Viamala Canyon

Via Mala – welcome to the South

The warm light of Tuscany and the gentle splendour of Venice: in culture-historical terms, southern Europe is often associated with aspiration and beauty. The Via Mala leads into this southern region, but it doesn’t yet reach the sea; it must first wind its way between rock faces. Flowing downhill, on the other hand, is the Hinterrhein River – although in reality, this flows into the high northern regions. And so, the Via Mala joins northern and southern Europe, forming a giant open-air museum of the region’s transportation history. Here, the gorge is presented in detail, with appropriate information on orientation. the Association of the Via Mala Cultural Region (‘Verein Kulturraum Viamala’) wishes you all the best in your discoveries, with experiences to treasure.

This is the general information written on a board directly at the main point of the Viamala Canyon. Viamala or Via Mala refers to a previously infamous, approximately eight-kilometer stretch along the Hinterrhein between Thusis and Zillis-Reischen in the Swiss canton of Grisons (or as we call it: Graubünden). The deep gorge forms the most difficult obstacle in the course of the lower road from Chur to the Alpine passes Splügen and San Bernardino.

And this is how we got there (A):

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