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Thusis lies at the northern entrance to the spectacular Viamala gorge on the Hinterrhein river. The Graubunden town is the departure point of the Albula Railway, many pass roads and excursions to the Heinzerberg area and Domleschg with its many castles.
Thusis had to be partly rebuilt after a devastating fire in 1845. The Neudorf district of the town was built in a dead-straight line along a main road running north to south. The buildings, constructed in an elegant style influenced by nearby Italy, testify to the affluence and self-assurance of that time: because, until the opening of the Gotthard Railway in 1882 and the completion of the Albula Railway in 1903, Thusis was an important station for goods and passenger transport from Southern Germany to Italy by horse-drawn wagon and coach.

Places of interest in Thusis include the late-Gothic parish church from 1506 (spacious and light with open chancel and good acoustics), the 17th- century Rosenroll house, the small baroque castle from 1727 and the ruins of Obertagstein Castle high above the town. In the surrounding area, the frescoes in the chapel above Dusch are well worth a visit.

The Viamala, 4 km south of Thusis is the largest and most impressive gorge in Canton Graubünden. Rock walls up to 300 metres high line the gorge, which is just a few metres wide in places. As early as Roman times, the Viamala was a part of important north-south routes but only negotiable at great risk to humans and animals. Today, the secured descent via 321 steps is open from April to November. Remains of Roman roads can be explored. Several bridges span the narrow ravine at a height of 70 metres, affording impressive views of the foaming waters below. The canyon can be experienced close at hand: with rope, climbing harness, helmet and thick neoprene wetsuit you can get to the bottom of the canyon.

Thusis is becoming increasingly popular with tourists because of its varied countryside, with Domleschg (the orchard of Graubunden with castles and fortresses), Heinzenberg (family-friendly skiing area), Piz Beverin (easily reached scenic mountain) and Hohenrätien Castle. Thusis and its surroundings are seventh heaven for hikers and bikers, offering an over 350 km network of trails. Thusis is also the northern departure point for the long-distance hike on the «Via Spluga» from Thusis over the Splügenpass to Chiavenna in Italy.

Highlights

  • Viamala – a narrow gorge enclosed by rock walls up to 300 m high; The «Schlechter Weg» (evil path) was for centuries a much-feared section of north-south transit routes over the Alps.
  • St. Martins Church in Zillis – the well-preserved, late Romanesque timber ceiling from the 12th century, completely painted with 153 pictures, is considered to be one of the oldest of its kind in the Western World, a cultural heritage of international importance.
  • Via Spluga – cultural and long-distance hike from Thusis through the Viamala over the Splügenpass to the small Italian town of Chiavenna.
Thusis lies at the northern entrance to the spectacular Viamala gorge on the Hinterrhein river. The Graubunden town is the departure point of the Albula Railway, many pass roads and excursions to the Heinzerberg area and Domleschg with its many castles.
Thusis had to be partly rebuilt after a devastating fire in 1845. The Neudorf district of the town was built in a dead-straight line along a main road running north to south. The buildings, constructed in an elegant style influenced by nearby Italy, testify to the affluence and self-assurance of that time: because, until the opening of the Gotthard Railway in 1882 and the completion of the Albula Railway in 1903, Thusis was an important station for goods and passenger transport from Southern Germany to Italy by horse-drawn wagon and coach.

Places of interest in Thusis include the late-Gothic parish church from 1506 (spacious and light with open chancel and good acoustics), the 17th- century Rosenroll house, the small baroque castle from 1727 and the ruins of Obertagstein Castle high above the town. In the surrounding area, the frescoes in the chapel above Dusch are well worth a visit.

The Viamala, 4 km south of Thusis is the largest and most impressive gorge in Canton Graubünden. Rock walls up to 300 metres high line the gorge, which is just a few metres wide in places. As early as Roman times, the Viamala was a part of important north-south routes but only negotiable at great risk to humans and animals. Today, the secured descent via 321 steps is open from April to November. Remains of Roman roads can be explored. Several bridges span the narrow ravine at a height of 70 metres, affording impressive views of the foaming waters below. The canyon can be experienced close at hand: with rope, climbing harness, helmet and thick neoprene wetsuit you can get to the bottom of the canyon.

Thusis is becoming increasingly popular with tourists because of its varied countryside, with Domleschg (the orchard of Graubunden with castles and fortresses), Heinzenberg (family-friendly skiing area), Piz Beverin (easily reached scenic mountain) and Hohenrätien Castle. Thusis and its surroundings are seventh heaven for hikers and bikers, offering an over 350 km network of trails. Thusis is also the northern departure point for the long-distance hike on the «Via Spluga» from Thusis over the Splügenpass to Chiavenna in Italy.

Highlights

  • Viamala – a narrow gorge enclosed by rock walls up to 300 m high; The «Schlechter Weg» (evil path) was for centuries a much-feared section of north-south transit routes over the Alps.
  • St. Martins Church in Zillis – the well-preserved, late Romanesque timber ceiling from the 12th century, completely painted with 153 pictures, is considered to be one of the oldest of its kind in the Western World, a cultural heritage of international importance.
  • Via Spluga – cultural and long-distance hike from Thusis through the Viamala over the Splügenpass to the small Italian town of Chiavenna.

Arrival and return Thusis

Adresse

Viamala Tourismus
Äussere Bahnhofstrasse 4
7430 Thusis
Tel. +41 (0)81 650 90 30
info@viamala.ch
www.viamala.ch

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Hotel Weiss Kreuz Thusis AG
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Stage 6, Thusis–Obermutten
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