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Graubunden

Graubunden Area Guide

Buying property in Graubunden

As well as several large handsome towns, like Schaffhausen and Chur, Graubünden has extensive rural areas with lush pastures that help to produce its famous cheeses. The high alpine areas to the south of the canton are a magnet for mountaineers and winter sports enthusiasts. Begin your Graubünden property search now or contact one of our Switzerland property experts for a more detailed discussion of your requirements.

Buying, owning or selling property in Graubunden

The majority of this region comprises of numerous ski resorts that benefit from a definition as a ‘holiday zone’, this means that a non-resident may buy one property with a limit of 200 sq m of living space in this area. The valleys of this canton however, do not permit a purchase without a residents permit.

Living in Graubunden

The largest Swiss canton and situated in the easternmost part of the country, bordering Austria and Italy, Graubünden comprises a vast and complex network of valleys and lakes presided over by magnificent mountains and connected by alpine passes. Variety abounds from famous ski resorts to quiet and picturesque villages.

Education

There are numerous excellent public and international schools within Graubünden and in the surrounding communities.

Activities

While there is plenty to amuse year-round, with pursuits such as golf, hiking, horse riding and mountaineering, life in Graubünden begins and ends with the winter. Ski and snowboarding enthusiasts gather from across the world and all tastes are catered for, from the glamour of St Moritz, the youthful exuberance of Davos, the breathtaking beauty of Flims, the Alpine oasis of Lenzerheide, to the elegance of Arosa.

With 937 mountains, 150 valleys and 615 lakes you could live here for a lifetime and never run out of new places to discover. The thrills of the St Moritz International White Turf horse race (1907) held on the frozen lake makes for an unforgettable and unique experience. Equally thrilling is the annual Cartier Snow Polo World Championships, also held in St Moritz.

Culture

The Segantini Museum (a short walk from the centre of St Moritz) is dedicated to the painter Giovanni Segantini and is listed as a Swiss World Heritage site. The former Waldsanatorium in Davos (which was the inspiration for Thomas Manns 1924 novel The Magic Mountain) is today the Waldhotel, the favored base for delegates visiting Davos for the World Economic Forum and a relaxing spa.

Accessibility

Overland: Overland: Switzerland is well connected by high-speed trains, famous for their cleanliness and efficiency, from across Europe.

By air: By air: Zurich is a major intercontinental hub. The private airfield of Samedan is 5km from St Moritz.

(All distances approximate)

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