A Swiss holiday in the Region of Flims Laax Falera
Even if you’re living in Switzerland as an expat, there are certainly still undiscovered gems throughout the country in the region of Graubünden, arguably one of the best places to visit in Switzerland.
Spending winter holidays in Switzerland seem like something out of a fairy tale, with towering mountains, picturesque villages and rich culture at every turn. Adventure-seekers can race down some of the best slopes in the world on action-packed ski holidays, while couples can relax and reconnect at a romantic, firelit Alpine ski resort. With so many things to do in Switzerland, it can be difficult to choose just where to go. LAAX offers some highlights of Graubünden, including Flims, Laax and Falera, as well as the culture visitors can look forward to experiencing in the region.
Adventurous winter holidays in Switzerland
Switzerland is rich with ski resorts, especially south of Zurich in the canton of Graubünden. Here, visitors find some of the most sought-after slopes and famed ski resorts, such as St. Moritz — the site of not one but two Winter Olympics, the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2017 and a favourite destination of celebrities and international jetsetters — Arosa, Davos, Flims, Laax, Falera and countless others.
Nestled in the valleys of the Graubünden canton, the ski region of Flims Laax Falera takes advantage of its relatively secluded location; unlike the crowded St. Moritz, there can be less hustle and bustle than found in an overcrowded Alpine ski resort. The three villages have been called a “playground” for adults, with the opportunity to ski — there are over 200 kilometres of slopes — winter hike, sledge and, most famously, snowboard. The Vorab glacier, located 3,018 metres above sea level and the highest point in the region, offers not only spectacular views but a challenging run for skiers.
With a grand snow park featuring the world’s longest continuous halfpipe and 90 obstacles, as well as the large Freestyle Academy, Laax offers myriad snowboarding opportunities for beginners and pros alike. Other winter sports, including curling and ice skating, are available at most ski resorts in Switzerland, including Laax. Many visitors flock to Laax in the winter and Flims in the summer, while Falera is reserved for those in search of a more rustic holiday.
Those that would like to take a break from the slopes won’t find themselves simply sitting around enjoying the views — there is more to Graubünden, and Flims, Laax and Falera in particular. Horse-drawn carriage rides, during which you enjoy the sights under thick and cosy blankets on cold, snowy days, are offered in numerous ski resorts such as Laax and Davos. On clear days, you can view Switzerland from above on a gentle ride in the clouds during Alpine Hot-Air Balloon Week at Arosa, only an hour from Laax.
Experience the culture of Flims Laax Falera
When living in Switzerland as an expat or simply visiting on holiday, the culture surrounds you — and it is no different in the canton of Graubünden. The largest and easternmost canton in the country, Graubünden has a culture all of its own. Visitors will often hear the musical Romansh, an official Romance language of Switzerland with a relatively small number of speakers.
Three UNESCO Heritage Sites, including the Monastery of St. John in Müstair, the Albula and Bernina lines of the Rhaetian Railway and the Sardona Tectonic Arena, provide a wealth of history in Graubünden. The Sardona Tectonic Arena is a breath-taking example of the movement of the earth — older rock has slowly pushed its away on top of younger rock, creating an “unnaturally” straight line. The Sardona World Heritage trail takes you from Filzbach to Flims, allowing you to take in the sights along the 83 km-long trail.
In Falera, history enthusiasts will find prehistoric settlements, including giant megaliths and the 500-year-old St. Remigius church. But the ancient meets the modern in Falera — in addition to its historical sights, Falera is home to the Mirasteilas Observatory, the largest public telescope in Switzerland.
Eat: Swiss food of Graubünden
The cuisine of a country is ingrained in its culture. In Laax, and in fact throughout the Graubünden canton, genuine Swiss food can be found in five-star restaurants and the kitchens of the locals. Though Graubünden is also part of the German-speaking culture, the local Swiss cuisine features recipes not found anywhere else: try Bündner Gerstensuppe, the region’s famous barley soup perfect on cold winter days, followed by a slice of sweet Nusstorte, a caramelised nut-filled pastry.
Though Switzerland is a skier’s paradise, there are many more things to do in Switzerland than hit the slopes. Enjoying Swiss cuisine, taking in the spectacular sights, relaxing and playing winter games with the family are all part of the culture of Flims Laax Falera and throughout Graubünden.
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