Do you know that feeling when, after a long day hiking, you slip off your boots and sink into a comfortable hut bunk? When you look back with pride at the many miles you’ve mastered and find yourself feeling a little stronger than at the beginning, almost a little heroic, now that you have reached the end of your path? When you stand at the summit cross and wonder where this journey will take you?
These are all feelings that you can experience on long-distance hikes. That's why we, in the Grisons canton (also known as Graubünden), will never get enough of them. So that you can also enjoy this wonderful pleasure, we’d like to introduce you to three such enchanting paths in this Collection: the ViaSpluga, the Prättigau High Trail and the Senda Segantini. On each route, five breathtaking highlights await you, which are the focus of each hiking trail. But let's take it one step at a time.
The cultural-historical hiking trail of ViaSpluga leads from the Swiss town of Thusis to the Italian town of Chiavenna and brings you closer to the region’s past around the Splügen Pass. Over more than 68 kilometres (42 mi), you’ll follow in the footsteps of the muleteers and experience not only unique natural monuments such as gorges and passes, but also historic villages and lots of greenery. The highlights of the Tour are the Viamala Gorge, the painted ceiling in the Church of St. Martin, the Roffla Gorge, the village of Splügen and the Splügen Pass.
The Prättigau High Trail has so many fantastic views in store for you as you spend four days at lofty heights. On one side you can see the Rätikon mountains, while on the other side you can enjoy the spectacular views from above and below. This trail can be mastered without any previous alpine experience, but optional detours to higher peaks will make even experienced mountaineers’ hearts beat faster. Make sure you familiarise yourself with the respective route lengths in advance and secure a bed at the individual stage destinations. With a bed waiting, nothing will stand in the way of this adventure. The highlights of the Tour are the Jägglisch Horn, the Partnunsee, the Carschinahütte, the Cavelljoch and the Schesaplanahütte.
Finally, the unique Senda Segantini hiking route leads you in the footsteps of the Italian painter Giovanni Segantini (1858 - 1899). The great master of realistic symbolism found his adopted home in the villages of the Engadine and this route shows you why. Explore unique villages such as Savognin and Maloja and let yourself be lured in by the artist's creative spirit once again in the museums and exhibitions. The highlights of this Tour are the Atelier Segantini, the Segantini Museum, the Schafberg Hut, the Sala Segantini and the Segantini Stone.
Art, culture and panorama; every long-distance hiker will find what they are looking for here in the Grisons. No matter what brings you here, we’re ready to enchant you.
Stage 2 of the ViaSpluga takes you from yesterday's destination Andeer to the pretty pass village of Splügen. In order to get in the mood for the route, which is a good 14 kilometers long, it makes sense to pay a visit to the local history museum CasaStorica in Andeer. After all, a bit of history is part of long-distance hiking, isn't it?
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The journey begins on the Prättigauer Höhenweg in Klosters, the highest municipality in the Prättigau. Here you can look forward to more than 16 kilometers full of wonderful nature and grandiose views. In addition, when you arrive in the heart of Klosters, you can first choose between the ascent on foot and a relaxed ascent with the Madrisa cable car.
The journey begins in the footsteps of Giovanni Segantini in charming Savognin. First by train, then by bus, you can easily get here by public transport. Right at the beginning of the stage, the Sala Segantini, an art gallery dedicated to the great master, stands on the roadside and invites you to take a first round of art sniffing before you set off.