Rhine Gorge: Ilanz- Versam to the observation deck 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 river bank 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 seen from April to July on the gravel banks on the riverbank and on the islands. During this time, the egg laying, incubation and feeding of the young takes place. But beware, human disturbance at this time endangers the brood.
On the slopes of the Rhine Gorge prosper coniferous forests with spruce, ferry and Erika in which even orchids grow. Since almost all orchid species are on the red list of endangered species, the Rhine Gorge include this and are protected. The most famous is the women's shoe and blooms in spring. We continue to the heart of the gorge Versam Station where up to 300 meters high sandstone walls pile up. This is the monumental highlight of the gorge.
In Versam we continue up the mountain from where it goes to the viewplatform Islabord. On foot for sporty or convenient by post bus we reach the viewing platform. The works of art by engineer Jürg Conzett, made of wood and concrete, offer great views of the Rhine Gorge. 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 post bus all day.
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