The Viamala region in the heart of the Grisons is a hiking paradise: deep gorges, legendary castle ruins, historic trade routes and heavenly mountains. The Viamala’s magnificent nature, as well as spacious hiking trails, cozy mountain inns and rustic Beizlis restaurants serving Swiss delicacies await.
With lakes, peaks and valleys, Viamala doesn’t only have unique nature, it also has an eventful history. During the Roman era, an important trade route connecting southern Germany and Italy ran through the area. Over the centuries, picturesque villages, mighty castles, and stately homes were built along the route. In this Collection, we present 12 of the most beautiful hikes in the Viamala. Ten routes are day Tours of varying difficulty and length whilst two – Via Capricorn and the Via Spluga – are short multi-day hikes lasting several days.
You will come across bodies of water again and again in the Viamala in the form of crystal-clear lakes like the Suretta Lakes and gushing mountain streams like the Hinterrhein which flows spectacularly through the Viamala Gorge. In the Beverin Nature Park, you encounter a wild ibex colony and reach the 3,000-metre (9,842 feet) mark on the striking Piz Beverin mountain. In Domleschg municipality, you roam through orchards to old castles and sunny farming villages like Feldis. In addition, you can enjoy wide panoramic views from the Graubündenstein and the many passes such as the Glas Pass or Splügen Pass.
You can reach the starting points of the individual Tours by bus, cable car or car. You will find more detailed information in the respective Tour descriptions. You can divide the two multi-day Tours as you like – there are suggestions for overnight accommodation in the description.
Whether a simple circular with your family, a challenging summit Tour or a multi-day hiking adventure – the trails in the Viamala will make your heart beat faster.
This demanding mountain hike, especially in the last part, takes you from the village of Hinterrhein to the area of origin of the Hinterrhein. The nature at the head of the valley near Hinterrhein, where your hike starts, is remote and original.You can either travel by car or by bus. At first it goes flat along the water over the tank firing range of the Swiss Army. Please inquire about the shooting times before the tour, there is usually no operation on the weekends (+41 (0) 58 482 11 11).After you have left the square behind you, the idyllic part of the route begins: you hike along the valley flank on narrow paths and enjoy fantastic views of mighty three-thousand-meter peaks such as the Zapporthorn or the Rheinquellhorn. The closer you get to the source area of the Hinterrhein, the steeper the path becomes.After ten kilometers, the rustic Zapporthütte appears in front of you, which is hosted in the summer months. If you want, you can spend the night in this unique setting. Otherwise, after a well-earned refreshment, you hike back to the starting point on the same path.
The starting point for this varied circular hike is the pass village of Splügen. Since Splügen is on the A13, it is very easy to get there by car or bus. At the beginning you leave the traditional Walser houses behind and cross the Hinterrhein. You are already making up the first few meters and climb through the Fugschtwald to the Franzisch Grind, a vantage point at the tree line.After a good four kilometers you will reach a small stream where you turn left. A narrow path leads you through an alpine landscape to the two Suretta lakes, which glitter deep blue in the sun. On the shores of the Ober Suretta lake you will find an unmanaged hut, where you can take a break at the warming outer wall. Or you can take a rowboat on the lake.Then you leave the high plateau in the middle of the stony mountains and hike back to the crossroads. You cross the Splügenpassstrasse at Bodmastafel and then follow the well-known Via Spluga. You go back to Splügen through beautiful forests along the Hüscherabach - a stop or an overnight stay in this picturesque village is the perfect end to this hike.
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The Piz Beverin is one of the most distinctive and at the same time best-known panoramic mountains in Graubünden. This demanding tour with mountain climbing passages rewards you with wide views from the 2,997 meter high summit. You start in Mathon, which you can reach by bus or car. Right at the beginning there is a crisp uphill through a forest, then the path becomes a little flatter.At Alp Tumpriv you will come across a network of clear mountain streams that invite you to cool off. The path then curves uphill. At the crossroads, keep to the left and climb to the Beverin Lücke, which you need to be sure-footed and a head for heights to walk. Over the rocky ridge you finally climb the summit of Piz Beverin, which offers an impressive panorama due to its advanced location in the Adula Alps.The descent route leads over a narrow path and an eight meter high ladder to Beverin Pintg. In a zigzag it goes back to the crossroads, where you turn onto the familiar path to Alp Tumpriv. Once in Mathon, you can stop off at the Muntsulej restaurant before heading home.
