6 Graubünden Route
6 Graubünden Route

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Graubünden Route

Stage 4, Zernez–Martina

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Graubünden Route

The natural grandeur of the Lower Engadine: as quiet as the beating of an eagle's wing. A little refuge for endangered species. By contrast: richly painted houses on sunny terraces, and mineral springs around Scuol-Tarasp.
Zernez is the place where Upper and Lower Engadine meet. The village gained its uniform appearance after a major fire in 1872. Zernez is the base for excursions in the Swiss National Park. The Park's entire administration has been housed in Planta-Wildenberg Castle since 2007. The adjacent monolithic concrete cube is the National Park Centre, where you can learn all about conduct in the park, guided tours, hiking trails and the weather. The constantly tapering Lower Engadine is best explored and experienced on foot, by cycle or in a canoe. Majestic 3,000-meter peaks rise up on both sides. There are pretty villages such as Susch and Lavin, with handsome houses. Steep hairpins lead up to the sunny terraced village of Guarda. Guarda and neighbouring Ardez are listed sites. Locals eye the many tourists with price and forbearance – perhaps hoping that the beautifully painted houses won't be damaged by so much photography?

The "Witches' Stones" near Ardez have remained almost undamaged for centuries. These calcareous schist slabs, located directly on the cycle route, are estimated to date from around 2000 B.C. Well over 100 cup-like depressions, linked by grooves in isolated cases, were worked into the stones many years ago. It is unclear whether they were created for ritual or utilitarian purposes. The road, which now resembles a mountain pass, descends rapidly to Scuol. At the station, bikers wait for the Rhaetian Railway to take them back to Zernez. A huge cycle compartment ensures stress-free transportation of your bike.

The mineral spa at Scuol is equally stress-free. An apt motto: "Bathe in pure mineral water". There are over 20 mineral springs around Scuol. As a leisurely cyclist, you will be overtaken by more athletic riders between Scuol and Martina. This is a wonderful stretch for cycling, but it is unsuitable for racing bikes. The road for cars is so far above the Inn that almost no noise can be heard. Pretty little villages are nestled even higher, almost in the clouds. The last place before the border is Martina – and the world stops here. At least, that's how it looks at first glimpse, until you see the customs post and the Austrian and EU signs for Nauders and the Tirol (for those who want to remain staunchly loyal to the Inn Valley Cycle Path).
The natural grandeur of the Lower Engadine: as quiet as the beating of an eagle's wing. A little refuge for endangered species. By contrast: richly painted houses on sunny terraces, and mineral springs around Scuol-Tarasp.
Zernez is the place where Upper and Lower Engadine meet. The village gained its uniform appearance after a major fire in 1872. Zernez is the base for excursions in the Swiss National Park. The Park's entire administration has been housed in Planta-Wildenberg Castle since 2007. The adjacent monolithic concrete cube is the National Park Centre, where you can learn all about conduct in the park, guided tours, hiking trails and the weather. The constantly tapering Lower Engadine is best explored and experienced on foot, by cycle or in a canoe. Majestic 3,000-meter peaks rise up on both sides. There are pretty villages such as Susch and Lavin, with handsome houses. Steep hairpins lead up to the sunny terraced village of Guarda. Guarda and neighbouring Ardez are listed sites. Locals eye the many tourists with price and forbearance – perhaps hoping that the beautifully painted houses won't be damaged by so much photography?

The "Witches' Stones" near Ardez have remained almost undamaged for centuries. These calcareous schist slabs, located directly on the cycle route, are estimated to date from around 2000 B.C. Well over 100 cup-like depressions, linked by grooves in isolated cases, were worked into the stones many years ago. It is unclear whether they were created for ritual or utilitarian purposes. The road, which now resembles a mountain pass, descends rapidly to Scuol. At the station, bikers wait for the Rhaetian Railway to take them back to Zernez. A huge cycle compartment ensures stress-free transportation of your bike.

The mineral spa at Scuol is equally stress-free. An apt motto: "Bathe in pure mineral water". There are over 20 mineral springs around Scuol. As a leisurely cyclist, you will be overtaken by more athletic riders between Scuol and Martina. This is a wonderful stretch for cycling, but it is unsuitable for racing bikes. The road for cars is so far above the Inn that almost no noise can be heard. Pretty little villages are nestled even higher, almost in the clouds. The last place before the border is Martina – and the world stops here. At least, that's how it looks at first glimpse, until you see the customs post and the Austrian and EU signs for Nauders and the Tirol (for those who want to remain staunchly loyal to the Inn Valley Cycle Path).
52 km
Asphalted: 31 km
Natural surface: 21 km
900 m | 1350 m
medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Zernez
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Surface/foundation
Beware: rough or muddy trails may be met in higher regions.
Bypass Guarda and Ftan
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Bypass Guarda and Ftan
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Lavin–Scuol-Tarasp
or
Scuol-Tarasp–Lavin
Reason: metres in height saved Lavin–Scuol 400m, Scuol–Lavin 600m.
Cycle transport: limited space.
SBB Timetable
Hint
Beware: steep unsurfaced stretch between Sur En and San Niclà.
Deviazione, Gurlainabrücke Scuol
Duration
23.03.2021 - 30.11.2021
Reason
Amended routing
The route is being diverted. Please follow the local signposts. See map for details.
Data source: SwitzerlandMobility / Cantonal office

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Martina, cunfin
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Services

Accommodation

Chamanna dal Linard CAS
Chamanna dal Linard CAS
Lavin
Hotel Crusch Alba
Hotel Crusch Alba
Zernez
Chamanna Lischana CAS
Chamanna Lischana CAS
Scuol
Camping Sur En
Camping Sur En
Sent
Hotel Altana
Hotel Altana
Scuol
Hotel Bellavista
Hotel Bellavista
Ftan
Hotel Conrad
Hotel Conrad
Scuol
Jugendherberge Scuol
Jugendherberge Scuol
Scuol
TCS Camping Scuol
TCS Camping Scuol
Scuol
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Bookable offers

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

Lavin
Lavin
Zernez
Zernez
Ardez
Ardez
Ftan
Ftan
Guarda
Guarda
Scuol
Scuol
Sent
Sent
Martina
Martina
Ramosch
Ramosch
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Places of interest

Swiss National Park House
Swiss National Park House
Swiss National Park
Swiss National Park
Tarasp Castel
Tarasp Castel
Seilpark Engadin
Seilpark Engadin
Schellen-Ursli's Home
Schellen-Ursli's Home
Town Cenre and Steinsberg Castle
Town Cenre and Steinsberg Castle
Val d'Uina Gorge
Val d'Uina Gorge
Cultivated Terraces and Bieraria
Cultivated Terraces and Bieraria
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Swimming

Engadin Bad Scuol
Engadin Bad Scuol
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