6 Graubünden Route
6 Graubünden Route

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Graubünden Route

Stage 3, Bergün–Zernez

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Graubünden Route

Follow the bends of the Rhaetian Railway in fresh mountain air. The Albula Pass is windswept and rocky. The mood is joyful in the Upper Engadine, by the river Inn, where nature can flourish freely – to the delight of many – in the National Park, now over 100 years old.
Handsome Engadine houses provide a quaint village setting in Bergün. So inviting that camera teams regularly wander into the Graubünden mountains to shoot films such as "Die Direktorin" or "Heidi" with Bruno Ganz as grandpa. Attractive accommodation with "props" from bygone days will tempt you to stay longer. In a former armoury, the Albula Railway Museum gives an exciting presentation of the history of the Albula line.

You ride sedately along the river Albula, up to the area around the source of the Hinterrhein's largest tributary, on the western side of the Albula Pass. Especially in autumn, this region is like a dream with its multicoloured foliage and gorgeous yellow larches. Somehow, the Rhaetian Railway – which pirouettes impressively around Bergün – is always appearing from some crevice or fissure in the rocks. Trains packed with visitors from all over the world are delighted by the imposing rail viaducts and landscapes. A little further on, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) has a facility near Alp Weissenstein (Crap Alv), 2,026 m.a.s.l. Research focuses on high Alpine dairy cow and sheep farming, and on the vegetation of this mountain region. After a regular climb through all the Alpine vegetation and climate zones, you finally reach the top of the pass (2,312 m.a.s.l.).

Then comes an enjoyable descent on a road with little traffic. You soon reach pretty La Punt in the Upper Engadine. Zuoz, with its solidly built and richly decorated houses, is another pretty spot. A sculpture of Schellen-Ursli here recalls the famous children's story ("A Bell for Ursli"). The glory of an early morning can be experienced elsewhere, but it is especially memorable between Zuoz and Zernez. Morning mist often persists over the Inn, but it usually starts to clear soon afterwards. Sandwiched between the Inn and the Swiss National Park ("parc naziunal svizzer"), the route literally sweeps you towards Zernez (although the ride on the forest path can be rather bumpy). This is the base for outings to the National Park and Val Müstair.
Follow the bends of the Rhaetian Railway in fresh mountain air. The Albula Pass is windswept and rocky. The mood is joyful in the Upper Engadine, by the river Inn, where nature can flourish freely – to the delight of many – in the National Park, now over 100 years old.
Handsome Engadine houses provide a quaint village setting in Bergün. So inviting that camera teams regularly wander into the Graubünden mountains to shoot films such as "Die Direktorin" or "Heidi" with Bruno Ganz as grandpa. Attractive accommodation with "props" from bygone days will tempt you to stay longer. In a former armoury, the Albula Railway Museum gives an exciting presentation of the history of the Albula line.

You ride sedately along the river Albula, up to the area around the source of the Hinterrhein's largest tributary, on the western side of the Albula Pass. Especially in autumn, this region is like a dream with its multicoloured foliage and gorgeous yellow larches. Somehow, the Rhaetian Railway – which pirouettes impressively around Bergün – is always appearing from some crevice or fissure in the rocks. Trains packed with visitors from all over the world are delighted by the imposing rail viaducts and landscapes. A little further on, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) has a facility near Alp Weissenstein (Crap Alv), 2,026 m.a.s.l. Research focuses on high Alpine dairy cow and sheep farming, and on the vegetation of this mountain region. After a regular climb through all the Alpine vegetation and climate zones, you finally reach the top of the pass (2,312 m.a.s.l.).

Then comes an enjoyable descent on a road with little traffic. You soon reach pretty La Punt in the Upper Engadine. Zuoz, with its solidly built and richly decorated houses, is another pretty spot. A sculpture of Schellen-Ursli here recalls the famous children's story ("A Bell for Ursli"). The glory of an early morning can be experienced elsewhere, but it is especially memorable between Zuoz and Zernez. Morning mist often persists over the Inn, but it usually starts to clear soon afterwards. Sandwiched between the Inn and the Swiss National Park ("parc naziunal svizzer"), the route literally sweeps you towards Zernez (although the ride on the forest path can be rather bumpy). This is the base for outings to the National Park and Val Müstair.
45 km
Asphalted: 35 km
Natural surface: 10 km
1250 m | 1150 m
difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Bergün/Bravuogn
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Surface/foundation
Beware: rough or muddy trails may be met in higher regions.
Ascent Albula
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Ascent Albula
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Thusis–Samedan
Reason: dangerous stretch Thusis–Tiefencastel, main road with tunnels. Metres in height saved approx. 1800m.
Cycle transport: limited space.
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Season

Season
Please note: pass open from approx. May to October. Info Tel 163.

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Transport Albula Tunnel
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Transport Albula Tunnel
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Preda–Samedan
or
Samedan–Preda
Reason: metres in height saved Preda–Samedan 530m, Samedan–Preda 810m.
Cycle transport: limited space.
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Zernez
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Services

Accommodation

Hotel Weisses Kreuz
Hotel Weisses Kreuz
Bergün/Bravuogn
Hotel Preda Kulm
Hotel Preda Kulm
Preda-Bergün
Gasthaus Spinas
Gasthaus Spinas
Bever
Chesa Staila - Hotel B&B
Chesa Staila - Hotel B&B
La Punt-Chamues-ch
Pension Chesin Zuppò
Pension Chesin Zuppò
La Punt-Chamues-ch
Chamanna d'Es-cha CAS
Chamanna d'Es-cha CAS
Madulain
Gästehaus Zuoz
Gästehaus Zuoz
Zuoz
Hotel Restorant Veduta
Hotel Restorant Veduta
Cinuos-chel
Hotel Crusch Alba
Hotel Crusch Alba
Zernez
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Bookable offers

Graubünden Route Ost: Chur - Scoul
Graubünden Route Ost: Chur - Scoul
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Places

Bergün – Albula
Bergün – Albula
Preda
Preda
Spinas
Spinas
La Punt
La Punt
S-chanf
S-chanf
Zernez
Zernez
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Places of interest

Albula Railway Museum in Bergün
Albula Railway Museum in Bergün
Evangelical Church of Stuls
Evangelical Church of Stuls
Albulapass
Albulapass
Swiss National Park House
Swiss National Park House
Swiss National Park
Swiss National Park
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