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  • Churer Rheinroute 501, Pardislabrücke Haldenstein-Chur
    / Churer Rheinroute 501, Pardislabrücke Haldenstein-Chur
    Photo: Armin Bearth, Tiefbauamt Graubünden
  • / Übergang Maschänser Rüfe
    Photo: Armin Bearth, Tiefbauamt Graubünden
  • / Trimmiser Mittelweg
    Photo: Armin Bearth, Tiefbauamt Graubünden
  • / Trimmiser Mittelweg
    Photo: Armin Bearth, Tiefbauamt Graubünden
  • / Churer Rheinroute 501, Pardislabrücke Haldenstein-Chur
    Photo: Armin Bearth, Tiefbauamt Graubünden
  • / Italienische Brücke in Chur
    Photo: Armin Bearth, Tiefbauamt Graubünden
  • / Fünf Dörfer/Rheintal und Alpenstadt Chur aus der Vogelperspektive
    Photo: Michael Christ, Chur - Die Alpenstadt
  • / Altstadt Chur
    Photo: Michael Christ, Chur - Die Alpenstadt
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Nothing but wine and water: on this circular route, you will discover the winegrowing villages between Chur and Landquart. The return journey takes place on the popular Rhine route and along the regional rivers Landquart and Plessur.
moderate
Distance 38.8 km
2:40 h
191 m
191 m
655 m
519 m
This varied loop tour begins in the middle of the Graubünden capital. But the busy city life is soon left far behind, because the route takes you on a tranquil neighbourhood road into nature. You cross the Fürstenwald, a popular local recreation area with views of the city and the Calanda. The historic Trimmiser Mittelweg then takes you through open pastures to the village of Trimmis. The route follows the "Bündner Rheintal Wine Trail" on several sections. Accordingly, it provides an insight into the local winegrowing culture. This has a long tradition as first mentions go back to the year 765. The Graubünden Rhine valley winegrowing region stretches from Bonaduz to Fläsch and covers around 420 hectares. Thanks to the mild climate and the foehn, the grapes thrive magnificently in the calcareous soils - especially the typical Blauburgunder variety.

 

Past the imposing, former moated castle of Marschlins, the route follows the Landquart river to the village of the same name. The Landquart has its source above Klosters, flows through the Prättigau valley and finally into the Rhine at Landquart. Here you return on the popular cycling route no. 2, the Rhine route. From Zizers, the path repeatedly follows the young Alpine Rhine. This has its source at the Oberalp pass as the Vorderrhein and at Rheinwald as the Hinterrhein. At Reichenau-Tamins, the two main arms join to form the Rhine. Switzerland’s largest river flows for a total of 1230 kilometres via Lake Constance through Germany, on to Holland, and into the North Sea.

 

At Haldenstein, you cross to the other river bank. At the level of the town of Chur, the cycle path crosses the Rhine again on the Pardisla bridge which was built especially for cyclists and pedestrians. Shortly afterwards you reach another regional river: the Plessur has its source in the mountainous area between Arosa and Lenzerheide, flows past Arosa through the Schanfigg valley and into the Rhine at Chur. The route follows the river, and over the arched bicycle and pedestrian bridge, built in 2020, you finally dive right into the centre of Chur with its picturesque, car-free old town. Before returning to the station, you can stop at one of the numerous restaurants with sun terraces. The tour comes to a leisurely end in the unique ambience of Switzerland's oldest city.

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Michael Christ 
Update: August 20, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
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Landscape
Highest point
655 m
Lowest point
519 m
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Rest stops

Hotel Sportcenter 5-Dörfer
Landquart Fashion Outlet
Chur Old Town
Café Bäckerei Signer
Café Arcas

Start

Chur railway station (584 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'759'475E 1'191'263N
DD
46.853374, 9.529960
DMS
46°51'12.1"N 9°31'47.9"E
UTM
32T 540400 5189006
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Destination

Chur railway station

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

  • Start at railway station in Chur or Landquart

Getting there

  • On the motorway to Chur or Landuqart
  • Start at railway station in Chur or Landquart

Parking

  • Park & Ride at railway station in Chur or Landquart

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'759'475E 1'191'263N
DD
46.853374, 9.529960
DMS
46°51'12.1"N 9°31'47.9"E
UTM
32T 540400 5189006
w3w 
///reported.unfolds.crusher
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
38.8 km
Duration
2:40 h
Ascent
191 m
Descent
191 m
Highest point
655 m
Lowest point
519 m
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