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Distance 13 km
3:00 h
565 m
566 m
1,230 m
929 m
Our hike begins at the spa resort of Andeer, 982 metres above sea level. Heading west from the village over the covered Rhine bridge, we reach the left side of the river, where the trail takes a right angle northwards past Pro Larm into the village of Clugin, 1013 metres above sea level. While here, don't miss the idyllically situated church with its frescoes in the choir section. Now we head southwest and reach the mighty ruins of Cagliatscha Castle, where the path turns north again. Via Plans, Pt. 1102, we arrive in the village of Donath, 1033 metres above sea level. At the exit from the village, we follow the road a little further, where a footbath branches off before the Ual da Suden stream and continue along this towards the road leading from Zillis. Once we cross the Rhine bridge we are already in Zillis, the village famed around the world for the Roman painted ceiling in the church of St. Martin.

A visit to the church, the village museum and the church museum are a must, making our hike a complete experience.

At the southern exit from the village we follow the local road a little to the district of Mulegn, 977 metres above sea level, where we take a footpath which leads to the pretty village of Pignia 1049 metres up via Pt. 1016 or 1034. After crossing the stream at the south end of the village, we ramble pleasantly back to our starting point of Andeer.
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Update: February 27, 2014
Highest point
1,230 m
Lowest point
929 m
Best time of year

Tips and hints

St. Martin in Zillis: For detailed, expert descriptions of this reformed church, art fans should consult relevant literature, e.g. the illustrated guide “Art and Culture in Graubünden”. Visitors can also obtain plenty of information in the church museum in the post office and community buildings. Just for starters: the church is famed for the Roman painted ceiling consisting of 153 fields, which is considered a unique, world-famous art and cultural landmark. It is the oldest fully preserved wooden ceiling (from around 1160 AD) in the Western world.


2'751'962E 1'163'202N
46.602792, 9.422178
46°36'10.1"N 9°25'19.8"E
32T 532333 5161112

Turn-by-turn directions

Andeer – Clugin – Burgruine Cagliatscha – Plans – Donath – Zillis – Pignia – Andeer


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Public transport

Getting there: By PostBus to Andeer.


2'751'962E 1'163'202N
46.602792, 9.422178
46°36'10.1"N 9°25'19.8"E
32T 532333 5161112
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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13 km
3:00 h
565 m
566 m
Highest point
1,230 m
Lowest point
929 m
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