It's all there: enjoyable forest paths on the ascent, breathtaking views from the Joch, a varied descent and in Tschiertschen a piece of authentic Walser culture.
Distance 39.9 km
Highest point2,012 m
Lowest point585 m
From Chur, this varied route first leads along the Plessur river to Meiersboden. There the beautiful ascent begins, which first leads to Passugg. After a short stretch on the road follows the further ascent to Churwalden on the very worthwhile "Polenweg", which was extended by Poles from 1940-44 and thus got its name. In Churwalden then follows the actual ascent on the "Jochwäg", at the beginning on a mountain road, later on forest roads through forests and over beautiful alps ever higher up to the actual summit destination - the Churer Joch. Magnificent alpine flora and views of the mountain world of Lenzerheide characterize the beautiful ascent. For the rewarding deep view down to the Alpine City of Chur and the mighty Calanda massif behind it, it is worth making the short climb to the highest point and all the way to the front.
Now follows a long descent on the other side of the Joch. The landscape and view here is no less attractive than on the other side, because now you look directly into the Schanfigg valley with its picturesque Walser villages and mountain landscapes. After the short counter-ascension, the mighty Arosa Weisshorn also shows itself from the rear side at the Hühnerköpfe mountain restaurant. The further descent follows the mountain road, past the beautiful Furgglis mountain restaurant to the Walser village of Tschiertschen. Whether in one of the mountain restaurants or in Tschiertschen itself in the Hotel/Restaurant Alpina on the large panorama terrace, a stopover is definitely worthwhile. Finally, there is the descent on the little-used mountain road to Passugg and from there back on the ascent route 255 via Meiersboden back to Chur.
Outside Chur: Rental and service station in Chur with info lounge and useful accessories for on the road. T +41 81 252 27 53, www.outsidechur.com
Station Chur (584 m)
32T 540399 5188995
From Chur ascent on the bikeroute 255 (Brambrüesch) to Churwalden. From there on the mountain road via Vargan to Foppa, where you follow the last part of the ascent on bikeroute 634 (Arosa Lenzerheide Rundtour) to the Joch. The descent is also on this route until point 1735 between Waldstafel and Furgglis. From there the further descent takes place on the mountain road to Tschiertschen and further to Passugg. From Passugg follow the initial ascent route (255 Brambrüesch) back to Chur.
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Chur train station is easily accessible by SBB (Swiss Federal Railways), Rhaetian Railways, Postbus or Chur Bus.
Motorway exit Chur Nord or Chur Süd and then drive to the city centre.
At Chur railway station two multi-storey car parks are available (Otto & Alex / SBB Park & Rail).