Praden (Romansh Prada? / I ) was until December 31, 2008, a municipality in the district of Chur Walden, District Plessur in the canton of Graubünden in Switzerland.

January 1, 2009 Praden merged with the municipality of Lenzerheide Lenzerheide for new community - Praden.

Coat of arms

Description: Split of gold and blue, pale Asked in gold blue lobe, sechsstrahliger in blue golden star. The club also refers to past membership in the Court Long Meadow, the star on the circle Churwalden. Ten colors of the federal court.


The former municipality is located 5 km (air line ) southeast of Chur on the left side of the valley of the Schanfiggs. The territory extended south of the deep Plessur ( around 700 m), which is 4 km between the mouths of Pajüeltobel and Steinbach Tobel the municipal boundary, on the northern slope of the Gürgaletsch. Between the summit and the yoke into Churwaldner valley leads as mule track over, the highest with 2075 m point was reached. The village Praden, about 400 m above the river on a slope is, from the western part Ausserpraden (1135 m above sea level. M. ) and the eastern part Innerpraden ( 1161 m), which are separated by the word Tobel.

From all over the former municipality of 642 ha 436 ha of woods and forests are covered. At least 168 ha can be used for agriculture (mainly mountain pastures ). In addition to 31 ha of unproductive area - mostly mountains - there are 7 ha settlement area.

Neighboring communities were Churwalden, Maladers, Calfreisen, Castiel, Lüen and Lenzerheide.


The 1157 as Pradis ( Name from the Latin pratum, " meadow ") mentioned place was settled in 1300 by the Walser people from Long Meadow permanently. Consequently belonged Praden in the Three Leagues as a neighborhood to court Langwies the ten federal court and only came in 1851 to Chur Walden, than today's circuits were created.


Of the 113 residents were 106 Swiss citizens (as of end of 2004).

Economy and Transport

Previously, the Pradner lived almost exclusively on agriculture, the climatic conditions in addition to the dominant livestock also permitted farmland and orchards. After the population was declining for over a hundred years, the village was able to reverse the trend in the 1980s. Since then it has developed into a popular residential community in the catchment area of ​​the canton's capital. At the tourist boom of the environment ( Arosa, Lenzerheide, Lenzerheide ) Praden has little interest; the village itself has only 21 jobs (as of 2000-01 ).

By Praden the Tschiertscherstrasse runs. The village is connected by the postal bus from Chur to Lenzerheide to the network of public transport.


Monumental is the Protestant church.


From Praden came the architect Meinrad Lorenz, who coined many railway buildings of the Rhaetian Railway, which were built before the First World War. Grown also in Praden is Oliver Fox, the current head of entertainment at the Second German Television ( ZDF).


Praden, looking north

View from the north

Stable above the village