This promising hike leads from Obertschappina over the Glaspass and past three small mountain lakes to Flerden. The starting point is at the bus stop at the Reformed Church. On the old Glaserweg you hike through forest and meadow areas to the Glaspass at 1,846 meters.Surrounded by colorful alpine meadows, you continue to Lüschalp, which invites you to take a break with homemade cake. With new strength in your calves, you follow the alpine path to the Bischolpass. There you will find the Bischolsee, which is under nature protection, and the Pascuminersee, in whose crystal clear water you can swim a lap.Then it goes down into the valley and in Oberurmein you will meet the Patrutgsee, the third lake of this hike. Now you take the last section under your feet and walk to Flerden. From there you can take the bus back to Obertschappina in a relaxed manner.
This hike, too, starts like the tour on Piz Beverin in the village of Mathon, but in comparison it is easy to walk and less than eight kilometers long. From the Postplatz, a steep hiking trail leads you through a forest to the Mursenas mountain hut.As you hike up, more and more of the impressive Piz Beverin appears in front of you - the sight of it accompanies you through species-rich dry meadows and pastures. From Mursenas you walk to the idyllic Libi Lake, the water level of which varies depending on the season. Embedded in a picturesque landscape there is a rest area on the shore of the lake where you can rest your feet.Before you dive into the forest one more time, you can look forward to wide valley views. Your destination is the mountain village of Lohn, where the “sound forest” is the next highlight awaiting you. After you have strengthened yourself in one of the two inns, you will take the bus back to Mathon.
A rich flora and glittering mountain lakes make the Feldis highlands, the area around the Dreibündenstein, so special. The sun-drenched Feldis is the starting point of this round tour - you can reach the village by bus, car or cable car. At the beginning you walk past traditional wooden facades up to Plaun Graund, a lake surrounded by tall trees.The steeper path then continues up to Alp da Veulden, a small settlement. The view of the Chur Rhine Valley and the peaks of the Calanda massif is really fantastic. But it's not just worth looking into the distance, it's also worth taking a look at the meadows: the Feldis highlands are home to rare and colorful alpine flora.At 2,166 meters you will then reach the Dreibündenstein, which marks the border point of the former three Rhaetian leagues. From the summit you can see the mountains over Arosa, Lenzerheide and the tectonic arena Sardona. On the descent back into the valley you will pass the Alp dil Plaun, which is definitely worth a stop.With a view of Domleschg, Heinzenberg and the mighty Piz Beverin you get back to Feldis. During the operating hours of the Feldis-Mutta chairlift, you can shorten the descent with a chairlift ride.
This simple circular hike keeps what it promises: enchanting panoramic views over the mountains of Graubünden with the majestic Piz Beverin, the Tödi and the Calanda group. The flat paths are ideal for a trip with the whole family.The chairlift takes you from Feldis to unimagined heights near Mutta at over 2,000 meters. From there you can take a leisurely stroll across the picturesque alpine meadows of Alp Ragutta and turn right at the Feldiser Ski Hut. Along the edge of the forest you reach the managed Alp dil Plaun, which is perfect for a break.Then it goes gently uphill in an arc, the view gets better and better. You walk past wet meadows to Alp da Veulden, a small settlement with a view of the Rhine Valley. Back to Feldis you take the chairlift again or you extend the wonderful hike and descend on foot.
This wonderful tour is a real insider tip and takes you into untouched nature: The starting point is in Avers-Cresta, which is at an altitude of 1,960 meters. You can either travel by bus or car. Before you start the ascent up to the Bandseen, it is worth taking a detour to the Juferrhein, which is looking for its way through a rocky valley.On the way to the river bank you will also pass the impressively situated church of Avers-Cresta - like a white monolith it lies away from the village in the middle of a wonderful landscape. From the upper exit of the village you then climb in an easterly direction. Above the Malegga creek, the curved path continues uphill.At over 2,200 meters, the stream takes a curve towards Tälifurgga, but you follow the path markings in the opposite direction. You can already see the shimmering Upper Bandsee, which is bordered by a rocky environment. You can rest on the bank, enjoy the silence and cool your feet in the water. The way back to Avers-Cresta is the same.
