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E-bike Kunkelspass (tour around the Calanda mountain range)

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  • Churer Rheintal mit Calanda und Kunkelspass
    Churer Rheintal mit Calanda und Kunkelspass
    Photo: Andrea Badrutt, Chur Tourismus
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The circular tour of the Calanda massif over the Kunkelspass is a real classic. The historic pass route also offers an impressive scenic experience.
moderate
Distance 58.2 km
4:45 h
995 m
995 m
1,358 m
515 m
You have to do this tour once. For many cyclists it is one of the annual highlights. You experience the mighty Calanda massif from all sides. And who would have thought that it looks so rugged and jagged from the back. The route is extremely varied with the enjoyable start along the Rhine route. Via a side road with little traffic, you reach Pfäfers, where you cross the impressive Tamina bridge that spans the gorge. A long path through the Tamina valley follows via Valens, past the Mapragg reservoir and via Vättis finally to the Kunkelspass. The Überruf mountain inn stands at the top of the pass and offers the ideal opportunity for refreshments before the descent via the Forstrasse, at the beginning through tunnels hewn into the rock, leads down towards Tamins. The way back from there again follows the Rhine back to the Alpine City of Chur.

The Kunkelspass connects the Tamina valley (SG) with the municipality of Tamins (GR). It lies between the steep walls of the Calanda in the east and the mountain group around the Ringelspitz in the west. The narrow road and the tunnel on the Tamins side with the panoramic openings in the tunnel wall were built during the First World War. The Kunkelspass also forms the eastern entrance to the geological wonderland of the Tectonic Arena Sardona. At the pass near the Überruf mountain restaurant there is a seminar room with information about the UNESCO World Heritage Site. A telescope offers the opportunity to have a close look at the Ringelspitz and the Glarus thrust or the demolition niche of the Tamins mountain fall.

The Calanda massif consists of the four peaks Haldensteiner Calanda (at 2,805m the highest), Felsberger Calanda, Taminser Calanda and Berger Calanda (above Untervaz).

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Michael Christ 
Update: March 22, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,358 m
Lowest point
515 m
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Rest stops

Berggasthaus Überuf Kunkelspass

Tips and hints

Outside Chur: Rental and service station in Chur with info lounge and useful accessories for on the road. T +41 81 252 27 53, www.outsidechur.com

Start

Station Chur (584 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'759'472E 1'191'254N
DD
46.853294, 9.529913
DMS
46°51'11.9"N 9°31'47.7"E
UTM
32T 540397 5188997
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Destination

Station Chur

Turn-by-turn directions

Von Chur aus folgt man der Rheinroute 2 bis nach Landquart. Dort überquert man den Rhein und folgt einer wenig befahrenen Bergstrasse nach Pfäfers, überquert die Taminaschlucht auf der eindrücklichen Taminabrücke und folgt dann der Mountainbikroute 482 bis zum Mapragg Staudamm. Dort verlässt man die Route und fährt auf der Strasse am See entlang. Nach dem See folgt man wieder der Route 482 über Vättis bis zum Kunkelspass und hinab nach Tamins, von wo aus man auf der Rheinroute 2 schliesslich wieder zurück in die Stadt Chur fährt.

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Chur train station is easily accessible by SBB (Swiss Federal Railways), Rhaetian Railways, Postbus or Chur Bus. 

Getting there

Motorway exit Chur Nord or Chur Süd and then drive to the city centre. 

Parking

At Chur railway station two multi-storey car parks are available (Otto & Alex / SBB Park & Rail). 

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'759'472E 1'191'254N
DD
46.853294, 9.529913
DMS
46°51'11.9"N 9°31'47.7"E
UTM
32T 540397 5188997
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
58.2 km
Duration
4:45 h
Ascent
995 m
Descent
995 m
Highest point
1,358 m
Lowest point
515 m
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