Arosa is a charming alpine village nestled in the Schanfigg Valley and surrounded by rugged peaks. Hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding are just some of the ways to enjoy Arosa in the spring and summer. At 1,800 metres above sea level, Arosa enjoys reliable winter snowfall and boasts one of the largest ski areas in Switzerland.
Things to do in Arosa
Hiking trails wind through the mountains and immerse you in the beautiful alpine scenery. Work up a sweat on a challenging climb to the summit of Weisshorn or enjoy a leisurely stroll through the forest. Other trails take you to turquoise lakes and flower-filled meadows. The Hörnli Trail stretches for almost seven kilometres and is open exclusively to mountain bikers.
Winter snowfall transforms Arosa into one of the top ski resorts in Switzerland. Discover 225 kilometres of groomed slopes in the Arosa Lenzerheide Ski Area, some starting at more than 2,800 metres above sea level. Cross-country skiing and tobogganing are fun options if you don’t ski.
Get up close with brown bears at the open-air Arosa Bear Sanctuary. The bears are free to roam in their natural habitat and can be safely observed from a viewing platform. A playground, mini golf course and “floating” adventure path make the sanctuary popular with families.
The mountains surrounding Arosa are dotted with rustic huts where you can enjoy hearty alpine cuisine. In summer, enjoy freshly tossed salads, fruit tarts and homemade ice cream. Rich cheese fondues and creamy hot chocolates are a great way to warm up in the winter.
Getting around Arosa
Arosa is located in the Swiss canton of Graubünden, a two-hour drive from Zurich and 40 minutes from Chur. The village is compact and easy to get around on foot. Trains run between Chur and Arosa in around one hour and Zurich Airport is a 2.5-hour drive away.