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Breathtaking Alps - by bike on the Graubünden Route

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Breathtaking Alps - by bike on the Graubünden Route

Bike Touring Collection by komoot

7

Tours

21:05 h

161 mi

17,625 ft

Allegra, Grüezi and Ciao. Do you fancy two unique adventures in one of the most beautiful regions of the Alps? Do you find strenuous climbs and fast descents fun? Then, the Graubünden Route is absolutely the right choice for you and invites you to discover Switzerland's largest canton on two wheels. On your way, you will meet friendly people who will greet you in Swiss German, Romansh or Italian, depending on the valley.

You will ride through tiny villages that have retained their centuries-old charm with their sgraffito-decorated facades. And last but not least, you will cross alpine passes that tower over 2,000 meters (6,500 feet) and experience breathtaking landscapes in pristine nature, that will keep your legs going up the hilly stages. You will be able to recharge your batteries along the way at the countless mineral springs. You can also stock up on spicy mountain cheese in the villages and relax in the evening with a glass of Graubünden wine.

Both routes start from the capital Chur in the Rhine Valley, a city tour between tradition and modernity. You can reach Chur easily by train and get to the middle of the mountains in no time.

From Chur you will ride along the Rhine as the wild river roars through the east of Switzerland. It's hard to imagine that, 750 miles (1200 kilometers) later, the river flows into the North Sea. The Graubünden route splits in Thusis. The choice is yours: ride up the 2315 meter (7595 feet)-high Albula Pass into the Engadin (tours 2a to 4a) and get to know the Romansh culture or conquer the 2067 meter (6781 feet)-high San Bernardino Pass (tours 2b to 4b) and experience la dolce vita in the Italian-speaking part of Graubünden?

Graubünden is still an insider tip for touring cyclists. The routes are consistently marked "Route 6" and very versatile. The infrastructure is excellent: in many places you will find inns, hotels and campsites. We recommend booking early as the cycling season is short in summer. Grisons is better known as a winter sports resort for a reason: according to a saying, "it has eight months of snow and four months of cold". You should bring warm clothes even in the summer as snowfall can never be completely excluded, especially over 2000 meters (6500 feet). If the weather in the usually sun-blessed Canton turns uncomfortable, you can hop between all the stages by bus or the Rhaetian Railway, the ride on the narrow-gauge railway is also a special experience.

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    Intermediate
    02:03
    16.5 mi
    8.0 mph
    950 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The two routes through Graubünden begin in the capital Chur, which you can easily reach by train. In the largest town in the canton people settled down 13,000 years ago. In addition to numerous historic buildings, Chur is surprisingly urban and modern. A warm and lively little town between the rivers Rhine and Plessur, surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Here it …

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  • Difficult
    02:54
    18.8 mi
    6.5 mph
    3,675 ft
    1,400 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    You have decided in Thusis for the trip to the beautiful Engadine. The plateau of the Bündner Inn valley lies at around 1700 meters altitude, which is why you already mastered some meters in altitude right at the beginning. The first bit is a bit exhausting and there is no bicycle lane on the road through the narrow Albula Valley. …

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  • Difficult
    03:52
    28.4 mi
    7.4 mph
    3,775 ft
    3,425 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today you can expect a breathtaking ride through a unique mountain world. Between the lush green of the steep meadows and forests, the Rhaetian Railway winds its way through the landscape with its bright red wagons. She accompanies you throughout the day. And because of the many vertical meters you will sometimes look a little jealous of the train.And …

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  • Difficult
    04:30
    32.8 mi
    7.3 mph
    2,950 ft
    4,375 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    On the last stage on the Engadine branch of the Graubünden route, new scenic impressions await you again. You follow the still young, wild Inn through the narrow Lower Engadine. Incidentally, Engadine is the Romansh name of the Inn Valley.Start is in Zernez, which is also called "the gateway to the National Park". In the National Park House you …

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  • Difficult
    02:37
    16.8 mi
    6.4 mph
    3,325 ft
    750 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This stage is not very long, but it goes steadily uphill. And in total over 1,000 meters in altitude. The majority of the route you drive on the main road, usually without bicycle lane, but due to the highway, which is hidden under and next to you in the mountain, the traffic is manageable.Immediately after Thusis we enter the …

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  • Difficult
    02:20
    17.2 mi
    7.4 mph
    2,150 ft
    1,650 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The next breathtaking stage will not be long in coming. Even today, you will experience unique mountain panoramas as you drive to the San Berardino Pass. Overall, you overcome today but significantly less altitude.From Splügen you could also drive to the Splügenpass, an equally important crossing of the Alps, but you continue to follow the Rhine upriver. The first …

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  • Intermediate
    02:50
    30.5 mi
    10.8 mph
    800 ft
    5,325 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Since you have already crossed the Alps, your calves enjoy the sheer endless descents on the last leg of the Graubünden route to Bellinzona. Just make sure your brakes are okay and that you keep taking breaks to shake your wrists so you do not cramp.Let's go to San Bernardino. You drive as yesterday on the main road, but …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    161 mi
  • Duration
    21:05 h
  • Elevation
    17,625 ft

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