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Chur is proud of the fact that it’s the only Swiss city with its own hiking and winter-sports area accessible from the city centre. The Brambrüesch mountain rises to 2174m immediately southwest of the Old Town (www.brambruesch.ch) and its affordability and ease of access are the main draws – the cable-car station is just off Kasernenstrasse, five minutes’ walk west of the Obertor. The journey to Brambrüesch itself, a platform at 1600m, is in two sections, with a midway change at Känzeli, and if you’re staying overnight in Chur, you qualify for a fifty-percent discount on the ride. In summer, there are plenty of hiking routes, as well as paragliding over the town (contact the tourist office for details). In winter a low-priced ski pass (Fr.27 for a full day; Fr.14 after 1pm) covers chairlifts from Brambrüesch up to the Dreibündenstein peak (2174m), giving access to 25km of undemanding pistes, a 6km toboggan run from Brambrüesch to Känzeli and such diversions as night-time skiing and snow hikes.
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