50 ViaSpluga
50 ViaSpluga

Hiking

ViaSpluga

ViaSpluga

Thusis–Chiavenna (I)

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ViaSpluga

ViaSpluga

The ViaSpluga is a culturally historic hiking path which taps the history of the region around the Splügenpass. This direct route from southern Germany to Lombardy has linked the fortunes of the Rhaeto-Romanic, Walser and Lombardy people since the Middle Ages.
The ViaSpluga runs from Thusis over the Splügelnpass to Chiavenna in Italy. For around 65 km it follows the former main trading route from Thusis into Domleschg in Graubunden.

Right at the start the trail negotiates the dramatic Viamala, the most famous gorge on the Splügen route. It then leads through Zillis and Andeer, passing villages on the Schamserberg until the inviting valley narrows at the difficult Roflaschlucht gorge. Along the sunny Rheinwald valley floor to the pass village of Splügen (1475 m). From here the route climbs south to the 2115 m Splügen summit and then descends through the gorge in Val Cardinello and forested Val San Giacomo to Chiavenna.

The route follows historic mule trails, with its most spectacular sections in the Viamala, Rofla and Val Cardinello. Despite its difficulties, the route has been popular since ancient times, already recorded in the Roman Empire’s list of arterial roads as it formed an almost dead-straight link between southern Germany and Lombardy.

Path and road construction, transport services and trading traffic, spiritual exchange and creative artistic power have influenced the picture of the landscape and settlements, as well as improving living standards and broadening horizons for local farmers. The church in Zillis with its world-famous Romanesque ceiling paintings forms the artistic highlight of this route, which links three Alpine linguistic and cultural regions.
The ViaSpluga is a culturally historic hiking path which taps the history of the region around the Splügenpass. This direct route from southern Germany to Lombardy has linked the fortunes of the Rhaeto-Romanic, Walser and Lombardy people since the Middle Ages.
The ViaSpluga runs from Thusis over the Splügelnpass to Chiavenna in Italy. For around 65 km it follows the former main trading route from Thusis into Domleschg in Graubunden.

Right at the start the trail negotiates the dramatic Viamala, the most famous gorge on the Splügen route. It then leads through Zillis and Andeer, passing villages on the Schamserberg until the inviting valley narrows at the difficult Roflaschlucht gorge. Along the sunny Rheinwald valley floor to the pass village of Splügen (1475 m). From here the route climbs south to the 2115 m Splügen summit and then descends through the gorge in Val Cardinello and forested Val San Giacomo to Chiavenna.

The route follows historic mule trails, with its most spectacular sections in the Viamala, Rofla and Val Cardinello. Despite its difficulties, the route has been popular since ancient times, already recorded in the Roman Empire’s list of arterial roads as it formed an almost dead-straight link between southern Germany and Lombardy.

Path and road construction, transport services and trading traffic, spiritual exchange and creative artistic power have influenced the picture of the landscape and settlements, as well as improving living standards and broadening horizons for local farmers. The church in Zillis with its world-famous Romanesque ceiling paintings forms the artistic highlight of this route, which links three Alpine linguistic and cultural regions.
68 km | 4 Stages
3300 m | 3600 m
medium (mountain hiking trail) | difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Thusis
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Services

Accommodation

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
Hof Familie Juon
Hof Familie Juon
Zillis-Reischen
Camping Andeer
Camping Andeer
Andeer
Herberge zum Tobel
Herberge zum Tobel
Sufers
Camping + Ferienlager Splügen
Camping + Ferienlager Splügen
Splügen
Hotel Piz Tambo
Hotel Piz Tambo
Splügen
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Bookable offers

viaSpluga - cultural and historic hiking trail
viaSpluga - cultural and historic hiking trail
50 Via Spluga
50 Via Spluga
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Places

Thusis
Thusis
Andeer
Andeer
Splügen
Splügen
Chiavenna (I)
Chiavenna (I)
Isola (I)
Isola (I)
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Places of interest

Hohen Rätien Castle
Hohen Rätien Castle
Pumppark Sils i.D.
Pumppark Sils i.D.
Viamala Gorge
Viamala Gorge
St Martin's church Zillis
St Martin's church Zillis
Viamala – from a bad to a good route
Viamala – from a bad to a good route
Beverin Nature Park
Beverin Nature Park
Roffla Gorge
Roffla Gorge
Splügen Pass trade route
Splügen Pass trade route
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Swimming

Mineral Spa Andeer
Mineral Spa Andeer
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Signalization

Signalization
For hiking, follow the logo indicated on the yellow signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your hike for safety's sake.
Signalization