Etappe 3: Südflucht Graubünden
After the start in Pontresina up to the Bernina Pass you can enjoy fantastic views of the alpine glaciers and mountains of the Engadine. Then the trail trail follows this stage down to the Mediterranean village of Poschiavo. This section of the route is a classic. Still hungry for trails? Then do not finish the "Südflucht Graubünden" in Poschiavo, but enjoy an additional route via San Romerio to Tirano. From here you can take the Rhaetian Railway back to the Alpine town of Chur.
- 2 or 3 nights with breakfast in selected graubündenBIKE hotels
- 3 x Luggage transport
- 3 x graubündenPASS Bike
- Detailed tour description, maps and GPS data
The third day on the Südflucht starts with the ascent from Pontresina to the Bernina Pass – a scenic highlight of this three-day bike tour. On a single trail, the first meters of altitude are initially conquered with a pleasant incline. Again and again a fantastic view of the Morteratsch glacier and the pearly white Piz Palü is possible. The ascent up to the Bernina Pass usually leads via single trails, which are also easy to ride uphill. A few meters of sliding passages are still unavoidable. The route from the Bernina Pass to Poschiavo is a classic among mountain bike trails. It is considered one of the longest single trail runs in Graubünden and is now signposted as an official bike route (Route No. 673 – Bernina Express). From Alp Grüm, the trail crosses the railway line several times, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 1,230 meters later we roll to the spruced-up Piazza Poschiavos. Here there is already a visible Italian ambience, a perfect place for a coffee or already the lunch break. What is still pending is the return journey with the Rhaetian Railway on the Bernina/Albula line to Chur. Many areas seem familiar to us when we look out of the window. You can go back in quick succession – even if "fast" is not the right name for once. The Bernina Express is considered the slowest express train in the world...
Option to extend this stage via San Romerio to Tirano:
Fit mountain bikers do not finish the Southern Escape Tour in Poschiavo, but continue to Tirano. This additional route begins with the steep ascent to San Romerio. 900 metres of altitude difference have to be mastered on their own – here there is no Postbus available as an ascent aid for once. The effort is worth it. San Romerio with its impressively situated church is located on a rocky outcrop. From here the view extends over the whole Valposchiavo. The small inn comes as convenient for the refreshment. If you announce your visit, you will get hot food here, prepared on an open fire. For spontaneous visits, there are cold specialties of the region. The refreshment on San Romerio is necessary, as the long descent to Tirano is now due. On smugglers' paths, interrupted by short sections on forest roads, it goes further down across the border and after the village of Roncaiola steeply downhill through vines to Tirano. From here, the Rhaetian Railway brings the tired bikers back to the Alpine town of Chur.
Effective kilometers on the bike: 54 km.
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