Rhine culture in Flims Laax Falera

Interested in culture? You won't be disappointed here. There are many exciting exhibitions and museums to be found around the Rhine, well worth a visit not just in bad weather.

Museums and libraries

Mirasteilas Observatory

Star hunters, future astronauts and discoverers of distant galaxies have come to the right place: Mirasteilas Observatory is home to Switzerland's largest telescope open to the public. The 1.6 ton Cassegrain telescope has a focal length of nine meters. Asteroids, comets and satellites are observed here. The data obtained is supplied to the U.S. space agency NASA. So it's well worth a visit.

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Parc la Mutta

The mountain village of Falera can look back on a long history. The first settlers already existed several thousand years ago not far from the church of St. Remigius. Excavations in the 1940s provided evidence of a Bronze Age settlement and many finds such as pottery, grinding stones, sickles and a magnificent bronze needle from the 2nd millennium BC. These finds are exhibited in the Rhaetian Museum in Chur. On a walk over the prehistoric settlement mound you will also discover shell stones and column-like boulders of unknown function. The landmark of Falera is the church of St. Remigius. The tower comes from the 13th century.

Scientific research is currently underway to learn even more about the first settlers.

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CULARTA forms an innovative combination of atelier house and exhibition space and is a meeting place for artists and art lovers. Art is created, exhibited and communicated in one place. It is available to artists for work on their own objects, for public workshops and exhibitions.

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The yellow house

The Yellow House is, in fact, white. This is not the only surprise, however. Shortly before his death in 1995, the architect Rudolf Olgiati bequeathed part of his collection of cultural treasures to the town of Flims on the condition that the Yellow House, situated in the centre of the town, be renovated according to his wishes, namely that it be "painted white from top to bottom". In 1997, his son Valerio Olgiati received the architectural contract to redesign the house from the town of Flims. It's well worth a visit, as the building which has won several architectural awards also houses various different types of exhibitions.

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Cinema Sil Plaz

In a former mill in Ilanz, an extraordinary architectural space was created out of stamped clay – the Cinema Sil Plaz. Ramun Capaul and Gordian Blumenthal created a true cultural treasure for the entire region here. The building also contains the Café sil Plaz, developed by Rudolf Olgiati.

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Architecture in Flims

Not many people know that Flims is also renowned for architectural reasons. Here you can find interesting information about the architecture in Flims and find out why yellow is a significant colour in Flims.

Rudolf Olgiati (1910–1995)

The architect from Flims, Rudolf Olgiati, created a unique collection of works during his lifetime. As a follower of the New Objectivity movement, he predominantly built family homes in Graubünden and restored old aristocratic houses and farmhouses. He combined international architecture with the autochthonous Swiss architecture. These original architectural works are well worth a visit along your walk.

Valerio Olgiati (1958)

Did you know that Flims boasts some world-renowned architecture? Valerio Olgiati frequently causes a stir in international architectural circles. With the Yellow House (built 1995-99) in Flims, he created a world-famous monument. In 2008, he set up shop close to the home of his father and has worked in his black architectural office there since then.