The Alte Averserstrasse between Rofflaschlucht and Juf is a historic traffic route that was built in 1895 and made accessible again in recent years. It starts in the quaint village of Avers-Cresta with its reformed church, which is well worth seeing. Walk a bit along the new Averserstrasse until you turn left to the Juferrhein.On a romantic stone bridge you cross the mountain stream and then hike through the forest. The Alte Averserstrasse leads steadily gently downhill and you come across the new road several times that runs through the high valley. Along the Avers Rhine you will pass traditional settlements with Walser houses, some of which are over 400 years old.At Innerferrera, the Avers Rhine is dammed and you pass a power station. In Ausserferrera you reach your destination after 16 kilometers and after a stop at Gasthaus Edelweiss you take the bus back to Avers-Cresta.
This hike takes you through one of the most beautiful valleys in Graubünden - the Domleschg. Characterized by the Hinterrhein, it is known for its mild climate and the more than 20 castles and ruins. You start at the bus stop in Scharans and walk on flat paths to Almens with its two churches. At the exit of the village, the view of the Neu-Süns castle ruins becomes clear, which you can pay a visit.Past the blue Canovasee, where you can cool off, you walk to the village of Paspels. Here, too, you will encounter remains of the eventful past of the Domleschgtal: the ruins of Alt-Süns from the 12th century and the romantic Paspels Castle. Tomils is the last village in the fertile plain that you pass before you go uphill to Scheid.In a zigzag you hike alternately through shady wooded areas and across meadows with great views. After 15 kilometers you will finally reach the sun-drenched Feldis with its famous Walser houses. From here you either take the post bus or the Rhäzüns-Feldis cable car back into the valley.
The Via Capricorn circular tour brings you very close to the heraldic animal of the canton of Graubünden: In three daily stages you hike through an untouched, alpine mountain landscape in which an ibex colony with around 350 animals lives. Surefootedness and alpine experience are required to walk this long-distance hiking trail.The starting point is in beautiful Wergenstein, which you can reach by bus or car. The first stage brings you to panoramic heights right from the start: You hike on steadily rising paths through the rocky nature of the Beverin Nature Park.Special views await you on the Tguma and on the 2,605 meter high Carnusapass before you descend to the first stage destination, the Glaspass. From July to the end of October, the Alpin Beverin bus runs from Wergenstein to Alp Anarosa on weekends - so you can shorten the first stage a little (busalpin.ch).On the second stage, which is the shortest of the Via Capricorn, you hike from the Glaspass through an idyllic Walser cultural landscape down to Safien Platz. In the village of Camana you can visit the local museum and spend the night in the mountain inn Turrahus.On the third day there are another few vertical meters on the program: From the Turrahus you climb steeply to the Farcletta observation point, from where you have a very good chance of observing the imposing ibex in the wild. From the 2,659 meter high summit, the Via Capricorn leads you down to the shimmering mountain lake Lai Grand and after a total of 49 kilometers you are back at the starting point in Wergenstein.You can also find the individual stages here: komoot.de/collection/1120888/-via-capricorn-wanderparadies-viamala
On the cross-border Via Spluga you hike in four stages on the trail of the varied history and culture of the area around the Splügen Pass. Already in the Middle Ages - on the direct trade route from southern Germany to Lombardy - the fates of the Rhaeto-Romans, Walser and Lombards met each other.The 70-kilometer long-distance hiking trail starts in the historic town of Thusis in Switzerland. From there it goes along the banks of the Hinterrhein to the impressive Viamala Gorge, the rock walls of which are up to 300 meters high. Through the place Reischen with its two castle ruins and through shady forests you hike to Zillis, where you spend the night.The highlight of the second stage is the impassable Roffla Gorge, which is wild and untamed. You also cross rustic Walser villages and finally reach your second stage destination in the pass village of Splügen.The route continues along the Hüscherabach from Splügen up to the Splügen Pass, over which the border with Italy runs. From the 2,115 meter high pass you come to the shores of the turquoise Lago di Monte Spluga on old mule tracks. Then the wildly romantic and notorious Cardinello Gorge awaits you before you move into your night quarters in Isola.On the last stage of the Via Spluga, you march accompanied by the Liro River through the green Val San Giacomo. You pass picturesque villages with a Mediterranean flair and finally arrive in beautiful Chiavenna. There you will not only find historical buildings and museums worth seeing, but also a connection to the Italian rail network.You can also find the individual stages here: komoot.de/collection/1120889/-via-spluga-wanderparadies-viamala