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208 Val Russein

Mountainbiking • Graubuenden
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    Photo: Sedrun Disentis Tourismus
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    Photo: Sedrun Disentis Tourismus
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    Photo: Sedrun Disentis Tourismus
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    Photo: Sedrun Disentis Tourismus
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    Photo: Sedrun Disentis Tourismus
  • Alp Russein mit Tödi
    / Alp Russein mit Tödi
    Photo: Heidi Meier, Sedrun Disentis Tourismus
  • Stausee im Val Russein
    / Stausee im Val Russein
    Photo: Heidi Meier, Sedrun Disentis Tourismus
  • Talblick Val Russein
    / Talblick Val Russein
    Photo: Heidi Meier, Sedrun Disentis Tourismus
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Ausgiebige Tagestour durch typische Bündnerdörfer und ins einsame Val Russein.

45 km
5:00 h
1906 m
2009 m
all details
Grandiose circular tour high above the Surselva to the foot of the Tödi. From Disentis you experience the openness of the Surselva on the slopes on both sides before you enter the isolate Val Russein. You return along the Rhine to Disentis. From the starting point at the Disentis railway station you can see the hamlet of Cavardiras – enthroned high above the Surselva – from afar. Cavardiras is reached after a brief descent to the River Rhine followed by a first gentle climb. Once you get there, it's well worth enjoying the view up the valley to the Rhine source and down the valley to Montalin near Chur. After another descent along the Rhine, you cross the river and immediately embark on the climb via Cumpadials and Sumvitg to the Alp Dadens. The hamlet of Sogn Benedetg is home to the famous chapel designed by star architect Peter Zumthor. A must for everyone with an interest in architecture.

The ascent with a lot of hairpin bends slowly spirals upwards. And the higher above the bottom of the valley you get, the better the view of the Surselva becomes. Numerous stables, alpine farms and huts bear testimony to the intensive farming of the past centuries. The converted stables and alpine huts offering accommodation and holiday apartments on the Alp Dadens hint at a new approach to using alpine resources. Take in the far-reaching view one last time before embarking on the exciting descent in to the narrow Val Russein.

After the sun terraces of Sogn Benedetg and Alp Dadens, the trail follows the stream at the bottom of the valley, climbing steadily through the fascinating Val Russein. On both sides you look up at steep mountainsides. Just after the Punt Russein, bunkers disguised as chalets bear testimony to military buildings of the past century. At the Alp Russein da Trun, at an altitude of 1,810 metres, the route turns and initially you coast down on the same trail back the valley, before you ride along pretty trails, climbing slightly, back to the monastery village of Disentis.

Author's recommendation

Sedrun Disentis Tourismus
Via Acletta 2
CH-7180 Disentis/Mustér
Tel. +41 (0)81 920 40 30 User
Karin Vetsch
Updated: 2017-08-25

Difficulty difficult
1980 m
936 m
Best time of year

Round tour Round tour
With refreshment stops With refreshment stops
Cultural/historical value

Tips, hints and links

Sedrun Disentis Tourismus
Via Acletta 2
CH-7180 Disentis/Mustér
Tel. +41 (0)81 920 40 30



Kapelle Zumthor



Disentis (1136 m)
Geogr. 46.705170 N 8.855400 E
UTM 32T 488946 5172411




Wildlife refuge Val Murtès: Do not enter the nature reserve from 15.12 until 30.04.

Turn-by-turn directions

Start beim Bahnhof Disentis. Folgen Sie der Nebenstrasse (Unterführung der Bahngeleise der Rhätischen Bahn) Richtung Cavardiras bis nach Brulf, unten beim Rhein. Dem Rhein entlang bis Disla von dort auf einem Wanderweg bis Madernal. Aufwärts zur Kantonsstrasse, wir überqueren die Punt Gronda. Ab hier stetig aufwärts, vorbei am Stausee bis zur Alp Russein auf 1770 m.ü. M. Zurück auf selbem Weg bis zur Abzweigung Richtung Clavadi, wo der Weg Richtung Crest Ault wieder ansteigt. Weiter ab Crest Ault, im Wald auf einer Forststrasse entlang, dann die Waldgrenze hinter uns lassend, bis Punkt 1976. Nun abwärts auf dem Wanderweg zur Alp Dadens Sut, ab hier der Alpstrasse bis Sogn Benedetg. Weiter gehts runter nach Sumvitg und Cumpadials. Nach Cumpadials überqueren wir den Rhein und fahren weiter, wieder ansteigend, nach Pardomat bis Cavardiras. Letzte Abfahrt bis Brulf und letzter kurzer Aufstieg zurück nach Disentis.

Public transport:

By train, with the Rhätischen Bahn RhB (Fahrplanfeld 920) or with the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn MGB (Fahrplanfeld 143) until Disentis.

Getting there:

Auf der A13 bis Reichenau, anschliessend über die Kantonsstrasse Nr. 19 bis nach Disentis. Oder von Richtung Wallis oder Luzern kommend bis Andermatt, anschliessend über den Oberalppass bis nach Disentis.


Genügend freie Parkplätze an der Talstation von den Bergbahnen Disentis.

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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Difficulty difficult
Distance 45 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 1906 m
Descent 2009 m


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