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Hiking

ViaSett

ViaSett

Chur–Chiavenna (I)

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ViaSett

ViaSett

Cross the Septimer on foot, from one Alpine town to another: the route runs from Chur through the Churwalden Valley, Lenzerheide, Surses in Parc Ela and Bregaglia to Chiavenna (Italy). Explore three linguistic and cultural regions and a diverse cultural landscape – from pastures to chestnut groves.
The Septimer was one of the most important Alpine passes even in Roman times, but in the High Middle Ages above all, it was a key trading route and brought wealth to the Bishop of Chur. Traders, armies, kings and emperors all crossed the Alps via the Septimer route. Its advantages were the convenient location with a direct north-south link and ideal topographical conditions. Finds of lead slingshot on the Septimer bear witness to the fact that the Roman army made early use of the pass.

Today, the Septimer is one of Switzerland’s most diverse long-distance hiking routes. From Chur, the capital of Graubünden to Chiavenna in Italy, the Via Sett gradually traces a chequered history across the Alps. Archaeological sites, mansions and muleteers’ houses, horse-changing stations, churches and historic pathways still serve as vivid reminders of this route’s former importance.

The cultural landscape is just as rich as the architectural and cultural history. There is plenty to discover, including the old towns of Chur and Chiavenna, Churwalden Abbey, stone pine and larch forests and the sunny high valley of Surses, where the artist Giovanni Segantini once worked. At the top of the pass, there are remains of the first pass hospice, built around 1100. Visitor attractions in Bregaglia include Giovanni Giacometti’s studio in Stampa, the Palazzo Castelmur in Coltura and the «Müraia» Roman dam near Promontogno. Equally spectacular are the roaring waterfalls of Acquafraggia and the glacier mills in the «Marmitte dei Giganti» park near Chiavenna. For a delicious end to the tour, hikers can visit the typical «Crotti di Chiavenna», where wine, cheese and meat are stored and sold in natural rock caves.
Cross the Septimer on foot, from one Alpine town to another: the route runs from Chur through the Churwalden Valley, Lenzerheide, Surses in Parc Ela and Bregaglia to Chiavenna (Italy). Explore three linguistic and cultural regions and a diverse cultural landscape – from pastures to chestnut groves.
The Septimer was one of the most important Alpine passes even in Roman times, but in the High Middle Ages above all, it was a key trading route and brought wealth to the Bishop of Chur. Traders, armies, kings and emperors all crossed the Alps via the Septimer route. Its advantages were the convenient location with a direct north-south link and ideal topographical conditions. Finds of lead slingshot on the Septimer bear witness to the fact that the Roman army made early use of the pass.

Today, the Septimer is one of Switzerland’s most diverse long-distance hiking routes. From Chur, the capital of Graubünden to Chiavenna in Italy, the Via Sett gradually traces a chequered history across the Alps. Archaeological sites, mansions and muleteers’ houses, horse-changing stations, churches and historic pathways still serve as vivid reminders of this route’s former importance.

The cultural landscape is just as rich as the architectural and cultural history. There is plenty to discover, including the old towns of Chur and Chiavenna, Churwalden Abbey, stone pine and larch forests and the sunny high valley of Surses, where the artist Giovanni Segantini once worked. At the top of the pass, there are remains of the first pass hospice, built around 1100. Visitor attractions in Bregaglia include Giovanni Giacometti’s studio in Stampa, the Palazzo Castelmur in Coltura and the «Müraia» Roman dam near Promontogno. Equally spectacular are the roaring waterfalls of Acquafraggia and the glacier mills in the «Marmitte dei Giganti» park near Chiavenna. For a delicious end to the tour, hikers can visit the typical «Crotti di Chiavenna», where wine, cheese and meat are stored and sold in natural rock caves.
110 km | 6 Stages
4900 m | 5100 m
medium (mountain hiking trail) | difficult

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Accommodation

Ambiente Hotel Freieck
Ambiente Hotel Freieck
Chur
Hotel Chur
Hotel Chur
Chur
Hotel Drei Könige
Hotel Drei Könige
Chur
Hotel Post
Hotel Post
Chur
Hotel Alpina
Hotel Alpina
Parpan
Jugendherberge Valbella-Lenzerheide
Jugendherberge Valbella-Lenzerheide
Valbella
Hotel Seehof
Hotel Seehof
Valbella
Hotel Albula & Julier
Hotel Albula & Julier
Tiefencastel
Hotel Rätia
Hotel Rätia
Tiefencastel
Biohof Salis
Biohof Salis
Bivio
Hotel Post
Hotel Post
Bivio
Hotel-Restaurant Guidon
Hotel-Restaurant Guidon
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64 Naturpark Parc Ela-Angebot: ViaSett Chur-Chiavenna
64 Naturpark Parc Ela-Angebot: ViaSett Chur-Chiavenna
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Places

Chur – the Alpine City
Chur – the Alpine City
Lenzerheide
Lenzerheide
Tiefencastel
Tiefencastel
Alp Flix
Alp Flix
Bivio
Bivio
Savognin
Savognin
Soglio
Soglio
Vicosoprano
Vicosoprano
Chiavenna (I)
Chiavenna (I)
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Places of interest

Pumptrack Segnes Chur
Pumptrack Segnes Chur
Grisons Museum of Fine Arts
Grisons Museum of Fine Arts
Alpenbikepark Chur
Alpenbikepark Chur
Grisons Museum of Natural History
Grisons Museum of Natural History
Old Town Chur
Old Town Chur
Rhaetian Museum
Rhaetian Museum
St Maria Himmelfahrt Cathedral Chur
St Maria Himmelfahrt Cathedral Chur
Pradaschier - toboggan run
Pradaschier - toboggan run
Pumptrack Parpan
Pumptrack Parpan
Bikepark Lenzerheide
Bikepark Lenzerheide
St Peter's Church, Mistail
St Peter's Church, Mistail
Crossing Septimerpass like the Romans
Crossing Septimerpass like the Romans
Lake Lai Barnagn
Lake Lai Barnagn
Parc Ela
Parc Ela
Riom Castle
Riom Castle
Sweet chestnut forest Bergell
Sweet chestnut forest Bergell
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Swimming

Obere Au Chur adventure bath and indoor swimming pool
Obere Au Chur adventure bath and indoor swimming pool
Sand Chur outdoor swimming pool
Sand Chur outdoor swimming pool
Churwalden outdoor swimming pool
Churwalden outdoor swimming pool
Spa Pool H2Lai Lenzerheide
Spa Pool H2Lai Lenzerheide
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Signalization

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