Thusis - Veia Traversina - Viamala Visitor Centre

7.6 km
3:15 h
506 mhd
335 mhd
Traversinersteg II
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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 Burg Ehrenfels, the Castle complex Hohen Rätien and the spectacular Traversinersteg.


Technique 2/6
Fitness 3/6
Highest Point  980 m
Lowest Point  668 m
Best Season

Start Thusis, train station
Destination Viamala, Visitor Centre
Coordinates 46.698205, 9.440371


A visit to the castle complex Of High Rätien should be planned. The castle towers high above the entrance to Viamala Gorge. Since time immemorial in the middle of the traffic flow over the Alpine passes Splügen and San Bernardino, pilgrims, merchants and hemlocks came by here. The Romans also occupied the strategically important plateau. The incomparable view over the Domleschg and the Heinzenberg and first glimpses of the Viamala are worth the detour. Recently, an early Christian Baptistery with an astonishingly beautifully preserved baptismal font (5th century), the oldest north of the Alps, was discovered on High Rätien. It has been secured, restored and made visible to visitors with great effort in recent years. High Rätien is a UNESCO RhB-Albula Railway World Heritage Site.

From High Rätien, the Veia Traversina continues to the Traversinersteg. The spectacular, almost 60 m 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 creek bed of the Traversinertobel.

This hike offers exciting insights into the former and present road construction through the legendary Viamala Gorge: from the former Säumerweg via the first commercial road to today's national road, which elegantly bypasses some of the dreaded passages in the interior of the mountain.

In the heart of the Viamala Gorge, a stairway from 1903 leads down to the deep gorge directly from the visitor centre. The play of colours of the water, the strudel pots and the rock formations leave a strong impression of natural beauty. The terrace of the visitor centre invites you to linger and dream. Afterwards, the hike can continue to Zillis or Andeer or via the hiking variant "Lost Hole" back to Thusis. It is also possible to finish the hike here and start the way home or continue with the PostBus.



Visit the Castle Valley of High Rhaetia.


Sure-footedness and a head for heights are required.


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".

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