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Panoramic views of the Guggernüll and Einshorn and unique winter landscapes along the young Rhine await you in the Rheinwald if you take the circular trail between the Wakker Prize-winning village of Splügen and the hamlet of Medels.
Skating, Classic
moderate
Distance 8.1 km
2:00 h
53 m
45 m

Although the routes over the Splügen and San Bernardino passes were used by the Romans, the Rheinwald was only sparsely populated until the High Middle Ages. The Walsers settled here in the 13th century. Their language and culture continue to define the valley community to this day. In Splügen sun-browned Walser houses stand directly alongside Italianate stone palazzi. Due to this heritage, this old Bündner pass village is classified as a place of national importance, and Splügen was awarded the Wakker Prize in 1995.

The Medels circular trail begins at the cross-country skiing centre on the edge of the village. It leads along an open, uphill stretch to Medels. This small, scattered Settlement has fewer than 40 inhabitants. Originally used as an Alpine pasture by Romansh villagers from the Schams, Medels was also populated by the Walsers. From Medels, the trail leads down to the valley floor. After a short bend at the foot of the Guggernüll, it continues along the right-hand side of the Rhine, through a sparse forest and back to Splügen.

This thrilling cross-country route along the Hinterrhein, with views galore, almost didn’t exist: in the 1940s the people of the Rheinwald successfully opposed a dam project that would have meant a 700 metre-long, 150 metre-high dam wall being built over the ruins of Splügen Castle. If they had lost their fight, Splügen and the lower part of the farming village of Medels, including its church, would be underwater
today.

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,523 m
Lowest point
1,459 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Hotel Bodenhaus
Hotel Alte Herberge Weiss Kreuz
Hotel Walserhof

Tips and hints

Gästeinformation Viamala
Bodenplatz
CH-7435 Splügen
Tel.: +41 (0)81 650 90 30
E-Mail:
Internet: www.viamala.ch

 

Snow report:
https://snow.myswitzerland.com/schneebericht/Graubuenden/SpluegenRheinwald-84

 

Start

Splügen, Langlaufzentrum (1,461 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'743'855E 1'157'091N
DD
46.549631, 9.314486
DMS
46°32'58.7"N 9°18'52.1"E
UTM
32T 524109 5155166
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Destination

Splügen, Langlaufzentrum

Turn-by-turn directions

Splügen - Medels - Tamboboden - Splügen
The route is only signposted in one direction: Splügen–Medels–Tanzboden–Splügen.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Splügen and Medels are easy to reach by Postbus.

 

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'743'855E 1'157'091N
DD
46.549631, 9.314486
DMS
46°32'58.7"N 9°18'52.1"E
UTM
32T 524109 5155166
w3w 
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crosscountry skiing technique
Skating, Classic
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
8.1 km
Duration
2:00 h
Ascent
53 m
Descent
45 m
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