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50.01 Thusis - Andeer, ViaSpluga

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  • Bergdorf Andeer
    / Bergdorf Andeer
    Photo: Romedi Conradin, Graubünden Ferien - normierte Touren
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    Photo: Foto © Consorzio per la Promozione Turistica della Valchiavenna, Graubünden Ferien - normierte Touren
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    Photo: Foto © Mineralbad Andeer, Graubünden Ferien - normierte Touren
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    Photo: Foto © Yannick Andrea, Viamala Tourismus
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    Photo: Foto © Consorzio per la Promozione Turistica della Valchiavenna, Graubünden Ferien - normierte Touren
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    Photo: Foto © Yannick Andrea, Viamala Tourismus
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    Photo: Foto © Consorzio per la Promozione Turistica della Valchiavenna, Graubünden Ferien - normierte Touren
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    Photo: Foto © Viamala Tourismus, Graubünden Ferien - normierte Touren
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    Photo: Foto © Viamala Tourismus, Graubünden Ferien - normierte Touren
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    Photo: Foto © demateo ag, Graubünden Ferien - normierte Touren
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    Photo: Foto © Consorzio per la Promozione Turistica della Valchiavenna, Graubünden Ferien - normierte Touren
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    Photo: Foto © Consorzio per la Promozione Turistica della Valchiavenna, Graubünden Ferien - normierte Touren
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    Photo: Foto © Consorzio per la Promozione Turistica della Valchiavenna, Graubünden Ferien - normierte Touren
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    Photo: Foto © Viamala Tourismus, Graubünden Ferien - normierte Touren
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    Photo: Foto © Consorzio per la Promozione Turistica della Valchiavenna, Graubünden Ferien - normierte Touren
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    Photo: Foto © Viamala Tourismus, Graubünden Ferien - normierte Touren
  • Kirche Zillis
    / Kirche Zillis
    Photo: Viamala Toursimus
  • Kirche Zillis
    / Kirche Zillis
    Photo: Viamala Toursimus
  • Dorf Thusis
    / Dorf Thusis
    Photo: Viamala Toursimus
  • Dorf Andeer
    / Dorf Andeer
    Photo: Viamala Toursimus, Andeer mgi
  • Traversinersteg
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Map / 50.01 Thusis - Andeer, ViaSpluga
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Stage  one  of  the  viaSpluga,  the  65  km  long  classic cultural and  long-distance  hiking trail,  takes you from Thusis  through  the  legendary  Viamala  Gorge  to  Zillis and on to Andeer. The world famous, painted ceiling of the 12th century church in Zillis wows visitors from far and   wide.    Enjoy   the   rejuvenating   and   relaxing experience of the spa waters in Andeer.
moderate
17.5km
7:15
1,377 m
1,097 m
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 The  viaSpluga  is  a  cultural  and  long-distance  hiking trail in the central Alps which has linked the peoples of the  German,  Romansh,  French  and  Italian-speaking regions,   as   well   as   the   villages   of  Thusis   and Chiavenna. The viaSpluga mainly follows historic mule tracks,  whose  original  structures  have  largely  been preserved  or  restored.  The  viaSpluga  stretches  for a total distance of about 65 km.  

Stage 1 / Thusis - Zillis/Andeer: The route either takes us  via  the  Traversinersteg  footbridge  (mountain  trail) or  through  the  Lost  Hole  ("Verlorene  Loch",  a  longer section  of  the  route on  a tarmac-covered  road)  to  the famous  Viamala  Gorge.  The  hiking  trail  continues  via Reischen  to  Zillis.  The  12th  century  Church  of  St. Martin,  with  its  world  famous  ceiling,  is  well  worth  a visit.  Its  153  panels,  which  are  excellently  preserved, depict  the  life  of  Christ  and  a  wealth  of  medieval magery.  If  you  have  a  room  booked  in  Andeer,  the route  continues through the  dreamy villages  of  Donat and Clugin to the well-known spa town of Andeer. 

Author's recommendation

Weather  permitting,  walk  along  the  Veia  Traversina route. Be sure to visit the sights at the Viamala Gorge and  the  Church  of  St.  Martin  in  Zillis,  and  enjoy  the benefits of the spas in Andeer. If you arrive in Andeer on  a  Tuesday  or  Wednesday,  visit  the  Casa  Storica. Erwin  Dirnberger  gives  historic  guided  tours  of  hishouse  on  Tuesday.  Booking  required,  Tel.  +41  (0)81 650 90 30. You can visit the exhibition on Wednesday evenings, no booking required. 
outdooractive.com User
Author
Romedi Conradin
Updated: 2017-05-19

Difficulty moderate
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1,100 m
674 m
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With refreshment stops With refreshment stops
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Nice views
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Safety information

The  viaSpluga  is  a  mountain  hiking  trail.  You need to be  sure-footed  and  have  a  good  head  for  heights (bridges)  along  some  sections.

Equipment

Appropriate,  weather-proof equipment is strongly recommende

Tips, hints and links

Viamala Visitor Information
Bodenplatz
7435 Splügen 
Tel. +41 (0)81 650 90 30 
info@viamala.ch 
www.viamala.ch

Start

Thusis, railway station (702 m)
Coordinates:
Geogr. 46.698446 N 9.440165 E
UTM 32T 533651 5171748

Destination

Zillis, village or Andeer, village

Turn-by-turn directions

 The  viaSpluga  is  marked  throughout  from  Thusis  to Chiavenna  as  regional  hiking  trail  No.  50,  as  well as with brown viaSpluga signposts. 

Stage 1: Thusis/Sils i.D. – Zillis/Andeer. Since  summer  2005,  there  have  been  two  Viamala routes  available  for  the  first  stage  of  the  viaSpluga. One,    which    takes   you    through   the    Lost    Hole ("Verlorene Loch"), is very varied and is not particularly difficult.  However,  it  is  important  to  mention  that it runs     along     the     old     trading     route     ("Alte Kommerzialstrasse")   and   the   road   has   a   tarmac surface.  The  main  route,  which  is known  as  the  "Veia Traversina",  runs  from  Sils  i.D.  via Hohenrätien  Castle and  the  new  Traversinersteg  (suspended  footbridge) into the Viamala Gorge. It is of great historic interest, although  it  is  considerably  more  challenging  that  the "Verlorenes   Loch"   option.   At   the   Viamala   Visitors Centre, the trail continues along the road up the Rhine for  250  m,  before veering  off  to  the  left.  You  then proceed   along  stone   steps  to  the  Posterior   Rhine (Hinterrhein).  After  crossing  the  Punt  da  Suransuns continue along the right side of the Rhine to the Val da Bargias  streamlet.  The  trail  then  carries  on  left  to Reischen.  At  the  end  of  the  road,  take  the  woodlandpath  to  the  Cultira  Dafora  hill.  You  later  proceed to Reischen  and  Zillis  via  the  old  wooden  bridge.  The route  continues  from  here  to  Andeer  via  Donat  and Clugin. 

Public transport:

By train to Thusis, railway station  
www.rhb.ch
www.postauto.ch (Switzerland)

Getting there:

Southbound  on  the  A13/E43,  in  the  direction  of  San Bernardino, "Thusis Süd" exit. Northbound on the A13/E43,  in the direction of Chur "Thusis Süd" exit. 

Parking:

Thusis:   Various   public   parking   facilities   near   the railway  station,  pay  to  use  (including  an  indoor  car park).  Please take note of the  different  restrictions  on how long you can park for!

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Difficulty moderate
Distance 17.5 km
Duration 7:15 hrs
Ascent 1,377 m
Descent 1,097 m

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Nice views With refreshment stops

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