Rhine culture in Flims Laax Falera

Interested in culture? You won't be disappointed here. There are many exciting things to be found around the Rhine.

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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Senda Romontscha

The Language Trail explains how the Romance language 15v. After the Romans' entry into the Roman Empire, it was when the Romansh language area reached its greatest extent and why it then shrunk. The findings on the linguistic background of the 4th Swiss national language and parallels with other languages follow. Accompanying the knowledge of the Romance language is information on the sights you will encounter, the evolution of Flims and how Surselva got its name. By the time you reach the end of Senda Romontscha, you can certainly talk to some locals about your walk, the weather, the forest and its animals.

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Laax culture trail

A walk around the old village centre with information boards on history and geography describing objects of interest.

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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.