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Alpine Passes Trail
Alpine Passes Trail
Stage 2, Tamins–Ilanz
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Dreibündenstein Panoramaweg
Dreibündenstein Panoramaweg
Route 739, Chur, Brambrüesch–Feldis
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Graubünden Route
Graubünden Route
Stage 1, Chur–Thusis
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Rhine Route
Rhine Route
Stage 2, Disentis–Chur
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Graubünden Bike
Rheinschluchttour
Bonaduzer Wald
Rhäzünser Rheinauen
Kunkels Bike
Rhäzünser Alp Sura
Domat/Ems
Alluvial zones near Rhäzüns

Alluvial zones near Rhäzüns

The last extensive natural riparian landscape of the Alpenrhein is located near Rhäzüns. Typical alluvial zones change constantly.
Long stretches of the Alpenrhein (Alpine section of the Rhine) have been straightened. However, it is possible to get an idea of how the mountain valley floors used to look near Rhäzuns.

Periodic flooding is a typical feature of natural alluvial landscapes. Each flood event results in a change in the river course, the deposition and transfer of bed load and formation of new river islands and meanders. Flood plains are dynamic and provide a wide variety of habitats for plants and animals. Pioneer species settle on the sediment islands and willow, alder and pine forests grow in more elevated locations.

The alluvial zones between Rothenbrunnen and Reichenau are among the last large natural riparian landscapes along the Rhine upstream of Lake Constance. However, the generation of hydroelectric power results in daily runoff fluctuations. This phenomenon, which is known as hydropeaking, constitutes a threat to the natural qualities of the alluvial landscape.
The last extensive natural riparian landscape of the Alpenrhein is located near Rhäzüns. Typical alluvial zones change constantly.
Long stretches of the Alpenrhein (Alpine section of the Rhine) have been straightened. However, it is possible to get an idea of how the mountain valley floors used to look near Rhäzuns.

Periodic flooding is a typical feature of natural alluvial landscapes. Each flood event results in a change in the river course, the deposition and transfer of bed load and formation of new river islands and meanders. Flood plains are dynamic and provide a wide variety of habitats for plants and animals. Pioneer species settle on the sediment islands and willow, alder and pine forests grow in more elevated locations.

The alluvial zones between Rothenbrunnen and Reichenau are among the last large natural riparian landscapes along the Rhine upstream of Lake Constance. However, the generation of hydroelectric power results in daily runoff fluctuations. This phenomenon, which is known as hydropeaking, constitutes a threat to the natural qualities of the alluvial landscape.

Alluvial zones near Rhäzüns

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Hiking in the surroundings

Alpine Passes Trail
Alpine Passes Trail
Stage 2, Tamins–Ilanz
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Dreibündenstein Panoramaweg
Dreibündenstein Panoramaweg
Route 739, Chur, Brambrüesch–Feldis
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Cycling in the surroundings

Graubünden Route
Graubünden Route
Stage 1, Chur–Thusis
Show all
Rhine Route
Rhine Route
Stage 2, Disentis–Chur
Show all

Biking in the surroundings

Graubünden Bike
Rheinschluchttour
Bonaduzer Wald
Rhäzünser Rheinauen
Kunkels Bike
Rhäzünser Alp Sura