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    Photo: Markus Bühler, Chur Tourismus
  • / Arcas Platz mit St. Martinskirche
    Photo: Michael Christ, Markus Bühler
  • / Arcas Platz, Chur
    Photo: Michael Christ, Yvonne Bollhalder
  • / Arcas by night
    Photo: Yvonne Bollhalder, Chur Tourismus
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    Photo: Andrea Badrutt, Chur Tourismus
The Arcas, surrounded by historic rows of houses and lined with several cafés and restaurants, is probably the most beautiful square in Chur.
Picturesque and medieval - that is how the Arcas looks today. Before 1971, however, it was quite a different story, for until then warehouses obscured the square. Architect Theodor Hartmann had these demolished and integrated an underground garage into his new design concept. Nevertheless, the Arcas has still retained its medieval character, for the row of houses extending towards the Plessur river are built onto the old city walls. And these - as can be seen at Arcas 25 - are thought to date from the 13th century. Nowadays, the medieval houses, with the modern open spaces in between, give the square a picturesque touch.

 

The Arcas is arguably the most beautiful city square in Chur. With its historical town houses and cafes surrounding the open space, it exudes an almost Mediterranean ambiance. During events, the Arcas becomes a picturesque stage in the heart of the Old Town. Of course, there is also a well where you can refresh yourself. The well on Arcas square is made of Gneis rock from the village of Andeer. It is based on the myth about the spirits on Scalära.

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Updated: November 19, 2020

Coordinates

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46.847922, 9.531646
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46°50'52.5"N 9°31'53.9"E
UTM
32T 540533 5188401
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Distance
Duration
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Descent
19.5 km
3:15 h
400 m
400 m
Top Multistage route 64 Via Sett
113.5 km
36:53 h
4,020 m
4,276 m
38.8 km
2:40 h
191 m
191 m
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Arcas square

7000 Chur
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Jogging · Chur
Alpine City Trail
Top Difficulty difficult
Distance 19.5 km
Duration 3:15 h
Ascent 400 m
Descent 400 m

Extensive jogging tour around the Alpine City of Chur along beautiful forest paths and the banks of the Rhine, with a detour through the old town. 

from Michael Christ,   Chur Tourismus
Long distance hiking trail
64 Via Sett
Top Difficulty moderate Multistage route
Distance 113.5 km
Duration 36:53 h
Ascent 4,020 m
Descent 4,276 m

It was considered to be one of the most important Alpine passes in Roman times - the Septimerpass. The focus of this cultural and long-distance ...

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from Daniel Maier,   Graubünden Ferien - normierte Touren
Cycling · Chur
Chur Rhine Route
Top Difficulty moderate
Distance 38.8 km
Duration 2:40 h
Ascent 191 m
Descent 191 m

Nothing but wine and water: on this circular route, you will discover the winegrowing villages between Chur and Landquart. The return journey takes ...

from Michael Christ,   Chur Tourismus
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