This June we had the great opportunity to go and discover Graubünden! Graubünden is the biggest province in Switzerland and is all about raw natural beauty! We spent 2 weeks traveling around Graubünden during which we visited 4 different areas. This post is about the third stop on our Graubünden road trip: the area of Bergün. Get ready for a beautiful region with perfectly beautiful Bergün houses, amazingly created railway constructions and a beautiful mountain pass!
Bergün is one of the cutest old towns we have seen in Switzerland. The houses are beautifully decorated making the town very special. We were lucky to have some fresh snow on a summer morning making this peaceful town even more beautiful! It is definitely a photogenic town with those painted houses and big mountains in the background. Just above Bergün you find an even smaller town called Latsch. Here you’ll find hiking trails with a beautiful view over the valley.
During our 2 days in Bergün we stayed at the Kurhaus Bergün. It’s truly one of the greatest hotels we’ve ever been! The decoration, atmosphere and food are a whole experience in itself. At times it felt like we walked straight into a Wes Anderson film. There are different typical decorated rooms such as the bar, kitchen and one of the best rooms: the blue ‘Speisesaal’. Unfortunately while we where here the room was transformed into a stage for a local festival and we couldn’t take pictures of it. You can get an impression of this room on their website here!
The Rhaetian railway constructions in Graubünden are amazingly built and fit beautifully in the mountains. One of the most beautiful viaducts is the Landwasser viaduct near Bergün. This viaduct is 142 meters long and 65 meters high. It’s about a half an hour walk from the town Filisur, but you can also park your car along the road close to the viaduct. From there it’s only a 15 min. walk to the bottom of the viaduct or to a viewpoint above it. Take into account that only 2 trains per hour pass over the Landwasser viaduct and they pass only a couple of minutes apart. You can guess how long we waited to get these two pictures of different perspectives. 🙂
The Wiesener viaduct is another great railway construction and it’s located near Wiesen. This viaduct is 88.9m high and 210 meters long! You can park your car near the station Davos Wiesen and walk over the Wiesener viaduct to get to a panorama viewpoint on the Filisur side. Remember that there are only 2 trains per hour, so check the actual timetables before deciding to wait at the panorama viewpoint!
Lai da Palpuogna
This blue-green lake is situated in a gorgeous and peaceful mountain world. You should definitely go here during the golden hour! The colors of the lake should be amazing during this time! We were waiting for a nice sunset or sunrise during our stay but weren’t very lucky. During the day you can still enjoy this peaceful and beautiful lake.
The Albulapass is a beautiful mountain pass in Graubünden (2315m.) At the bottom of the Albulapass (on the Bergün side) is a maze of Rhaetian railway structures. It is definitely worth it to wait for some trains passing by. At the top of the pass it’s also worth waiting for some fancy or vintage cars to pass by. We were lucky to spot a whole bunch of corvettes! There are several hiking trails leading from the Albulapass to several mountain lakes. We hiked towards the lakes of Crap Alv.
Hiking to Crap Alv
From the Albulapass you can hike towards Crap Alv and even further. We had some fresh snow in the morning that made it more difficult to hike. Without the snow it is a relatively easy hike leading to mountain lakes with beautiful views over the Albulapass. We decided to continue through the snow and were very happy when we made it to Crap Alv. Unforntuntaly the moment we arrived up on the mountain the weather changed quickly and we heard the sound of thunder in the distance, we decided to go back to our car as fast as we could!
Bergün is a beautiful Alpine town and is definitely worth a visit! It is very peaceful and you’ll find relatively little tourists. We already promised each other to go back to this region someday to hike more trails and stay some more nights at the Kurhaus! Read more about this region on the website of Bergün here.