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Hiking in the surroundings

Via Albula/Bernina
Via Albula/Bernina
Stage 5, Preda–Spinas
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Cycling in the surroundings

Graubünden Route
Graubünden Route
Stage 3, Bergün–Zernez
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Biking in the surroundings

Suvretta Loop
La Punt-Chamues-ch
Albulapass

Albulapass

One of Switzerland’s best-kept engineered roads from the 19th century leads over the Albulapass. It is accompanied by the imposing structures of the Rhaetian Railway. In 2008 this became only the third railway in the world to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage.
Bronze finds prove that the Albulapass was already travelled in prehistoric times. The pass played a key role in passenger and goods transport in the High Middle Ages. It was important mainly because of its direct route: «If the Albula was as long as the Bernina, neither cock nor hen would use it».

The engineered road was built in the 19th century: from 1855-58 from Tiefencastel to Bergün, width 3.60 metres and from 1864- 66 from Bergün to La Punt, width 4.20 metres. The new engineered road took a completely different route to the old one.

Most of its character and route have been retained. Despite improvements – particularly on the Engadine side –drystone walling and cemented retaining walls, traditional drainage (Tombini), milestones and several natural stone bridges can still be seen. Smaller elements such as wooden roadside posts, grit containers and cobbled drainage channels (cunettes) are also often found. In recent years, the traditional wooden fencing has mostly been replaced by metal crash barriers or new wooden fences.

Between Bergün and Preda, the pass route is dominated by impressive structures that are easily seen from the road. These belong to the Rhaetian Railway, which in 2008 became only the third railway in the world to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage.
One of Switzerland’s best-kept engineered roads from the 19th century leads over the Albulapass. It is accompanied by the imposing structures of the Rhaetian Railway. In 2008 this became only the third railway in the world to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage.
Bronze finds prove that the Albulapass was already travelled in prehistoric times. The pass played a key role in passenger and goods transport in the High Middle Ages. It was important mainly because of its direct route: «If the Albula was as long as the Bernina, neither cock nor hen would use it».

The engineered road was built in the 19th century: from 1855-58 from Tiefencastel to Bergün, width 3.60 metres and from 1864- 66 from Bergün to La Punt, width 4.20 metres. The new engineered road took a completely different route to the old one.

Most of its character and route have been retained. Despite improvements – particularly on the Engadine side –drystone walling and cemented retaining walls, traditional drainage (Tombini), milestones and several natural stone bridges can still be seen. Smaller elements such as wooden roadside posts, grit containers and cobbled drainage channels (cunettes) are also often found. In recent years, the traditional wooden fencing has mostly been replaced by metal crash barriers or new wooden fences.

Between Bergün and Preda, the pass route is dominated by impressive structures that are easily seen from the road. These belong to the Rhaetian Railway, which in 2008 became only the third railway in the world to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage.

Albulapass

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La Punt
La Punt
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Chesa Staila - Hotel B&B
Chesa Staila - Hotel B&B
La Punt-Chamues-ch
Pension Chesin Zuppò
Pension Chesin Zuppò
La Punt-Chamues-ch
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Hiking in the surroundings

Via Albula/Bernina
Via Albula/Bernina
Stage 5, Preda–Spinas
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Cycling in the surroundings

Graubünden Route
Graubünden Route
Stage 3, Bergün–Zernez
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Biking in the surroundings

Suvretta Loop