Thusis - Veia Traversina - Viamala Besucherzentrum

7.6 km
3:05 h
506 mhd
335 mhd
Traversinersteg II

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Aussicht auf den Findling und die Wildener Brücke

The Veia Traversina hike leads in the footsteps of the Romans from Thusis via Sils i.D. to the visitor centre in the Viamala Gorge: past the Ehrenfels Castle, the castle complex Hohe Rätien and the spectacular Traversinersteg.

Technique 2/6
Fitness 3/6
Highest Point  980 m
Lowest Point  668 m
Best Season
Thusis, train station
Viamala, Visitor Centre
46.698205, 9.440371



A visit to the castle complex Hohe Rätien should definitely be planned. The castle towers high above the entrance to the Viamala Gorge. Since time immemorial in the middle of the flow of traffic over the Alpine passes Splügen and San Bernardino, pilgrims, traders and muleteers passed by here. The Romans also occupied the strategically important plateau. The incomparable view over the Domleschg and the Heinzenberg and first insights into the Viamala are worth the detour. Only recently, an early Christian baptistery was discovered on High Raetia with an amazingly beautifully preserved baptismal font (5th century), the oldest north of the Alps to date. In recent years, it has been secured, restored and made visible to visitors with great effort. High Raetia is part of the UNESCO RhB-Albula Railway World Heritage Site.

From High Raetia the Veia Traversina continues to the Traversinersteg. The spectacular, almost 60-metre-long wooden suspension bridge – which also forms a staircase – is one of the highlights on the way to the visitor centre in the Viamala Gorge. The Traversinersteg overcomes a height difference of 22 m and lies about 70 m above the stream bed of the Traversinertobel.

This hike offers exciting insights into the former and current path and road construction through the legendary Viamala gorge: From the former mule path to the first commercial road to today's national road, which elegantly bypasses some of the dreaded passages inside the mountain.

In the heart of the Viamala Gorge, a staircase from 1903 leads directly from the visitor center down into the deep gorge. The play of colours of the water, the whirlpool pots and the rock formations leave a strong impression of natural beauty. The terrace of the visitor center invites you to linger and dream. The hike can then continue to Zillis or Andeer or return to Thusis via the "Lost Hole" hiking option. It is also possible to end the hike here and start the way home or the onward journey by PostBus.

Any hiking trail closures/restrictions or diversions can be found here.


Visit the castle area Hohen Rätien.


Sure-footedness and a head for heights are required.


Weatherproof clothing and suitable shoe with grippy sole.


Thusis - Silsi.D. - Ehrenfels Castle - High Rhaetia - St. Albin - Traversinersteg - Viamala Visitor Centre

The hike is signposted throughout as regional hiking route no. 50 and with brown signposts "viaSpluga".


Public Transport

Thusis, Rongellen and the Viamala Gorge Visitor Centre can be reached by PostBus. Further information on the timetable can be found on the SBB website:

Anreise Information

On the A13, take exit 22-Thusis-Süd.

Plan your journey to Thusis with the Google route planner.

Plan your journey to Sils i.D. with the Google route planner.


In Thusis or Sils i.D. there are various parking options:

Tip parking Thusis: Marktwiese
Tip parking Sils:
Palazzo at the municipal administration

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