Archaeological Site Chur

Archaeology: Roman excavations

Römische Ausgrabungen
Schutzbauten Römische Ausgrabunden
Today's Welschdörfli district of Chur has a settlement continuity that stretches from the Neolithic period to the present day. Since 1986, the settlement remains have been enclosed by protective structures designed by the Grisons architect Peter Zumthor.


In Welschdörfli, the part of the old town lying south of the river Plessur, researchers found several prehistoric settlements and the remains of a Roman Street Station. The Roman conquest some 2000 years ago is an important part of Chur's settlement history. Excavations and relicts from that era are exhibited in the Areal Ackermann on Seilerbahnweg.

The protective structures covering the archaeological sites from the Roman era were built in 1986 according to designs by local architect Peter Zumthor. They do not only protect the finds, they are also a museum and architectural masterpiece. The weighty building with its delicate rilled outer surface is reminiscent of the original Roman edifices.

In case of subject-specific questions, please contact the Archaeological service of Canton of Grisons: Mail: Website: www.   


The key for the shelters is available for a fee of CHF 5.00 and a deposit of CHF 50.00 at the Tourist Information at Bahnhofstrasse 32. Key can be borrowed during the opening hours of the Information Centre and must be returned on the same day. A reservation of the key by phone is highly recommended.

Chur Tourism also offers interesting guided tours of the excavations.


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