The Prättigau, in the canton of Graubünden (Grisons), Switzerland, is the geographical region consisting of the main valley of the river Landquart and the valleys of its side-rivers and creeks. Landquart River, which drains into the Alpine Rhine in the town of the same name, is on its upper end home to the world-famous ski resorts of Klosters.

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View to the south
Prättigau is located in Switzerland
Floor elevation1,400–600 m (4,600–2,000 ft)
Length33 km (21 mi) NW
Depth1,000–1,700 m (3,300–5,600 ft)
Population centers
Coordinates46°54′59″N 9°51′13″E / 46.9165°N 9.85372°E / 46.9165; 9.85372Coordinates: 46°54′59″N 9°51′13″E / 46.9165°N 9.85372°E / 46.9165; 9.85372
Topo mapswisstopo
RiversLandquart, Schranggabach, Schmittnerbach, Pendlatobel, Tersierbach, Schraubach, Furner Bach, Arieschbach, Schanielabach, Schwarzbach, Sagabach, Casolf, Parzelvabach, Gross Alpbach, Schlappinbach, Stützbach, Verstanclabach, Vereinabach

Landquart is a village with a railway junction on the flat floor valley of the Alpine Rhine just north of Chur, the capital of the Grisons.

The Prättigau is a popular tourist destination for winter and summer activities, including downhill and cross country skiing, tobogganing and hiking.

Traditionally, towns in the Prättigau were reliant on the lumber industry, although the income from tourism has largely replaced that.

The historical American Van Leer family claims linage from this area through Swiss archives. [1] [2]


  1. ^ "Van Leer archives".
  2. ^ "Northwestern Research".