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50 Via Spluga

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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.
moderate
69.4 km
23:20 h
2967 m
3307 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.

Author’s recommendation

viaSpluga buchen!

Wandern Sie bequem von Unterkunft zu Unterkunft und profitieren Sie vom im Preis inbegriffenen Gepäcktransport. Die Touren können ausserdem mit den öffentlichen Verkehrsmittel vereinfacht werden.

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Daniel Maier
Updated: February 28, 2020

Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
2119 m
Lowest point
311 m
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Tips, hints and links

Gästeinformation Viamala
Bodenplatz 
7435 Splügen
Tel. +41 (0)81 650 90 30
Fax +41 (0)81 650 90 31
info@viamala.ch
www.viamala.ch

Start

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

Chiavenna (IT)

Turn-by-turn directions

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Zürich HB - Chur - Thusis

Parking

Parking at Thusis railway station (fee-based).

Coordinates

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46.698372, 9.440197
DMS
46°41'54.1"N 9°26'24.7"E
UTM
32T 533654 5171740
w3w 
///newer.peachy.commutes
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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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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
69.4 km
Duration
23:20h
Ascent
2967 m
Descent
3307 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical value Botanical highlights Insider tip

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  • 4 Stages
Hiking trail · Switzerland
50.01 Thusis - Andeer, viaSpluga
moderate Stage 1
17.5 km
6:15 h
906 m
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
moderate Stage 2
14.3 km
5:00 h
1011 m
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 ...
1
from Romedi Conradin,   Graubünden Ferien - normierte Touren
Hiking trail · Switzerland
50.03 Splügen - Isola (I), ViaSpluga
moderate Stage 3
17.1 km
6:00 h
1008 m
1213 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
moderate Stage 4
20.6 km
6:00 h
351 m
1286 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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