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35 Walserweg

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The Walserweg Graubünden follows the tracks of the Walsers in the high valleys of Graubunden in 19 one-day stages (total 300 km). The route leads along historic trails through breathtaking nature and intact cultivated landscapes. Hikers gain insights into the culture and history of the Walser folk.
moderate
Distance 321.6 km
111:30 h
18,673 m
18,138 m
The trail begins in the village of San Bernardino. In 1270 the first settlers crossed the pass of the same name from the Valais and settled in Rheinwald. The impressive houses in Hinterrhein, Nufenen and Splügen are a reminder of the days of trading with mule-trains. The Splügenpass, the Safierberg, Passo del S. Bernardino and the Valserberg were important north-south links. The route leads through historic cultivated landscapes and typical scattered Walser settlements. Hiking time for each stage is between 4.5 and 7 hours. But there is plenty of time to enjoy and explore the beautiful landscape. Alpine crossings link the high valleys, along the way the hiker meets clear mountain lakes and high, protected moorlands. The route leads through species-rich Alpine meadows and shady stone pine and larch forests. These impressive natural environments alternate with evidence of Walser pastures and mountain farming. Typical slanted wooden fences, Walser houses burned brown by the sun, log-cabin-style barns and regional building variations such as steeply-pitched roofs in Vals and wood-shingle roofs in the Safiental valley add to the appeal of this long-distance trail.

 

A friendly evening meal with local people is a pleasant way to round off each one-day stage. Whether in a village still typifying Walser culture, such as Safien, Avers, St. Antönien or Langwies or in a major Walser tourism centre such as Davos, Klosters or Arosa.

The route comprises 19 sections, which are also ideal for day excursions.

Author’s recommendation

More information: www.walserweg.ch
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Walservereinigung Graubünden
Update: May 05, 2021

Start

San Bernardino (1,608 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'734'685E 1'147'164N
DD
46.462262, 9.192058
DMS
46°27'44.1"N 9°11'31.4"E
UTM
32T 514747 5145428
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Destination

Brand (AT)

Note

Wildlife refuge Wanna: December 20 - April 30
all notes on protected areas

Getting there

Nach San Bernardino
Mit der Bahn:
Ab Zürich nach Chur. Umsteigen nach Thusis. Ab Thusis mit dem PostAuto nach San Bernardino, http://www.sbb.ch

Mit dem Auto
A13 bis Thusis. Auto dort parken und mit dem PostAuto nach San Bernardino.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'734'685E 1'147'164N
DD
46.462262, 9.192058
DMS
46°27'44.1"N 9°11'31.4"E
UTM
32T 514747 5145428
w3w 
///boomers.taller.swan
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Irene Schuler, Walserweg Graubünden. In 23 Etappen vom Hinterrhein in den Rätikon. Rotpunktverlag Zürich, 3. komplett überarbeitete Neuauflage 2017, ISBN 978-3-85869-734-9. CHF 39.90. Das Buch kann direkt bei der Walservereinigung Graubünden (www.walserverein-gr.ch) oder über den Buchhandel bezogen werden.

Equipment

Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes

  • 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
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • 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.

Questions and answers

Question from Tanja von Erlach · February 15, 2021 · Community
Kann ich dies mit meinen Kindern 8/10 machen mit übernachten nach jeder oder zwischen den Etappen? Es sieht so schön aus. Wir sind viel draussen aber nicht Ober sportlich Danke
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
321.6 km
Duration
111:30 h
Ascent
18,673 m
Descent
18,138 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical interest Geological highlights Botanical highlights Insider tip Linear route

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  • 23 Stages
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 1
Distance 10 km
Duration 3:30 h
Ascent 520 m
Descent 500 m

Von der Südseite ins erste Dorf am Hinterrhein.

from Nicole Kayser,   Graubünden Ferien
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 2
Distance 13.6 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 960 m
Descent 1,330 m

Über den Valserberg von Hinterrhein nach Vals.

from Nicole Kayser,   Graubünden Ferien
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 3
Distance 13.1 km
Duration 5:30 h
Ascent 1,160 m
Descent 720 m

Von Vals über den Tomülpass nach Safien Turrahus.

from Nicole Kayser,   Graubünden Ferien
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 4
Distance 14.8 km
Duration 5:30 h
Ascent 960 m
Descent 790 m

Wandern durch die Walser Streusiedlungen im Safiental.

from Nicole Kayser,   Graubünden Ferien
Long distance hiking trail · Switzerland
35.05 Walserweg Graubünden Etappe 5: Safien Platz - Thusis
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 5
Distance 12.3 km
Duration 4:00 h
Ascent 110 m
Descent 1,290 m

Im Angesicht des mächtigen Piz Beverin.

from Nicole Kayser,   Graubünden Ferien
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 6
Distance 11.1 km
Duration 5:45 h
Ascent 1,490 m
Descent 330 m

Gute Kondition gefragt. Es geht "zoberscht uuf".

