50 Via Spluga
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The ViaSpluga is a culturally historic hiking path which taps the history of the region around the Splügenpass. This direct route from southern Germany to Lombardy has linked the fortunes of the Rhaeto-Romanic, Walser and Lombardy people since the Middle Ages.
The ViaSpluga runs from Thusis over the Splügelnpass to Chiavenna in Italy. For around 65 km it follows the former main trading route from Thusis into Domleschg in Graubunden.
Right at the start the trail negotiates the dramatic Viamala, the most famous gorge on the Splügen route. It then leads through Zillis and Andeer, passing villages on the Schamserberg until the inviting valley narrows at the difficult Roflaschlucht gorge. Along the sunny Rheinwald valley floor to the pass village of Splügen (1475 m). From here the route climbs south to the 2115 m Splügen summit and then descends through the gorge in Val Cardinello and forested Val San Giacomo to Chiavenna.
The route follows historic mule trails, with its most spectacular sections in the Viamala, Rofla and Val Cardinello. Despite its difficulties, the route has been popular since ancient times, already recorded in the Roman Empire’s list of arterial roads as it formed an almost dead-straight link between southern Germany and Lombardy.
Path and road construction, transport services and trading traffic, spiritual exchange and creative artistic power have influenced the picture of the landscape and settlements, as well as improving living standards and broadening horizons for local farmers. The church in Zillis with its world-famous Romanesque ceiling paintings forms the artistic highlight of this route, which links three Alpine linguistic and cultural regions.
The following packages are offered:
IndividualThe offers include various services such as overnight stays, luggage transport, packed lunches, various entrance fees, hiking map etc. We look forward to receiving your enquiry directly via the online shop or by telephone / e-mail.
Appropriate, weather-appropriate equipment is strongly recommended.
Zürich HB - Chur - Thusis
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Parking at Thusis railway station (fee-based).
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