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Hinterrhein
Walserweg
Walserweg
Stage 1, San Bernardino–Hinterrhein
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Walserweg
Stage 2, Hinterrhein–Vals
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Graubünden Route
Graubünden Route
Stage 6, Splügen–S. Bernardino
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Rheinwald Route
Route 505, Splügen–Splügen
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Hinterrhein

Hinterrhein

For geographers, Hinterrhein is the first village on the jungen Rhein (Young Rhine), for those heading south, the last stop before the San Bernardinopass and for historians, the oldest Walser settlement in Graubunden.
Hinterrhein, with its 80 inhabitants, lies at 1600 m altitude at the foot of the San Bernardinopass. Large Italian-style stone houses stand next to sun-browned wooden chalets, marking the meeting point between the harsh mountain world and southern climes.

For centuries, the trade traffic over the pass was the source of income for the Hinterrhein people. Business began to dry up with the opening of the pass road in 1820 and did so completely in 1882 with the opening of the Gotthard Railway. All that now remains is mountain farming, which is still how most of the inhabitants earn their living. In summer, cows and goats are driven through the village and out to the pastures. Mountain farming contrasts with the motorway, which runs right next to the village then disappears to the south into the San Bernardino tunnel. This has guaranteed an all-year link to the south since it opened in 1967. Hinterrhein is a starting point for hikes and in winter for popular ski tours up to Chilchalphora (3038 m).

Highlights

  • Ski tours up to Chilchalphora.
For geographers, Hinterrhein is the first village on the jungen Rhein (Young Rhine), for those heading south, the last stop before the San Bernardinopass and for historians, the oldest Walser settlement in Graubunden.
Hinterrhein, with its 80 inhabitants, lies at 1600 m altitude at the foot of the San Bernardinopass. Large Italian-style stone houses stand next to sun-browned wooden chalets, marking the meeting point between the harsh mountain world and southern climes.

For centuries, the trade traffic over the pass was the source of income for the Hinterrhein people. Business began to dry up with the opening of the pass road in 1820 and did so completely in 1882 with the opening of the Gotthard Railway. All that now remains is mountain farming, which is still how most of the inhabitants earn their living. In summer, cows and goats are driven through the village and out to the pastures. Mountain farming contrasts with the motorway, which runs right next to the village then disappears to the south into the San Bernardino tunnel. This has guaranteed an all-year link to the south since it opened in 1967. Hinterrhein is a starting point for hikes and in winter for popular ski tours up to Chilchalphora (3038 m).

Highlights

  • Ski tours up to Chilchalphora.

Arrival and return Hinterrhein

Adresse

Viamala Tourismus
Bodenplatz 4
7435 Splügen
Tel. +41 (0)81 650 90 30
info@viamala.ch
www.viamala.ch

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Accommodation

Camping + Ferienlager Splügen
Camping + Ferienlager Splügen
Splügen
Ferien im Schloss
Ferien im Schloss
Nufenen
Ferienhaus Isla
Ferienhaus Isla
Nufenen
Hotel Piz Tambo
Hotel Piz Tambo
Splügen
Zapporthütte SAC
Zapporthütte SAC
Hinterrhein
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Places of interest

Splügen Pass trade route
Splügen Pass trade route
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Hiking in

Hinterrhein
Walserweg
Walserweg
Stage 1, San Bernardino–Hinterrhein
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Walserweg
Walserweg
Stage 2, Hinterrhein–Vals
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Cycling in

Hinterrhein
Graubünden Route
Graubünden Route
Stage 6, Splügen–S. Bernardino
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Rheinwald Route
Rheinwald Route
Route 505, Splügen–Splügen
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