50.01 Thusis - Andeer, viaSpluga
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The viaSpluga is a cultural and long-distance hiking trail in the central Alps which has linked the peoples of the German, Romansh, French and Italian-speaking regions, as well as the villages of Thusis and Chiavenna. The viaSpluga mainly follows historic mule tracks, whose original structures have largely been preserved or restored. The viaSpluga stretches for a total distance of about 65 km.
Stage 1 / Thusis - Zillis/Andeer: The route either takes us via the Traversinersteg footbridge (mountain trail) or through the Lost Hole ("Verlorene Loch", a longer section of the route on a tarmac-covered road) to the famous Viamala Gorge. The hiking trail continues via Reischen to Zillis. The 12th century Church of St. Martin, with its world famous ceiling, is well worth a visit. Its 153 panels, which are excellently preserved, depict the life of Christ and a wealth of medieval magery. If you have a room booked in Andeer, the route continues through the dreamy villages of Donat and Clugin to the well-known spa town of Andeer.
Newly designed trail markers
Everyone knows them: the white-red-and-white trail markers that show hikers that way. From September 2017, five of these look a little different on this trail. Artist Stefan Rüesch has set his hand, or rather his brush, to these and made these signs live up to the beauty of the surrounding nature. True to the motto: Every spot a masterpiece.
Find those newly designed trail markers by clicking on the map above.
The viaSpluga is marked throughout from Thusis to Chiavenna as regional hiking trail No. 50, as well as with brown viaSpluga signposts.
Stage 1: Thusis/Sils i.D. – Zillis/Andeer. Since summer 2005, there have been two Viamala routes available for the first stage of the viaSpluga. One, which takes you through the Lost Hole ("Verlorene Loch"), is very varied and is not particularly difficult. However, it is important to mention that it runs along the old trading route ("Alte Kommerzialstrasse") and the road has a tarmac surface. The main route, which is known as the "Veia Traversina", runs from Sils i.D. via Hohenrätien Castle and the new Traversinersteg (suspended footbridge) into the Viamala Gorge. It is of great historic interest, although it is considerably more challenging that the "Verlorenes Loch" option. At the Viamala Visitors Centre, the trail continues along the road up the Rhine for 250 m, before veering off to the left. You then proceed along stone steps to the Posterior Rhine (Hinterrhein). After crossing the Punt da Suransuns continue along the right side of the Rhine to the Val da Bargias streamlet. The trail then carries on left to Reischen. At the end of the road, take the woodlandpath to the Cultira Dafora hill. You later proceed to Reischen and Zillis via the old wooden bridge. The route continues from here to Andeer via Donat and Clugin.
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