Discover the highlights along the Road cycling Route Source Region Rhine: From the Lukmanierpass over the ‘beauty queen’ of the gorges to the Benedictine monastery in Disentis.
How dramatic. What elemental force. 300-meter high rock walls, dizzying depths. It’s not surprising that the Viamala inspired many poets and filmmakers. Be sure to climb down the 359 steps at the visitor center. And put John Knittel's novel "Via Mala" in your luggage.
The famous Graubünden specialty “Capun” is best served by Andreetta Schwarz. The landlady of the Old Post in Zillis won the gold medal at the Swiss Championship of Regional Products. Word of it got around quickly. Acclaimed chef Jamie Oliver was a student of hers. If you are lucky, you may get to take a look into her kitchen.
The name comes from Lucus magnus – “the big forest”. However, the Lukmanierpass isn’t really Alpine. No wonder, the pass lies at 1,915 meters above sea level and is accessible during winter. Enjoy the long descent with almost no curves down to the Surselva.
The imposing Benedictine monastery has towered above Disentis since the 13th century. Get off your bike modestly like a monk and pray for accident-free descents. Many young people from the lowlands know the enormous beautiful building very well. In boarding school, some had no end of playful whims in their heads.
Between Bonaduz and Ilanz, the Anterior Rhine formed the soft rock over millennia and created a gorge of incredible beauty and power. A narrow road meanders along the slope and reveals fantastic views after every bend. Nevertheless, never forget the oncoming traffic!