Although famous for being a posh winter resort, Arosa has a beautiful summer outfit that is maybe less known but as equally enchanting. In every direction we went in Arosa, we found a magnificent peak to reach, a breathtaking mountain lake to contemplate on, cute animals to observe or feed, and intriguing trails to hike!
Sports in Arosa: hiking & biking
Our first discovery was Schwellisee! This beautiful mountain lake in the Arosa Alps stunned us with its turquoise water 😍. The intense clouds on that day gave such an amazing reflection on the water as if a giant hand drew the surrounding mountains on its surface 🎨.
Schwellisee is easily reached on foot in about 1/2 hour from Hörnli valley station or 1 hour from Arosa center. The path took us through the green hills and the sound of multiple streams and ringing cow bells. You don’t notice how gradually you reach the height 1933 m! There you can do an around-the-lake hike or continue to Älplisee, another beautiful mountain lake of Arosa.
When you visit, have sufficient time on your hands to relax on the multiple benches distributed around, absorb the mesmerising surroundings and make friends with the cows wondering around or simply read a book.
The best way to discover Arosa, is to have the Arosa Card which gives access to many activities and mountain railways in addition to city transport. You can get it for free at your hotel!
On a beautiful sunny day, we had a trip to Hörnli. The ride in the cable car is very exciting and when you reach the top you have a magnificent view over the surrounding mountains and valley. Many (professional) bikers start their ride from the peak downward the Hörnli trail. At the top there is Hörnlihütte restaurant and coffee shop equipped with chaise longues. You can lay back and wonder over such beautiful nature around.
Fluffy animals: cuteness overload
We had a lot of fun watching the bears at the Arosa Bear Sanctuary and how they behave in the wild! These are rescued bears from circuses. The sanctuary is equipped with wooden bridges hanging from high that allow you to enjoy the observation from a safety distance. To get there you’d need to take the Weisshorn Bahn, which continues up to the peak of Weisshorn, were the views are breathtaking ❤️
Another not-to-miss activity (specially when you travel with kids!) is feeding the fast and cute squirrels at the «Eichhörnliweg » or the so called “Squirrel Path”. Take some nuts with you and soon as the cuties hear the cracking of the nuts they will run to you and you will have flurry friends eating your hands 😍.
Luxury: relax & recharge
Exploring Arosa was quite fun and enchanting. But the central piece was our stay at Arosa Kulm Hotel that hosted us and enhanced our whole experience!
We were continuously in a dilemma whether to go out explore or stay comfortably indoors 😁
So we let the weather decide and tried to make the best out of both!
The view from the balcony is out of this world, with the surrounding Arosa Alps almost at the reach of your hand.
The Alpin SPA is a piece of heaven, a pleasure to the eyes as much as a treat to the body! It’s like discovering the magical sweet spot between the outdoor and the indoor, between the view and the indulgence, between re-energizing and relaxing 🤩
Beautifully designed with its high glass windows, you feel you have both… the SPA in the Alps 🏔 and the Alps in the SPA 🧖♀️🧖 , and almost cannot tell the end line of the SPA and the starting point of the mountains. It was the ideal way to recharge the body as we always try to fit as many experiences & activities on our list as (not )possible.
To put it in a single word it was CHARMING🤩!
Being foodies, we always have an emphases on the culinary, and we had the option to choose between two restaurants. Both were mouth watering! In the Italian “Taverna” you have the typical choice of pizzas and pastas, but also different meat cuts on the hot stone! The “Muntanella” took it a higher level in culinary experience! The poached bio egg from Peist appetiser, the Brüggli trout was impeccable, and the chocolate fondant was to die for, a feat to the eyes as you see the hot chocolate poured in front of you.
The views? The hikes? the friendly animals? The SPA? The culinary delights?
All of the above!
Arosa…Literally a stay that took our breath away!