Hi Caro, and welcome to MySwissAlps!
Brig has only one cable car that I am aware of – the gondola to Rosswald, a 10-minute ride, which is probably of more interest to locals and people who are regular visitors to that area and have already seen the more spectacuar sights.
So if it were me, I would give the Rosswald gondola a miss and take a trip on the train to Zermatt instead. At Zermatt, you can take the Gornergrat train up to view the Matterhorn if the weather is clear. That is a spectacular and memorable experience, even though it doesn’t involve a cable car. From Brig, you can be at the top of the Gornergrat within about 2 hours. Alternatively, you could take the cableway up to Klein Matterhorn for a different view.
Check the webcam to ensure there is good visibility before going up:
Even if the Matterhorn is in the clouds, Zermatt is a beautiful village to stroll around in. There’s a charming historic area too, which is well worth a look. The good waterproof walking boots you mentioned will be helpful to keep your footing on sloping snow-covered paths.
Compared with what other areas of Switzerland have to offer, Chur just isn’t in the running, but can be useful as an accommodation base for the Glacier Express and Bernina Express trips.
There is a local cable car, but if I were you, I would give it a miss and spend a day in St Moritz instead. The trip up to Piz Nair by funicular and cable car, starting from the centre of St Moritz, is a great trip. It would take around 3 hours from Chur to the top of Piz Nair, but would be far more memorable than anything I can think of in the vicinity of Chur:
- Chur to St Moritz - train, 2 hours, very scenic (but duplicating most of the first section of the Bernina Express route)
- Walk from railway station to funicular station - 15 minutes; alternatively, town bus #3 or #9 from St Moritz railway station will take you to the stop called "Schulhausplatz", which is very close to the funicular station.
- Funiculars and cable car to Piz Nair - about 35 minutes.
>> I have read about the Brigenbad thermal baths in Brig … Can we get from Brig to the baths easily and would this be by bus?
Yes, you can get bus 511 from Brig railway station (direction: Saas-Fee, Busterminal) to the stop “Brigerbad, Thermalbad”. It departs half-hourly at -15 and -45 minutes past the hour and takes 20 minutes.
>> I am just wondering what this is like in January. It may sound rather silly, but there is little information on the website about visiting in Winter. I'm just looking at the practicalities of taking my clothes off and walking outside!
I’ve never been there, but apparently over half the facilities are open year round, and some facilities are indoors.
>> Do you need to take towels and bathrobes are are these provided?
You can rent towels. Bathrobes are for sale, or you can bring your own.
>> Obviously, good waterproof walking boots and thermal underwear will be the order of the day, but does anyone have any guidance of the clothes to wear. The trains presumably will be warm, but then we have to get off. I guess layering is the best option.
Yes, layering is the way to go. I have written about my preferred “winter wardrobe” in a previous post on Apr 26, 2017 - 4:59 AM on the following page:
You can plan your excursions with the Swiss Timetable, which covers trains, buses, boats and cable cars - use the advanced version:
Hope you and your husband have a wonderful and memorable trip!