279 Rheinwald-Medelserloipe
279 Rheinwald-Medelserloipe

Cross-country skiing

Rheinwald-Medelserloipe

Rheinwald-Medelserloipe

Splügen–Splügen

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Rheinwald-Medelserloipe

Rheinwald-Medelserloipe

Panoramic views of the Guggernüll and Einshorn and unique winter landscapes along the young Rhine await you in the Rheinwald if you take the circular trail between the Wakker Prize-winning village of Splügen and the hamlet of Medels.
Although the routes over the Splügen and San Bernardino passes were used by the Romans, the Rheinwald was only sparsely populated until the High Middle Ages. The Walsers settled here in the 13th century. Their language and culture continue to define the valley community to this day. In Splügen sun-browned Walser houses stand directly alongside Italianate stone palazzi. Due to this heritage, this old Bündner pass village is classified as a place of national importance, and Splügen was awarded the Wakker Prize in 1995.

The Medels circular trail begins at the cross-country skiing centre on the edge of the village. It leads along an open, uphill stretch to Medels. This small, scattered Settlement has fewer than 40 inhabitants. Originally used as an Alpine pasture by Romansh villagers from the Schams, Medels was also populated by the Walsers. From Medels, the trail leads down to the valley floor. After a short bend at the foot of the Guggernüll, it continues along the right-hand side of the Rhine, through a sparse forest and back to Splügen.

This thrilling cross-country route along the Hinterrhein, with views galore, almost didn’t exist: in the 1940s the people of the Rheinwald successfully opposed a dam project that would have meant a 700 metre-long, 150 metre-high dam wall being built over the ruins of Splügen Castle. If they had lost their fight, Splügen and the lower part of the farming village of Medels, including its church, would be underwater
today.
Panoramic views of the Guggernüll and Einshorn and unique winter landscapes along the young Rhine await you in the Rheinwald if you take the circular trail between the Wakker Prize-winning village of Splügen and the hamlet of Medels.
Although the routes over the Splügen and San Bernardino passes were used by the Romans, the Rheinwald was only sparsely populated until the High Middle Ages. The Walsers settled here in the 13th century. Their language and culture continue to define the valley community to this day. In Splügen sun-browned Walser houses stand directly alongside Italianate stone palazzi. Due to this heritage, this old Bündner pass village is classified as a place of national importance, and Splügen was awarded the Wakker Prize in 1995.

The Medels circular trail begins at the cross-country skiing centre on the edge of the village. It leads along an open, uphill stretch to Medels. This small, scattered Settlement has fewer than 40 inhabitants. Originally used as an Alpine pasture by Romansh villagers from the Schams, Medels was also populated by the Walsers. From Medels, the trail leads down to the valley floor. After a short bend at the foot of the Guggernüll, it continues along the right-hand side of the Rhine, through a sparse forest and back to Splügen.

This thrilling cross-country route along the Hinterrhein, with views galore, almost didn’t exist: in the 1940s the people of the Rheinwald successfully opposed a dam project that would have meant a 700 metre-long, 150 metre-high dam wall being built over the ruins of Splügen Castle. If they had lost their fight, Splügen and the lower part of the farming village of Medels, including its church, would be underwater
today.
8 km | 1 Stage
150 m | 150 m
classic+skating | medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return Splügen, Dorf
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Season

Winter season
The winter season generally lasts from early December to late March.

Signalization

Direction of the signposting
The route is only signposted in one direction: Splügen–Medels–Tamboboden–Splügen.

Hints

Ski rental and cross-country ski trail pass
For information on the local cross-country pass and renting cross-country skiing equipment go to:
www.viamala.ch

Contact

Viamala Tourismus
Bodenplatz 4
7435 Splügen
Tel. +41 (0)81 650 90 30
info@viamala.ch
www.viamala.ch

Services

Accommodation

Camping + Ferienlager Splügen
Camping + Ferienlager Splügen
Splügen
Hotel Piz Tambo
Hotel Piz Tambo
Splügen
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Places

Splügen
Splügen
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Places of interest

Splügen Pass trade route
Splügen Pass trade route
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Signalization

Signalization
For cross-country skiing, follow the logo indicated on the turquoise signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your tour for safety's sake.
Signalization