Rheinschlucht: Ilanz- Versam zur Aussichtsplattform Islabord
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Along the Vorderrhein, the hike runs through a floodplain landscape of national importance. The "Swiss Grand Canyon" offers an unforgettable fauna and flora. These include the highly endangered bird species of the river plover and the riverbank runner which are native to the Rhine Gorge. Of these, only 80 to 120 pairs of both species breed in Switzerland. Half of them live in the canton of Graubünden. They are best observed from April to July on the gravel banks on the riverbanks and on the islands. During this time, egg laying, incubation and feeding of the young take place. But be careful, human disturbance during this time endangers the brood.
On the slopes of the Rheinschlucht thrive coniferous forests with spruces, ferries and erika in which even orchids grow. Since almost all orchid species can be found on the red list of endangered species, those of the Rheinschlucht are also included and are protected. The most famous is the Lady's Slipper and blooms in spring. Continue into the heart of the gorge Versam Station where sandstone walls up to 300 meters high pile up. This is the monumental highlight of the gorge.
In Versam we continue up the mountain from where it goes to the viewing platform Islabord. On foot for sporty or comfortably with the Postbus we reach the viewing platform. The works of art created from wood and concrete by engineer Jürg Conzett allow great insights and depth into the Rheinschlucht. The observation deck can be reached on foot from Versam village in a few minutes. The platform is accessible from May to October.
R(h)in and out with the Ruinaulta Ticket: With the Ruinaulta Ticket you can travel through the Rhine Gorge as often as you like by train and postbus throughout the day.
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About Ilanz Bahnhofstrasse 25
Phone: 0041 81 920 11 05
From Chur, Ilanz station is easily accessible with an idyllic ride through the Rhine Gorge. The hike can be shortened as desired with the Rhaetian Railway. The exact connections can be found on the SBB website: www.sbb.ch
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