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50 Via Spluga

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Graubünden Ferien - normierte Touren Explorers Choice 
  • Pùnt da Suransuns
    / Pùnt da Suransuns
    Photo: Demateo
  • / Rofflaschlucht
    Photo: Viamala Tourismus
  • / Splügen
  • / Splügenpass
  • / Traversinersteg II
  • / Kirche St. Martin Zillis
  • / Traversinersteg II
    Photo: Viamala Tourismus
  • / Splügenpass
    Photo: Demateo
  • / Besucherzentrum Viamala-Schlucht
    Photo: hü7 Design
  • / Burgruine Splügen
    Photo: Demateo
  • / Felsengalerie Splügenpass
    Photo: Demateo
  • / Saumpfade Splügenpass
    Photo: Demateo
  • / Rofflaschlucht
m 3000 2500 2000 1500 1000 500 60 50 40 30 20 10 km Splügen Traversinersteg Rofflaschlucht Heimatmuseum Rheinwald Burg Ehrenfels Sufers Andeer Museo del Tesoro Clugin
The ViaSpluga is a culturally historic hiking path which taps the history of the region around the Splügenpass. This direct route from southern Germany to Lombardy has linked the fortunes of the Rhaeto-Romanic, Walser and Lombardy people since the Middle Ages.
Distance 69.4 km
23:20 h
2,967 m
3,307 m
The ViaSpluga runs from Thusis over the Splügelnpass to Chiavenna in Italy. For around 65 km it follows the former main trading route from Thusis into Domleschg in Graubunden.

 Right at the start the trail negotiates the dramatic Viamala, the most famous gorge on the Splügen route. It then leads through Zillis and Andeer, passing villages on the Schamserberg until the inviting valley narrows at the difficult Roflaschlucht gorge. Along the sunny Rheinwald valley floor to the pass village of Splügen (1475 m). From here the route climbs south to the 2115 m Splügen summit and then descends through the gorge in Val Cardinello and forested Val San Giacomo to Chiavenna.

 The route follows historic mule trails, with its most spectacular sections in the Viamala, Rofla and Val Cardinello. Despite its difficulties, the route has been popular since ancient times, already recorded in the Roman Empire’s list of arterial roads as it formed an almost dead-straight link between southern Germany and Lombardy.

 Path and road construction, transport services and trading traffic, spiritual exchange and creative artistic power have influenced the picture of the landscape and settlements, as well as improving living standards and broadening horizons for local farmers. The church in Zillis with its world-famous Romanesque ceiling paintings forms the artistic highlight of this route, which links three Alpine linguistic and cultural regions.

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Daniel Maier
Update: March 31, 2021
Highest point
2,119 m
Lowest point
311 m
Best time of year

Tips and hints

Gästeinformation Viamala
7435 Splügen
Tel. +41 (0)81 650 90 30
Fax +41 (0)81 650 90 31


Thusis (702 m)
46.698372, 9.440197
46°41'54.1"N 9°26'24.7"E
32T 533654 5171740


Chiavenna (IT)

Turn-by-turn directions


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Zürich HB - Chur - Thusis


Parking at Thusis railway station (fee-based).


46.698372, 9.440197
46°41'54.1"N 9°26'24.7"E
32T 533654 5171740
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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.

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Simeon Frei
June 10, 2019 · Community
Die Route ist super! Habens jetzt über Pfingsten gemacht. Leider hat es im letzten Teil ein Fehler in dieser Route. Wir mussten den Bach samt Gepäck queren und auf der Hauptstrasse ca. 2km gehen. Was eigentlich so nicht der Sinn wäre. Auf Schweizmobil sieht man den unterschied...
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Spluga 1
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Spluga 2
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Spluga 3
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69.4 km
23:20 h
2,967 m
3,307 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical interest Botanical highlights Insider tip


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Hiking trail · Switzerland
50.01 Thusis - Andeer, viaSpluga
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 1
Distance 17.5 km
Duration 6:15 h
Ascent 906 m
Descent 623 m

Stage  one  of  the  viaSpluga,  the  65  km  long  classic cultural and  long-distance  hiking trail,  takes you from Thusis  through  the ...

from Romedi Conradin,   Graubünden Ferien - normierte Touren
Hiking trail · Switzerland
50.02 Andeer - Splügen, ViaSpluga
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 2
Distance 14.3 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 1,011 m
Descent 534 m

Stage two of the viaSpluga, the 65 km long classic cultural and long-distance hiking trail, takes you from Andeer to the Roffla Gorge and on past ...

from Romedi Conradin,   Graubünden Ferien - normierte Touren
Hiking trail · Switzerland
50.03 Splügen - Isola (I), ViaSpluga
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 3
Distance 17.1 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 1,008 m
Descent 1,213 m

Stage three of the viaSpluga, the 65 km long classic cultural and long-distance hiking trail, takes you from Splügen  to  the  Splügen  Pass  and ...

from Romedi Conradin,   Graubünden Ferien - normierte Touren
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 4
Distance 20.6 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 351 m
Descent 1,286 m

The fourth and final stage of the viaSpluga, the 65 km long classic cultural and long-distance hiking trail, takes you  from  Isola  through  the ...

from Romedi Conradin,   Graubünden Ferien - normierte Touren
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