05 March 2012

Day 2 : Chur

We woke early on 6 July 2011 and had a lovely breakfast in the hotel.  After one last walk in Zurich Altstad we checked out of the hotel and walked to Zürich Hauptbahnhof.  We were to early for our train. In South Africa we don’t have a lot of public transport and the bit we have is not very reliable.  During the whole holiday we were always to early for our trains and would usually be the first people to get on.
Zurich, Switzerland
Zurich Hauptbahnhof
The train ride from Zurich to Chur is about 1.5 hours.  The train wasn’t full and it was a very relaxing journey.  After leaving Zurich we rode next to the lake.  It was a nice day and people were walking and swimming.  There was a lot of green land and beautiful mountains.  We used the time to read about Chur and just enjoy the view.
Chur, Switzerland
Chur - Postplatz
After arriving in Chur we first stored our luggage in a locker on the station and got a map at the information center.  We walked via Bahnhofstrasse to the Altstad (old town).  We stopped at Postplatz and continued via Poststrasse.  We passed the Rathaus (Town hall) and Kirche St Martin (Church of St Martin)
Chur, Switzerland
Chur - Rathaus

Chur, Switzerland
Chur - Church of St. Martin
Chur is the oldest town in Switzerland. While reading about Switzerland I found information about Chur’s Catherdal and I realy wanted to visit the it.  After passing Kirche St Martin we took a wrong turn and almost missed the cathedral. After our detour (with views of the vineyards in the town) we finally found the cathedral.

St. Maria Himmelfahrt / Cathedral of the Assumption
Chur - Cathedral

St. Maria Himmelfahrt (Cathedral of the Assumption)
St. Maria Himmelfahrt (Cathedral of the Assumption) was built between 1178 and 1282.  The inside was incredible.  There is stained glass windows and paintings on the walls and ceiling.  There are different altars.  We walked around the outside of the cathedral and found a pretty graveyard (Friedhof Hof) with flowers between the graves. 
St. Maria Himmelfahrt (Cathedral of the Assumption)
St. Maria Himmelfahrt (Cathedral of the Assumption)
St. Maria Himmelfahrt (Cathedral of the Assumption)
Chur - Friedhof Hof
We walked back through the old town and 14:00 we were on the train to Bever.

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