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Graubunden is Switzerland’s largest canton, and is home to some of the most rugged mountains in Europe. Today it’s an easy two-hour train ride from Zurich, but in the past it was isolated, and developed its own distinctive culture, architecture, cuisine, and even its own language, Rhaeto-Romansch, spoken in a few remote valleys. Visitors flock to the winter sports resorts of St. Moritz, Pontresina, Davos, Klosters, Lenzerheide, the Surselva and family-friendly Arosa. The area is home to some of the world’s finest skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing, as well as an Olympic bobsled run in St. Moritz and Europe’s longest sled run near ...

Graubunden is Switzerland’s largest canton, and is home to some of the most rugged mountains in Europe. Today it’s an easy two-hour train ride from Zurich, but in the past it was isolated, and developed its own distinctive culture, architecture, cuisine, and even its own language, Rhaeto-Romansch, spoken in a few remote valleys. Visitors flock to the winter sports resorts of St. Moritz, Pontresina, Davos, Klosters, Lenzerheide, the Surselva and family-friendly Arosa. The area is home to some of the world’s finest skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing, as well as an Olympic bobsled run in St. Moritz and Europe’s longest sled run near Bergün. Chur, the largest city, is the transport hub of the region, and is worth a visit for its lovely old town. The spectacular Alpine views are best enjoyed aboard the famous Rhaetian Railway that connects the region. In case of bad weather, visit the Kirchner Museum in Davos, the Segantini Museum in St. Moritz, or the thermal baths at Bad Ragaz. In the evening, enjoy local specialties such as maluns and capuns with a local red wine from the vineyards of Malans or Maienfeld.

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Charlie Morris is the author of the Open Road guidebooks Best of Honduras, Best of Costa Rica, Best of Belize, and Switzerland Guide.

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    February is high ski season. January is less crowded.