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Date

21.- 25. June 2021 (5 Days)

Tour Costs

EUR 1.995,-  per Person sharing a Double Room at / from Zurich Airport.

Single Supplement + EUR 90,-
Mind. 10 – max. 15 Guests
Deposit EUR 200,-  per Person

Expiry Dates

31. March 2021 / after upon request

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Dreamgardens in Graubünden

Graubünden, as the Free State of "Common Three Bunds", was the site of the Old Confederation. It was only in the mediation of 1803 that Graubünden became a Swiss canton. Graubünden is culturally, economically and politically diverse. The variety of languages ​​with German, Italian and Romanesque characterize the Graubünden peculiarity.

Graubünden offers pure nature: with 615 lakes, over 900 mountain peaks and 150 valleys, Graubünden is a typical mountain and highland. Graubünden water flows into three seas: the Rhine flows into the North Sea 1320 kilometers after the source in Graubünden near Rotterdam, the Inn flows over the Danube into the Black Sea and the rivers from the Misox, Bergell, Puschlav and Val Müstair into the Adriatic. As the largest Alpine railway in Switzerland, the Rhaetian Railway (RhB) has a powerful 384km route network with countless bridges and tunnels as art structures. The Landwasser Viaduct, the Wiesner Viaduct, the Circular Viaduct in Brusio, the Soliser Viaduct and the Schmittentobel Viaduct, each with heights of 110-210 meters, are spectacular.

Graubünden has a rich heritage of historical gardens. For several hundred years, patrician families have built palaces with gardens. Built in 1544, Haldenstein Castle, seat of the French King's envoy, with its hanging gardens represents an early and excellent early Renaissance building ensemble. Important stately homes such as Bothmar Castle in Malans and Salenegg Castle in Maienfeld were created with their gardens in the 18th century. The design of these gardens was shaped by Italian and French models. The symbiosis of these two garden traditions is a peculiarity of the Graubünden gardens.

The rich natural and cultural area of ​​Graubünden has always fascinated and inspired researchers. With internationally renowned research institutes, universities and higher technical schools, Graubünden has a wide range of offers in the field of education and research.

In terms of area, Graubünden is the largest canton with 189,000 inhabitants, but also the most sparsely populated canton with Chur as the capital.

City tour in Chur with Martin Michel

Chur is the oldest city in Switzerland with a settlement history of over 5000 years. The capital of Graubünden offers the 38,000 inhabitants as a dynamic city center a high quality of life with a picturesque old town and an interesting history.

The hanging gardens of Rothenbrunnen with a snack in the garden

The Kurhaus Bad Rothenbrunnen was built by the Graubünden architect Emanuel von Tscharner in 1888 next to the old spa complex. Thanks to today's owners Marina and Andreas Marugg, the main building has been largely preserved in its original condition.
The Kurhaus stands at the foot of a rocky cliff. This made it possible to "hang" various parts of the garden up to the former lounge of the Kurhaus in a natural rock cavern with a great view of the Rhine and Domleschg. Countless dry stone walls and stone stairs terrace the steep slope.

Reichenau Castle

This castle is located at the confluence of the Hinterrhein and Vorderrhein, the birthplace of the Alpine Rhine. Lord Gian Battista von Tscharner leads us through the castle and garden. The aperitif is served from the castle's own winery.

Bothmar Castle

In Malans, the gates are open for a visit to the garden of Bothmar Castle, which is one of the most beautiful baroque gardens in Switzerland.

Haldenstein - castle and garden

The garden of Haldenstein Castle gives us a lively impression of the unusual splendor of the rule in the Renaissance era. It is an unusual early and important example of tower-reinforced pleasure gardens, elaborately laid out on artificial terraces, which are also referred to as "hanging gardens" based on the legendary gardens of the Semiramis.

Engadin and Bergell

The Engadin is one of the highest inhabited valleys in Europe and more than 80 km long - a valley for athletes and nature lovers, but also a valley for artists, connoisseurs and gourmets.

The Italian-speaking Bergell extends from alpine Maloja (1815m) down to the lovely Castasegna (680m). The Bergell is home to the Giacometti family of artists.

Train journey to St. Moritz

From Thusis the RhB climbs through winding tunnels and over viaducts up the Albula valley towards St. Moritz. The line, harmoniously embedded in the landscape, is a showpiece from the time of the railway pioneers and belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage RhB. The 62-kilometer Albula line is still regarded as a masterpiece of railway technology and routing. In 1903, the RhB opened the spectacular route between Thusis and St. Moritz after only five years of construction. The red railway climbs over 1,000 meters in altitude - thanks to the Solis Viaduct, Landwasser Viaduct or the winding tunnels between Bergün and Preda without a gear.

Guided tour of the Segantini Museum in St. Moritz

Giovanni Segantini (1858-1899) is considered an important artist of realistic symbolism and a great innovator of Alpine painting in the late 19th century. The stateless artist moved from Savognin to Maloja in 1894. When Segantini worked on the middle picture of his alpine triptych Become - Be - Offense on the Schafberg high above Pontresina, he suddenly died. As early as 1908, the Segantini Museum was established and opened in honor of the artist in St. Moritz - where today the most extensive group of works by the artist is gathered worldwide.

Garden of the Palazzo Salis in Bondo - with a guide

The palazzo is considered the most beautiful manorial building in the Bergell. It was built in 1766–76 for the English ambassador to the Three Frets Count Hieronymus von Salis-Soglio. On the west side, a garden with a fountain and a symmetrical staircase with intermediate platforms was created simultaneously with the construction. The Palazzo is still inhabited by the English branch of the von Salis family.

Soglio

Soglio was first mentioned in documents in 1219 and is located on a sunny mountain terrace. Lush gardens with walls and squares with fountains give the mountain village an Italian flair.

Palazzo Casa Battista

The palazzo was built in 1630 by Knight Baptista of Salis and is still family-owned by Salis. The garden area dates from the construction period and is characterized by the two sequoias which were imported from America in 1884. Cut box hedges, old fruit trees, tree peonies and shrubs surprise the visitor who does not expect this variety at an altitude of over 1000m. The Palazzo received the "Historic Hotel of the Year 1998" award from the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).

House Salis on the sand of Martin and Brigitta Michel with aperitif riche, Chur

Classicist building complex built by Freiherr Rudolf Maximilian von Salis-Soglio in 1818 with a residential building, an economic building, a laundry and bakery, and an extensive baroque garden.

NEWS

Many of our guests have rebooked their trip to 2021 trips due to the corona-related cancellation. Thank you very much for that.
All guests who could not decide were refunded their payments within 2 days.

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