Arosa is a small but very charming mountain resort situated at a height of 5906 ft (1800 m) at the end of the wild Schanfigg Valley in the Canton of Graubunden. Discovered as a health resort in 1883, Arosa opened its first sanatorium in 1888. Some years later, it became a winter resort. The fresh air and natural surroundings invite tourists from all over to discover Arosa in the warmer summer season as well, when an all-inclusive package, the “Arosa Card is offered. Guests staying at least one night in Arosa can use the infrastructure, such as cable cars, village bus, boat, lido, and pedalo rentals free of charge – a perfect way for tourists to get to know the region.
If you are interested how Arosa looked like 100 years ago, step into the local history museum which displays among other things spinning wheels and weaving looms. A special place to pay a visit to is the mountain church of Arosa, which was built at the time when Columbus discovered America. This little church with the wooden roof and the 18th century organ still fascinates after such a long time. Arosa – small in size but offering a lot to its visitors!
Attractions and Activities
City Excursions in Arosa
Chur can be reached in one hour by train. The capital of the canton of Graubünden is said to be the oldest city in Switzerland. Chur’s old town has been restored for the last 20 years and is more or less car free. Visit the Cathedral, built between 1150 and 1272 or step into one of the many beautiful churches.
Bündner Herrschaft (wine region)
Have you ever tasted Swiss wine? Visit one of the most important wine regions in Switzerland, the Bündner Herrschaft with the known wine villages Fläsch, Jenins, Maienfeld and Malans. Join a guided tour and learn about the region and the wine including wine tasting and snacks.
Summer Sports in Arosa
Hiking, Nordic Walking, swimming, beach volleyball, horse riding, biking, boating, fishing, golf, etc. are just a few sports offered in summer.
Take the cable car up to the Weisshorn (8704 ft/2653 m) and hike along the many hiking trails (some are also accessible with a stroller). Take in your surroundings with 900 different kinds of flowers, 30 ferns and more than 250 kinds of moss and mushrooms. If you are lucky, you can spot squirrels, chamois, marmots, red deer or golden eagles.
Arosa is one of eight resorts challenging Nordic Walkers. Jog or walk to the Weisshorn (2953 ft/900 m height difference) and relax on the way down by cable car. A chip system allows every walker or runner to compare their time with results of top athletes. Take the challenge and try to beat the best
Rent a bike and test the downhill track from the Mount Hörnli (8245 ft /2513 m) for 2.3 miles (3.8 km) including 30 jumps and 30 bankets or get a bike card at the tourist office and ride along one of many suggested tours, an adventure for beginners as well as ambitious bikers.
Ever done a “hole-in-one”? Play a round of golf on one of Europe’s highest golf courses – Par 65. Golfing at 5906 ft (1800 m) in the middle of the beautiful alpine flora is a special experience.
Take a break after a hard day of hiking and lay on the sandy beach at the bathing area at the Untersee. Enjoy the solar heated paddling pool or play a game of beach volleyball or table tennis.
Winter Sports in Arosa
Next to the classic winter sports skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing (16 miles/26.5 km prepared tracks), snow-safe Arosa can also be discovered on foot. Tourists can rent a pair of snow shoes – you will love this silent winter sport. One of the tobogganing runs is illuminated at night and and the ice rink is open from the middle of December until the middle of April.
37 miles (60 km) prepared slopes and 25 miles (40 km) free-ride hillsides make hearts leap of joy. Take in the breathtaking panoramic view of Arosa on top of the Weisshorn and try to name a few of the 400 mountain tops. Whereas the Weisshorn is the preferred mountain for experienced skiers, the Hörnli and Prätschli are sought out by intermediate skiers.
Have you ever wondered how curling really works? Take a course organized by the tourist office and find out. It’s not as easy as it looks like.
Entertainment in Arosa
Why not view a movie in Arosa’s cinema or visit one of many nightclubs and bars and get to know the locals? Have you ever wondered how cheese is made? Visit the cheese dairy at the Alp Maran on Thursday morning at 10.30am and get insights from cheese maker Paul Wyss.
Events in Arosa
Link to current Arosa events
Families in Arosa
Children are especially welcome in Arosa. Children-friendly restaurants (a list is available at the tourist office) offer special children’s menus and are equipped with the necessary tools (seats, silverware etc).
Your children will love the squirrel-track where they can feed not only the funny little animals but also learn a story of squirrels, illustrated on 10 boards along the path.
Another path, the planet trail, explains our sun system. The sun and planets are displayed as models (scale 1: 2.8 milliards). If you are tired after so much learning, relax and rent a pedalo, rowing boat or aqua bike and discover the Obersee. A lot of fun is guaranteed by renting a scooter (equipped with front and rear brakes) at the railway station to experience Arosa’s surroundings on two wheels.
Shopping in Arosa
Browse through the many shops and get a beautiful souvenir to remind you of an unforgettable vacation in the mountains.
Location and Map
Arosa is situated in the Canton of Graubunden, 3 hours by train from the Zurich Airport (ZRH) and one hour from Chur. Other ski areas, such as Lenzerheide, Klosters or Davos can be reached within 2 to 3 hours.