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Churwalden

Churwalden is a municipality in the district of Plessur in the canton of Graubünden in Switzerland. On 1 January 2010 the municipalities of Malix and Parpan merged into Churwalden.HistoryChurwalden is first mentioned in 1149 as silva Augeria. In 1191 it was mentioned as de Curwalde.GeographyChurwalden has an area, as of 2006, of 26.7km2. Of this area, 40.6% is used for agricultural purposes, while 40.1% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 3.1% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (16.1%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).The municipality is located in Churwalden sub-district of the Plessur district on the Rabiusa river and near the Lenzerheide Pass. The village lies in the valley between the cantonal capital Chur and the resort Lenzerheide. The Lenzerheide Bergbahnen AG offers access to the skiing area of Lenzerheide as well as Stätzerhorn, Danis, Scalottas, and Rothorn. The longest toboggan run (Rodelbahn) is in Churwalden. The run at Pradaschier is 3.5km long.The municipality consists of the linear village of Churwalden and the hamlets of Passugg, Araschgen and scattered farm houses. The municipalities of Churwalden, Malix, and Parpan are seeking approval from the Canton to merge on 1 January 2010 into a new municipality that will be known as Churwalden.
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