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Raetia Prima – high-resolution aerial film of Graubünden

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If you have a large monitor, use the options in the embedded video player to go full-screen and to switch to 4K (2160p) resolution. By Kevin Walker, via TechBlog.

The Great Escape

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A lovely idea from Graubünden Tourism. Set up an interactive video advertisement in Zürich’s main station, showing what a beautiful part of the Alps you could end up in by just getting on a train. Then invite passers-by to join you by printing them a free ticket on the spot. (And wait for the initiative to spread across… (Read More)

Glarus Overthrust, Switzerland

There are magnificent landscapes in Switzerland, to be sure. But amongst the mountain peaks and valleys, there are still some exceptional sites. This one, known as the Glarus Overthrust, is a geological wonder on the borders of canton Glarus and Graubünden, above Flims. Reaching the plateau by cable car to the Cassonsgrat ridge, you’re treated to… (Read More)

Hörnligrat, Switzerland

I can remember just how much pain I was in when I took this photo. My wife and I take a short holiday for our anniversary each year and in 2012, we chose the Swiss mountain resort of Arosa. Out of practice at hiking, we made the daft choice that it would be easier to… (Read More)

The Grey League

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Filmed in the beautiful South East regions of the Swiss alps, this film features many classic landscapes of the majestic country of Switzerland. We were based in one the oldest towns in Graubünden, Chur, with a trip into the clouds in Filisur and revealing one of the world heritage sites in the breathtaking Landwasser viaduct.… (Read More)

Swiss Train View

Swiss railway company Rhaetian Railways has teamed up with Google to provide a “Street View” version of its iconic line through south-eastern Switzerland.

Pradaschier toboggan run

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The dry toboggan run at Pradaschier, in the southern Swiss alps, is touted as being the longest in Europe.

Brienz (no, the other one)

The “other” village of Brienz, which we came across by chance when on holiday in Graubünden recently.

Arosa Road

When I read online that the road leading up into the mountains from Chur to Arosa was particularly windy, I scoffed, having ascended the mountain passes on many occasions.

Hotel Seehof, Arosa

Jo and I visited Graubünden (again) for our anniversary this year, and settled on the Hotel Seehof in Arosa.