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Graubunden - It Started With a Kiss

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Breathtaking landscapes, natural springs, an endless list of activities, swimmable lakes and world-class saps: it’s so easy to fall in love with Graubunden 

Description: Cows in Andeer Lai da Vons

Cows in Andeer Lai da Vons

Graubunden, located in the east of Switzerland, is the country’s largest and most popular holiday region – a dramatic landscape of seemingly endless mountain ranges topped with snow-capped peaks, peppered with tumbling waterfalls and rivers, scarred by glaciers and wrenched apart by some of Europe’s deepest valleys and gorges.

However, these rugged landscapes are also punctuated with scenic alpine lakes and meadows, sun-drenched vineyards and thousands of kilometers of marked hiking trails. Furthermore, Graubunden’s atmosphere villages and sophisticated resorts are linked by a fully integrated transport systems of trains, buses, cable cars and funiculars, making it the ultimate destination for summer adventures.

Description: Lake Cresta

Lake Cresta

You can take the children for a dip in the shallow, sun-warmed waters of Lake Cresta, which comes with tranquility guaranteed, being accessible exclusively on foot. Alternatively, row across the mirror-still Lake Cauma to admire the reflections of the mountains and pine forest that encircle it. Indeed, with 615 lakes in Graubunden (many of which are fantastic for swimming in), your only difficulty will be deciding which to visit, with equally tempting lakes found in, for example, Arosa, Lenzerheide and Savognin.

If you prefer more challenging aquatic adventures, look no further than the rivers of Graubunden, which come to life each spring as the mountain snows melt. White water rafting on the River Rhine in the Rhine Canyon, known as Switzerland’s “Little Grand Canyon” for its 400m high cliffs, is guaranteed to satisfy any thrillseeker.

Description: the River Rhine in the Rhine Canyon

the River Rhine in the Rhine Canyon

As Switzerland’s most popular mountain-biking destination, Graubunden offers something for cyclists of every level: not only are there some fantastic trails but Graubunden also offers great training facilities. Take a few days to pedal around Flims – or perhaps take the easy option with a dynamo-powered electric bike!

If you’re looking for a holiday that will treat your body, mind and spirit, you’ll delight in the myriad spa opportunities in Graubunden. The natural mineral springs located in the quaint town of Scuol in the Lower Engadin valley bubble out through drinking fountains and replenish its soothing thermal baths. In Arosa, the Bergoase Spa is spread over four floors at the Tschuggen Grand Hotel in Arosa, with its sweeping mountain views, while at Therme Vals water emerges from the ground at 31 degrees Celsius, and visitors can soak in hot and cold pools in a building constructed from 60,000 slabs of locally-mined quartzite.

The pioneering resort, Waldhaus Films Mountain Resort & Spa, which first opened for business in 1877, boasts another of Graubunden’s world-class spas with pools, saunas and treatment rooms spread across 2,500m2 of serene wellness area. The property also comprise two five-star hotels and a four-star property, six restaurants, tennis courts, an adventure park and a petting zoo, all set in manicured private grounds.

Description: Waldhaus Films Mountain Resort & Spa

Waldhaus Films Mountain Resort & Spa

As visitors to Graubunden soon discover, exploring the canton is part of its appeal, as it’s home to Switzerland’s largest narrow-gauge railway network. This includes the Glacier Express and Bernina Express – two of the world’s most spectacular railway journeys. The Glacier Express passes through the Rhine Canyon on its journey across the Alps, while the Bernina Express travels north to south, starting in Graubunden’s capital, Chur, and winding past glaciers, mountains and medieval castles before ending in Italy.

Get to Graubunden

Whether your idea of holiday heavens is watching the sun set from a mountain top, or luxuriating in a hay and flowers bath at your favourite spa. Graubunden has a name for these unforgettable moments – “Exclusively Pure” – to define the special nature of holiday experiences that await lucky summer visitors.

To create your very own summer adventure, and for the opportunity to win an extraordinary tailor-made holiday to Graubunden, visit pure.graubunden.com

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