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Stage 4, Turrahus–Safien Platz
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Walserweg
Stage 5, Safien Platz–Thusis
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Walserweg Safiental
Walserweg Safiental
Stage 2, Tenna–Safien Platz
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Walserweg Safiental
Walserweg Safiental
Stage 3, Safien Platz–Safien (Turrahus)
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Via Capricorn
Via Capricorn
Stage 1, Wergenstein–Glaspass
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Via Capricorn
Via Capricorn
Stage 2, Glaspass–Turrahus
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Alpine Passes Trail
Alpine Passes Trail
Stage 6, Splügen–Safier Berg–Thalkirch–Camana–Safien Platz, Nühus
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Alpine Passes Trail
Alpine Passes Trail
Stage 7, Safien Platz, Nühus–Güner Lücklil–Duvin–Peiden Bad–Vella
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Heinzenberger Gratweg
Heinzenberger Gratweg
Route 763, Obertschappina–Präz
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Erlebnisweg Glaspass
Erlebnisweg Glaspass
Route 690, Tschappina, Glaspass–Tschappina, Glaspass
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Safien-Platz

Safien-Platz

The remote Safiental, a side valley in Graubunden’s Surselva region, with the village of Safien Platz, is strongly marked by Walser culture. The valley, left largely to nature, is an extremely beautiful hiking area with little-known passes.
As it says on the Safiental website, «You don’t end up here by accident»! And that is absolutely true, because first you have to find the small side valley in Graubunden’s Surselva region: at Versam in the middle of the Rhineschlucht gorge, a narrow, winding and steep road with many tunnels branches off south into the Safiental Valley. In addition, a few daily postbus courses ensure a minimum public transport service from Versam railway station to Thalkirch at 1700 m altitude at the end of the valley.

A visit to the remote Safiental presents a challenge in terms of transport but is all the more worthwhile in terms of scenery. The valley is carved deep into the soft Graubunden slate. At the centre of the foot of the slope is Safien Platz (1296 m), the main settlement in the valley and the only one that can really be called a village. All other settlements lie scattered in the various hollows at between 1400 and 1800 m altitude. Deep ravines with avalanche passages and landslide gullies separate the individual farmsteads and hollows.

The region was originally farmed by Latin races, a fact reflected in the old geographical names. When the Walser folk migrated from the Upper Valais into Graubunden from the end of the 12th century and farmed the sparsely inhabited mountain region, they also settled in Safiental. The Safiental farmers mainly sold their cattle in the markets of Northern Italy but the opening of the road to Versam in 1885 led to them concentrating more and more towards the north. The valley has suffered considerable emigration over the last two centuries. The Safiental is an almost inexhaustible hiking and biking area. Old pass crossings and Roman roads lead over the Tomülpass into the Valsertal, over the Glaspass to Heinzenberg and Thusis and over the Safierberg to Splügen.

By December at the latest, meadows, woodlands and mountains sink beneath a thick blanket of snow. The tranquillity of the valley can be enjoyed on lonely winter walks. Those seeking a challenge can climb the icefalls at the end of the valley or strap on touring skis, cross-country skis or snowshoes.

Highlights

  • Walser house «Nüw Hus» in Innercamana – in 1911 the last occupants of the «Nüw Hus» moved out. As no building work whatsoever has been done since, the house is in its original state and constitutes a unique and authentic historic building.
  • Passes – as remote as the Safiental Valley may seem today, it was once firmly linked to the outside world by mule trails over passes that are little-known today.
  • Rheinschlucht gorge – impressive rock formations created by the Flims rockfall between Ilanz and Reichenau. Best seen from a train window or a rubber dinghy.
The remote Safiental, a side valley in Graubunden’s Surselva region, with the village of Safien Platz, is strongly marked by Walser culture. The valley, left largely to nature, is an extremely beautiful hiking area with little-known passes.
As it says on the Safiental website, «You don’t end up here by accident»! And that is absolutely true, because first you have to find the small side valley in Graubunden’s Surselva region: at Versam in the middle of the Rhineschlucht gorge, a narrow, winding and steep road with many tunnels branches off south into the Safiental Valley. In addition, a few daily postbus courses ensure a minimum public transport service from Versam railway station to Thalkirch at 1700 m altitude at the end of the valley.

