Canton: Graubünden / Grisons (German/French)
Destination: Caumasee / Lag la Cauma (German/Romansh)
Interesting thing: There’s many interesting things about Graubünden! It’s the biggest canton, area-wise and is where you’ll find almost all the Romansh speakers (Switzerland’s fourth official language).
Special guests: just the family this time
It was a hot and sunny Sunday when we decided to head to the Caumasee. Unfortunately this was not one of our better-planned outings and was all a bit last minute. It was also about a two-hour drive, so we didn’t get there until after noon and all the parking spots were taken! Luckily Himself had a brainwave and remembered that he’d once hiked to the lake from nearby Laax, where we found a half-empty car park, phew.
After a quick lunch of alpine fries in the café of Prau la Selva sport centre, we walked 20 minutes to the Caumasee. It was worth the extra journey, too, because we got to pass through some lovely forest and past the beautiful Lag Tuleritg lake on the way. (FYI – the area around here is called Flims, not to be confused with Flums, which we visited the following week!)
The Caumasee itself was just like the pictures. I didn’t take too many but you can see more on the Caumasee webpage. The water was really deep blue-green like you see, even close up – almost viscous: like blue paint-water. I swam out to the island in the centre, then halfway back to jump off the diving board. Just as I was heading into shore, I realised it had clouded over, the first few raindrops fell and the mass exodus had begun before I even got back to our stuff.
We had a rather wet and wild walk back up to the Laax carpark, but luckily the forest canopy protected us somewhat. We passed by the cool-looking Hochseilpark (high rope course), which seems like a fun activity to explore once the kids are a bit older.
There’s plenty more in Graubünden beyond the Caumasee (although Cauma is surely one of the most gorgeous lakes in a country of stunning lakes!) We had a trip to Davos last year and the capital city of Chur is also nice, not to mention the famous glitz of St Moritz!
Cantons visited / to go so far.
*I haven’t written this up yet!
This scenery is what I need 🙂
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Ohh this famous Caumasee! So famous that I almost dont want to see it…just almost! I cant live without crystal clear, bluegreen water! I just have to tick that lake out of my list!!
I wish you would have load some pic of you swimming!
I wish we could have taken some… we put our stuff way up on the hill near the kids playground (of course there is one!) so had no phones by the water. Maybe next time 🙂
Well the most important is not a great photo but a great time! And I hope you had a great time swimming in that delicious looking water! Looks very crowded though…
Caumasee is definitely on my Swiss travel bucket too!
Another wonderful trip! I have never heard of Caumasee. It looks gorgeous!
What are alpine fries??