2 Rhine Route
2 Rhine Route

Cycling in Switzerland

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Rhine Route

Stage 1, Andermatt–Disentis

Route report
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Rhine Route

The source of the Rhine is located in the Oberalp area, not far from the pass. The mineral deposits in Val Tujetsch are among the richest, most interesting in the Alpine region. Our destination is Disentis (called Mustér in Romansh), home of the famous monastery with its prominent baroque church.
The Anterior Rhine originates in Lake Toma, a small lake at an altitude of 2,345 m, three km south of the Oberalp Pass. A short distance to the west of Chur, near Reichenau/Tamins, it joins the Posterior Rhine and from there to Lake Constance it is also called “Alpine Rhine”. The road climbs consistently to the Oberalp Pass along countless switchbacks. Most of the time, the gradient varies between seven and nine percent. The road from the pass, connecting the cantons of Uri and Grisons, starts at an altitude of 2,044 meters and leads down to Val Tujetsch, past lovely villages, such as Selva and Rueras, all the way to Sedrun. The local village museum “La Truaisch” houses one of the most valuable mineral collections in Switzerland. Aside from rarities from the valley, dwellings with weaving and spinning rooms from way back when are also exhibited (please note the opening hours).

Another thing to admire here is Switzerland’s melodic fourth language. Here in the Surselva region, it is known as Romontsch, while it is called Rumantsch in the Lower and Rumauntsch in the Upper Engadin. The language changes ever so slightly from one area to the next. As you continue on your way through the wide valley, you will catch a glimpse of the Furka-Oberalp train from time to time. Its main route is about 100 kilometres long and connects the cantons of Grisons, Uri and Valais.

You certainly can’t miss all the gondolas and ski lifts soaring up to the mountains everywhere. The Sedrun area is popular for both summer and winter holidays. A lovely day of biking along “Rein Anteriur“, as the locals call the Rhine here, ends in the monastic village of Disentis at the foot of the Oberalp and Lukmanier passes. Disentis, or Mustér, is the capital of the Surselva region, which was first cultivated by Benedictine monks. The baroque church towers over the village. While French troops set fire to Disentis, the monastery and the church in 1799 extensive renovations at the end of the 19th century have restored the town’s original magnificence.
The source of the Rhine is located in the Oberalp area, not far from the pass. The mineral deposits in Val Tujetsch are among the richest, most interesting in the Alpine region. Our destination is Disentis (called Mustér in Romansh), home of the famous monastery with its prominent baroque church.
The Anterior Rhine originates in Lake Toma, a small lake at an altitude of 2,345 m, three km south of the Oberalp Pass. A short distance to the west of Chur, near Reichenau/Tamins, it joins the Posterior Rhine and from there to Lake Constance it is also called “Alpine Rhine”. The road climbs consistently to the Oberalp Pass along countless switchbacks. Most of the time, the gradient varies between seven and nine percent. The road from the pass, connecting the cantons of Uri and Grisons, starts at an altitude of 2,044 meters and leads down to Val Tujetsch, past lovely villages, such as Selva and Rueras, all the way to Sedrun. The local village museum “La Truaisch” houses one of the most valuable mineral collections in Switzerland. Aside from rarities from the valley, dwellings with weaving and spinning rooms from way back when are also exhibited (please note the opening hours).

Another thing to admire here is Switzerland’s melodic fourth language. Here in the Surselva region, it is known as Romontsch, while it is called Rumantsch in the Lower and Rumauntsch in the Upper Engadin. The language changes ever so slightly from one area to the next. As you continue on your way through the wide valley, you will catch a glimpse of the Furka-Oberalp train from time to time. Its main route is about 100 kilometres long and connects the cantons of Grisons, Uri and Valais.

You certainly can’t miss all the gondolas and ski lifts soaring up to the mountains everywhere. The Sedrun area is popular for both summer and winter holidays. A lovely day of biking along “Rein Anteriur“, as the locals call the Rhine here, ends in the monastic village of Disentis at the foot of the Oberalp and Lukmanier passes. Disentis, or Mustér, is the capital of the Surselva region, which was first cultivated by Benedictine monks. The baroque church towers over the village. While French troops set fire to Disentis, the monastery and the church in 1799 extensive renovations at the end of the 19th century have restored the town’s original magnificence.
32 km
Asphalted: 32 km
Natural surface: 0 km
640 m | 950 m
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Andermatt
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Arrival / return travel Oberalppass
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Season

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

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Saving metres in altitude
There is a train between Andermatt and Oberalppass that saves about 600 metres in altitude.
Saving metres in altitude / Transport Oberalp Pass
There is a train between Andermatt and Disentis/Mustér that saves about 600 metres in altitude.
Consideration
Area with livestock guardian dogs: On the mountain pasture Calmut-Cavradi you may encounter on the bike trail livestock guardian dogs from mid-June till the end of September. Guardian dogs and goat are separated from the trail with a fence. Respecting certain rules helps avoid problems.
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Disentis/Mustér
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Services

Accommodation

The River House
The River House
Andermatt
Pension zum Turm, Urner Ski- und Wanderheim
Pension zum Turm, Urner Ski- und Wanderheim
Hospental
Hotel 3 Könige & Post
Hotel 3 Könige & Post
Andermatt
Camona da Maighels CAS
Camona da Maighels CAS
Sedrun
Café Dulezi / La Roda / Bäckerei
Café Dulezi / La Roda / Bäckerei
Sedrun
TCS Camping Disentis
TCS Camping Disentis
Disentis/Mustér
Hotel-Restaurant La Furca
Hotel-Restaurant La Furca
Disentis/Mustér
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Bookable offers

2 Rhine Route Andermatt - Rorschach
2 Rhine Route Andermatt - Rorschach
2 Rhine Route: Vorderrhein & Rhine Valley
2 Rhine Route: Vorderrhein & Rhine Valley
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Places

Andermatt
Andermatt
Göschenen
Göschenen
Sedrun
Sedrun
Disentis
Disentis
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Places of interest

Eldorado of cable cars: Gemsstock
Eldorado of cable cars: Gemsstock
Waterworld Göschenen
Waterworld Göschenen
The diabolic and wild Schöllenenschlucht
The diabolic and wild Schöllenenschlucht
Monument of Suworow
Monument of Suworow
The source of the Rhine, Tomasee
The source of the Rhine, Tomasee
Where the Vorderrhein rises
Where the Vorderrhein rises
Disentis–Sontga Gada
Disentis–Sontga Gada
Disentis Monastery
Disentis Monastery
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Swimming

Bogn Sedrun
Bogn Sedrun
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Signalization

Signalization
For cycling, follow the logo indicated on the red signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your tour for safety's sake.
Signalization