Rheinschlucht: Ilanz- Versam zur Aussichtsplattform Islabord

12.9 km
3:50 h
278 mhd
151 mhd
Sommer Rheinschlucht
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The Rhine Gorge is known as the "Grand Canyon" of Switzerland. It offers an unforgettable insight into the fauna and flora of the historic landslide. At the destination, a breathtaking view awaits you from the observation deck Islabord.

Technique 2/6
Fitness 4/6
Highest Point  832 m
Lowest Point  635 m
Best Season
Observation deck Islabord in Versam
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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 little plover and the sandpiper, 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 period, 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 Rhine Gorge , coniferous forests thrive with spruce, 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 Rhine Gorge 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 to Versam Station , where sandstone walls up to 300 meters high tower up. This is the monumental highlight of the gorge.

In Versam we continue up the mountain, from where we go to the Islabord viewing platform . On foot for sporty or comfortably by post bus we reach the viewing platform. The works of art made of wood and concrete by engineer Jürg Conzett provide great insights into and deep views of the Rhine Gorge. The viewing platform can be reached on foot from Versam village in a few minutes. The platform is accessible from May to October.

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 post bus throughout the day.


Make your way from Versam to the observation deck on foot. On this occasion you will always get new perspectives into the Rhine Gorge that you can enjoy.


In uncertain weather conditions, the tour should not be started. Weather changes in the mountains are frequent. If a rain front or similar comes up during the hike, you should turn back in time.


Good hiking shoes with a good profile or trekking shoes, weather-appropriate clothing (rain jacket/sun protection), drink, ev. Meals, ev. Hiking poles.


Ilanz (station) - Castrisch - Valendas Station - Versam Station - Trin Station - Reichenau-Tamins (train station)


Public Transport

From Chur, Ilanz train station is easily accessible with an idyllic ride through the Rhine Gorge. The hike can be shortened at will with the Rhaetian Railway. The exact connections can be found on the SBB website: www.sbb.ch

Anreise Information

Ilanz can be reached from both Chur and Disentis/Mustér via Route 19.


Directly at the train station in Ilanz there is a large paid parking lot. There is another smaller parking lot at the train station in Castrisch (also for a fee).

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