A visit to the remote Safiental presents a challenge in terms of transport but is all the more worthwhile in terms of scenery. The valley is carved deep into the soft Graubunden slate. At the centre of the foot of the slope is Safien Platz (1296 m), the main settlement in the valley and the only one that can really be called a village. All other settlements lie scattered in the various hollows at between 1400 and 1800 m altitude. Deep ravines with avalanche passages and landslide gullies separate the individual farmsteads and hollows.

The region was originally farmed by Latin races, a fact reflected in the old geographical names. When the Walser folk migrated from the Upper Valais into Graubunden from the end of the 12th century and farmed the sparsely inhabited mountain region, they also settled in Safiental. The Safiental farmers mainly sold their cattle in the markets of Northern Italy but the opening of the road to Versam in 1885 led to them concentrating more and more towards the north. The valley has suffered considerable emigration over the last two centuries. The Safiental is an almost inexhaustible hiking and biking area. Old pass crossings and Roman roads lead over the Tomülpass into the Valsertal, over the Glaspass to Heinzenberg and Thusis and over the Safierberg to Splügen.

By December at the latest, meadows, woodlands and mountains sink beneath a thick blanket of snow. The tranquillity of the valley can be enjoyed on lonely winter walks. Those seeking a challenge can climb the icefalls at the end of the valley or strap on touring skis, cross-country skis or snowshoes.

Highlights

  • Walser house «Nüw Hus» in Innercamana – in 1911 the last occupants of the «Nüw Hus» moved out. As no building work whatsoever has been done since, the house is in its original state and constitutes a unique and authentic historic building.
  • Passes – as remote as the Safiental Valley may seem today, it was once firmly linked to the outside world by mule trails over passes that are little-known today.
  • Rheinschlucht gorge – impressive rock formations created by the Flims rockfall between Ilanz and Reichenau. Best seen from a train window or a rubber dinghy.

Arrival and return Safien-Platz

Adresse

Safiental Tourismus
Haus Signina
7104 Versam
Tel. +41 (0)81 630 60 16
info@safiental.ch
www.safiental.ch

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B&B Buchli-Wieland
B&B Buchli-Wieland
Valendas
Camping Carrera
Camping Carrera
Valendas
Gästehaus Wanna
Gästehaus Wanna
Thalkirch
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Places of interest

On the «Polenweg» over the Tomülpass
On the «Polenweg» over the Tomülpass
Versamer Gorge – a daring passageway
Versamer Gorge – a daring passageway
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Hiking in

Safien-Platz
Walserweg
Walserweg
Stage 4, Turrahus–Safien Platz
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Walserweg
Walserweg
Stage 5, Safien Platz–Thusis
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Walserweg Safiental
Walserweg Safiental
Stage 2, Tenna–Safien Platz
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Walserweg Safiental
Walserweg Safiental
Stage 3, Safien Platz–Safien (Turrahus)
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Via Capricorn
Via Capricorn
Stage 1, Wergenstein–Glaspass
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Via Capricorn
Via Capricorn
Stage 2, Glaspass–Turrahus
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Alpine Passes Trail
Alpine Passes Trail
Stage 6, Splügen–Safier Berg–Thalkirch–Camana–Safien Platz, Nühus
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Alpine Passes Trail
Alpine Passes Trail
Stage 7, Safien Platz, Nühus–Güner Lücklil–Duvin–Peiden Bad–Vella
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Heinzenberger Gratweg
Heinzenberger Gratweg
Route 763, Obertschappina–Präz
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Erlebnisweg Glaspass
Erlebnisweg Glaspass
Route 690, Tschappina, Glaspass–Tschappina, Glaspass
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Mountain biking in

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Alpine Bike
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