6 Graubünden Route
6 Graubünden Route

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Graubünden Route

Stage 1, Chur–Thusis

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Graubünden Route

Leave the charms of Chur – the Rhaetian capital – behind, and set out on the Polish Trail. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Hinterrhein, and then enter the blossoming garden of Graubünden. The Domleschg: guarded by mighty castles and the Piz Beverin.
Thanks to its protected location and the legendary Alpine föhn wind, Chur has one of the highest average temperatures of all Swiss cities. Chur's new town – with high-rises and old industrial plants – contrasts sharply with the old town, which has been inhabited for over 5,000 years. The museums are also worth visiting: Graubünden Natural History Museum, Rhaetian Museum, Vinicultural Museum and Graubünden Fine Arts Museum with canvases by Giovanni Segantini, the painter of the Alps, and by the Expressionist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner.

After leaving the city, you soon reach a pretty cycle path through the "Tuma Lunga". The toma hills are remarkable accumulations of earth in the Domat/Ems region. These hills, 12 to 70 meters high, were probably created by the energy released during the Flims landslide about 9,500 years ago. Between Domat/Ems and Rothenbrunnen, cyclists follow the "Polish Route". This section was built by Poles interned in Switzerland after they arrived here in 1940. They lived in barrack camps during World War II, until December 1945. The Polish Route affords some breathtaking views of the Hinterrhein below. The Domleschg castles are also amazing: on the eastern side of the valley, the political importance of traffic across the Julier, San Bernardino and Splügen Alpine passes led to the building of more castles here than in almost any other Swiss region. If you drink from the village fountain in Rothenbrunnen, you will immediately notice the strong taste of iodine. It was not by chance that the Giuvaulta (Rhaeto-Romance for Rothenbrunnen) home for children with breathing problems and tuberculosis opened here in 1935. Below Paspels, near a field of edible cannabis, butterflies flit around your ears. Magnificent creatures that are so difficult to photograph in flight …

Wild camping near Rodels is also difficult because of "Camping prohibited" signs – a reminder that you are in a very beautiful district. The climate here on the Hinterrhein is mild and good for crops: asparagus, beets and maize simply burst out of the fields. The two cycle tracks of Graubünden Route no. 6 split off at the welcoming Thusis forest swimming pool. One spur continues towards Viamala Gorge and Splügen, and the other heads for the Albula Pass and Bergün.
Leave the charms of Chur – the Rhaetian capital – behind, and set out on the Polish Trail. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Hinterrhein, and then enter the blossoming garden of Graubünden. The Domleschg: guarded by mighty castles and the Piz Beverin.
Thanks to its protected location and the legendary Alpine föhn wind, Chur has one of the highest average temperatures of all Swiss cities. Chur's new town – with high-rises and old industrial plants – contrasts sharply with the old town, which has been inhabited for over 5,000 years. The museums are also worth visiting: Graubünden Natural History Museum, Rhaetian Museum, Vinicultural Museum and Graubünden Fine Arts Museum with canvases by Giovanni Segantini, the painter of the Alps, and by the Expressionist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner.

After leaving the city, you soon reach a pretty cycle path through the "Tuma Lunga". The toma hills are remarkable accumulations of earth in the Domat/Ems region. These hills, 12 to 70 meters high, were probably created by the energy released during the Flims landslide about 9,500 years ago. Between Domat/Ems and Rothenbrunnen, cyclists follow the "Polish Route". This section was built by Poles interned in Switzerland after they arrived here in 1940. They lived in barrack camps during World War II, until December 1945. The Polish Route affords some breathtaking views of the Hinterrhein below. The Domleschg castles are also amazing: on the eastern side of the valley, the political importance of traffic across the Julier, San Bernardino and Splügen Alpine passes led to the building of more castles here than in almost any other Swiss region. If you drink from the village fountain in Rothenbrunnen, you will immediately notice the strong taste of iodine. It was not by chance that the Giuvaulta (Rhaeto-Romance for Rothenbrunnen) home for children with breathing problems and tuberculosis opened here in 1935. Below Paspels, near a field of edible cannabis, butterflies flit around your ears. Magnificent creatures that are so difficult to photograph in flight …

Wild camping near Rodels is also difficult because of "Camping prohibited" signs – a reminder that you are in a very beautiful district. The climate here on the Hinterrhein is mild and good for crops: asparagus, beets and maize simply burst out of the fields. The two cycle tracks of Graubünden Route no. 6 split off at the welcoming Thusis forest swimming pool. One spur continues towards Viamala Gorge and Splügen, and the other heads for the Albula Pass and Bergün.
27 km
Asphalted: 18 km
Natural surface: 9 km
360 m | 260 m
easy

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Hint
Please note: Domat/Ems–Rothenbrunnen: possible closure because of rock falls, please note diversion signs

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Chur
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Arrival / return travel Thusis
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Services

Accommodation

Ambiente Hotel Freieck
Ambiente Hotel Freieck
Chur
Hotel Chur
Hotel Chur
Chur
Hotel Drei Könige
Hotel Drei Könige
Chur
Hotel Post
Hotel Post
Chur
Calandahütte SAC
Calandahütte SAC
Haldenstein
Biohof Danuser
Biohof Danuser
Felsberg
B&B Springinkerl
B&B Springinkerl
Tamins
BnB Rohrbach
BnB Rohrbach
Rodels
TCS Camping Thusis - Viamala
TCS Camping Thusis - Viamala
Thusis
Hotel Weiss Kreuz Thusis AG
Hotel Weiss Kreuz Thusis AG
Thusis
Jugendherberge Sils i. D. (nur für Gruppen)
Jugendherberge Sils i. D. (nur für Gruppen)
Sils im Domleschg
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Bookable offers

Graubünden Route Ost: Chur - Scoul
Graubünden Route Ost: Chur - Scoul
Graubünden-Route West: Chur - Bellinzona
Graubünden-Route West: Chur - Bellinzona
6 Graubünden-Route West
6 Graubünden-Route West
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Places

Chur – the Alpine City
Chur – the Alpine City
Tamins
Tamins
Thusis
Thusis
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Places of interest

Pumptrack Segnes Chur
Pumptrack Segnes Chur
Alpenbikepark Chur
Alpenbikepark Chur
Grisons Museum of Fine Arts
Grisons Museum of Fine Arts
Grisons Museum of Natural History
Grisons Museum of Natural History
Old Town Chur
Old Town Chur
Rhaetian Museum
Rhaetian Museum
St Maria Himmelfahrt Cathedral Chur
St Maria Himmelfahrt Cathedral Chur
Brambrüesch - Chur's mountain
Brambrüesch - Chur's mountain
Alluvial zones near Rhäzüns
Alluvial zones near Rhäzüns
Bikepark Bonaduz
Bikepark Bonaduz
Hohen Rätien Castle
Hohen Rätien Castle
Pumppark Sils i.D.
Pumppark Sils i.D.
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Swimming

Sand Chur outdoor swimming pool
Sand Chur outdoor swimming pool
Obere Au Chur adventure bath and indoor swimming pool
Obere Au Chur adventure bath and indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool Obere Au Chur
Outdoor swimming pool Obere Au Chur
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