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Arcas square

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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
  • / Arcas
    Photo: Andrea Badrutt, Chur Tourismus

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.

 

Arcas square is arguably the most beautiful space 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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Name
Distance
Duration
Ascent
Descent
19.5 km
3:15 h
400 m
400 m
Multistage route 64 Via Sett  ›
113.5 km
36:53 h
4020 m
4276 m
37.4 km
3:58 h
150 m
150 m
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Arcas square

7000 Chur
Phone +41 81 252 18 18

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Alpine City Trail

March 15, 2019
difficult
19.5 km
3:15 h
400 m
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

January 26, 2015
moderate Multistage route
113.5 km
36:53 h
4020 m
4276 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
January 19, 2018
moderate
37.4 km
3:58 h
150 m
150 m
Varied circular tour from Chur or Landquart along the Rhine and through the region of the Fünf Dörfer. 
from Michael Christ,   Chur Tourismus
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