays d’Heidi et ses bouquetins (the land of Heidi and its Alpine ibexs). It boasts postcard-worthy panoramas from multiple angles, attracting tourists and winter sports enthusiasts from all over the world.
The canton owes much of its games to its fame to the majestic mountains of the Alps. In fact, the territory is nearly all mountains, with highlands of the Rhine and Inn valleys. To the pleasure of mountain lovers and pride of Grisons natives, peaks are vertiginous, some of which culminate at more than 4,000 meters, like the Piz Bernina at 4048.6 meters. This region has a special place in the hearts of nature enthusiasts, as it’s home to the largest nature reserve in Switzerland, the Swiss National Park in the Engadine: 170 km2 of nature, where humans meet wildlife, such as ibex, chamois, marmots, and eagles.
You’ve fallen under the charm of the canton of Grisons, if...
- Discovering more than 7,000 km2 of natural wonders is how you like to keep busy
- You’ve perfected the groundhog whistle
- Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, but you prefer it au naturale
It might be hard to believe, but Chur, the capital of Grisons, is not its most well-known city, although it is quite famous for its vineyard and wine. The canton’s shining stars are the internationally-renowned resorts of Davos, Klosters, St. Moritz and the villages in the Engadine Valley.
Davos, Klosters or St. Moritz
Every year, Davos hosts the World Economic Forum (WEF) and some of the world’s most important political and economic decision-makers. The very chic old village of Klosters with an air of romance attracts influential families, even royals. In summer and winter, its charm is undeniable, its landscapes dazzling, 700 km of paths between Prättigau-Klosters-Davos offer a playground and magical discoveries for lovers of the great outdoors.
In the Engadine Valley, the posh St. Moritz resort is popular with international skiers. It’s hosted Olympic Games twice, and its natural ice bobsled track 'Cresta Run' makes many resorts jealous of the world championships.
The canton of Grisons is beautiful, alluring even with its thick blanket of snow. As soon as the rays of sunshine warm up the atmosphere, the lakes, forests and valleys, it becomes a paradise for athletes and leisure lovers: swim, sail, hike, bike, among many other activities.
A small gastronomic break is necessary, so visit one of its beautiful traditional houses adorned with sgraffito. Tasting the legendary Grisons meat with a small portion of Bündner Nusstorte, honey, and walnut pie is not an option, especially at all the good restaurants.
Your future secondary residence will be in the canton of Grisons, if
- You like the reputed allure of Davos
- Your guilty pleasure is Grisons meat with a slice of Gruyère cheese
- You look good in a Bobsleigh suit