from Nicole Kayser,   Graubünden Ferien
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 7
Distance 13.6 km
Duration 4:30 h
Ascent 290 m
Descent 1,170 m

Auf einem vergessenen Transitweg mit leichten Schritten ins Schams.

from Nicole Kayser,   Graubünden Ferien
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 8
Distance 13.8 km
Duration 4:30 h
Ascent 780 m
Descent 290 m

Auf der alten Averserstrasse geht es nach Innerferrera.

from Nicole Kayser,   Graubünden Ferien
Long distance hiking trail · Switzerland
35.09 Walserweg Graubünden Etappe 9: Innerferrera - Juf
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 9
Distance 18.5 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 1,140 m
Descent 500 m

Hinauf zur höchstgelegenen ganzjährig bewohnten Gemeinde in Europa: nach Juf.

from Nicole Kayser,   Graubünden Ferien
Long distance hiking trail · Switzerland
35.10 Walserweg Graubünden Etappe 10: Juf - Alp Flix
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 10
Distance 17.9 km
Duration 7:15 h
Ascent 1,310 m
Descent 1,450 m

Aus dem Avers bis auf die Alp Flix. Eine lange Etappe in einer atemraubenden Landschaft.

from Nicole Kayser,   Graubünden Ferien
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 11
Distance 16.9 km
Duration 7:00 h
Ascent 1,320 m
Descent 1,040 m

Anstregende, aber lohnende Etappe durch den Parc Ela zur Ela Hütte.

from Nicole Kayser,   Graubünden Ferien
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 12
Distance 9 km
Duration 3:00 h
Ascent 50 m
Descent 1,270 m

Absteigen ins Albulatal bis nach Filisur.

from Nicole Kayser,   Graubünden Ferien
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 13
Distance 12.5 km
Duration 4:45 h
Ascent 1,000 m
Descent 400 m

Spectacular views and pure adventure.

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from Nicole Kayser,   Graubünden Ferien
Long distance hiking trail · Praettigau-Davos
35.13 Walserweg Graubünden Etappe 13: Monstein - Sertig Dörfli
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 14
Distance 11.7 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 960 m
Descent 730 m

Schöner Aufstieg zur intakten Alpsiedlung Oberalp und durch Alpweiden hinauf auf die Fanezfurgga.

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from Nicole Kayser,   Graubünden Ferien
Long distance hiking trail · Praettigau-Davos
35.14 Walserweg Graubünden Etappe 14: Sertig Dörfli - Davos Platz
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 15
Distance 15.4 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 860 m
Descent 1,120 m

Beautiful ascent to the intact Oberalp alpine settlement and through alpine pastures up to Fanezfurgga. 

from Nicole Kayser,   Graubünden Ferien
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 16
Distance 14.9 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 1,150 m
Descent 950 m

On this hike between Sertig and Dischma you will find more stones and peace than other hikers. 

from Nicole Kayser,   Graubünden Ferien
Long distance hiking trail · Switzerland
35.16 Walserweg Graubünden Etappe 16: Arosa - Langwies
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 17
Distance 13.3 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 620 m
Descent 980 m

From Davos, after the first ascent to Staffelalp and on to the crossing of Maienfelderfurgga. Wonderful view of Arosa. Descent into the valley. 

from Nicole Kayser,   Graubünden Ferien
Long distance hiking trail · Switzerland
35.17 Walserweg Graubünden Etappe 17: Langwies - Klosters
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 18
Distance 6.8 km
Duration 3:00 h
Ascent 680 m
Descent 80 m

Von Langwies Aufstieg ins Fondei bis zum Skihaus Casanna.

from Nicole Kayser,   Graubünden Ferien
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 19
Distance 15.2 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 740 m
Descent 1,470 m

Vom Skihaus Casanna über den Durannapass nach Klosters Platz.

from Nicole Kayser,   Graubünden Ferien
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 20
Distance 6.1 km
Duration 2:30 h
Ascent 560 m
Descent 90 m

A relaxing short hike from Klosters to Schlappin, before the big Walserweg stages starts.

from Nicole Kayser,   Graubünden Ferien
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 21
Distance 16.4 km
Duration 6:30 h
Ascent 1,000 m
Descent 1,350 m

From the Schlappin up to the Räschenjoch, down again through the Gafiatal to St. Antönien Platz.

from Nicole Kayser,   Graubünden Ferien
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 22
Distance 10 km
Duration 3:45 h
Ascent 910 m
Descent 100 m

Mitten im Rätikon.

from Nicole Kayser,   Graubünden Ferien
Long distance hiking trail · Praettigau-Davos
35.19 Walserweg Graubünden Etappe 19: St. Antönien - Brand (AT)
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 23
Distance 20.1 km
Duration 7:00 h
Ascent 570 m
Descent 1,770 m

From the Skihaus Casanna over the Durannapass to Klosters Platz.

from Nicole Kayser,   Graubünden Ferien
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