Flims is a historic town in the Surselva valley in the district of Imboden in the Swiss canton of Graubunden. The village of Flims (German: Flims Dorf) is part of the municipality of Flims, together with Flims Waldhaus, Fidaz, and Scheia. Flims has less than 3000 inhabitants and covers an area of roughly 50 km^2. It is mostly known for the ski resort in winter and for hiking in summer. The 220km² ski resort is known as the 'Alpenarena', the 'Weiße Arena', Flims Laax Falera or just Laax. The third of these names is the most descriptive, the resort links these three villages together.
Traditionally the economy of the town was based on agriculture, farmers would bring their fresh milk into town every week for villagers to buy, cutting the long grass in the meadows by hand. Flims nowadays relies on skiing and tourism, with a UNESCO World Heritage Site to its name, the iconic Flimserstein, the aquamarine Lag la Cauma (Lake Cauma) and being the meeting point of Romansch and Germanic Swiss cultures and languages.
By public transport:
- from Chur: There is a post bus from Chur to Flims which runs every 30min all day and takes around 45min.
- from Zurich: Take a train to Chur and the post bus from there.
- by train in general: Unless you are already in Graubunden you will have to get to Chur first and take the post bus from there.
By plane: The nearest airport is Zurich International, from here the train is a simple and quick way to get to Flims. From the airport change in Zurich HB, and take trains to Chur, which takes around 1hr 40mins. As mentioned above, a there is a post bus which runs from just above the station straight to Flims.
By Car: From Zurich, the car journey takes around 2 hours, cars are available to rent at the airport, motorways 3 then 13 followed by secondary road 19 bring you to Flims.
The town of Flims is quite small and most of the shops and restaurants/hotels are located within walking distance of the base station of the Alpenarena. For larger distances and neighboring villages post buses drive regularly.
- By bus
Free ski buses: During the skiing season several free bus routes operated by the 'Alpenarena' ski resort run around Flims. Even though they are operated by the ski resort they are completely free to use for anyone. There are two kinds of free buses: the Flims Laax Falera Shuttle which connects these three towns and the local buses in Flims which go from the base station to different places in Flims. Note that the free local buses do not run all day, between 12:00 and 15:00 the bus service stops. The last bus is around 17:30. During summer the free bus service is not available.
Post buses: The post buses run along the main road of Flims.
Night bus during ski season: There is a bus which runs from Flims to Laax and back every hour until 2pm. It costs 5 CHF.
- By bike
Electro-Bikes are available to rent from the base station in Flims, these include batteries which boost the rider and replenishing stations are situated around the resort.
- Go skiing / snowboarding
The Alpenarena is one of the biggest ski resorts of Switzerland and features (among other things) the longest continuous half-pipe in the world.
- Go sledging
- Go snowshoeing
- Swim in a lake
There are several lakes near Flims, in summer you can either swim in lake Cauma and the lake Cresta.
- Go hiking
A total of 250km marked hiking trails lead through the region around Flims. For multi-day hikes there are several well-equipped mountain lodges to stay over night.
- Go biking
- Visit the Rhine Gorge
- Visit the Therme Vals ( 40min by car from Flims ).