Basic information about Graubünden
From lakes to peaks: the largest canton in Switzerland is home to around 937 mountain peaks, 615 lakes and 150 valleys – that speaks for itself. Furthermore, the only 4,000 metre peak in the Eastern Alps is located in Graubünden – the Piz Bernina at around 4,049 metres. Thus, the gentle sport of hiking can be undertaken particularly well in beautiful Graubünden. Since the canton lies entirely in the Alps, you will find varied flora and fauna in the region. Graubünden is particularly well known for the variety of game such as deer, chamois and ibex, as well as marmots. The nature in Graubünden offers just the right thing for every hiker who is hungry for exercise, from leisurely hiking trails to natural mountain hikes and hiking in the Alps away from the crowds. Individual active holidays in Graubünden – the perfect hiking holiday without luggage in Switzerland.
An absolute classic among hiking trails is the popular Via Spluga, 7 days. The long-distance hiking trail has a 2,000-year-old history and as a mule track was once considered the shortest route across the Alps, making it an important connection between Graubünden and Italy. But the Via Spluga not only offers cultural attractions, the hiking route also promises delights for the eyes and the palate in terms of nature and cuisine. Your first day’s stage takes you from Thusis through the once most feared section of the historic trail, over 321 stone steps and rocks to Andeer. From there you walk to Splügen and on the fourth day you can enjoy a circular hike on the plateau of the Suretta lakes. The next day you experience an alpine pass hike on the impressive mule track over the Splügen pass and later reach your stage destination Isola/Madesimo. The last day of your hiking tour takes you to southern Chiavenna, where you can experience pure Italian flair. The hiking tour can also be experienced as a hiking tour with a dog.
Alpine Panorama Trail eastern Switzerland
Our Eurohike hiking tour on the Alpine Panorama Trail, 7 days guarantees – as the name suggests - a promising and particularly natural experience in the countryside. You start your hiking holiday in Appenzell and hike on the first stage along flat paths to Urnäsch. The next route takes you up to Schwägalp and by cable car to the 2,401-metre-high Säntis with an impressive panorama of the summit. The next day also promises pure nature: you walk past enchanting alpine pastures before you reach the Toggenburg with the villages of Stein and Alt St. Johann in the evening. On the fifth day of your hiking tour, the first stage is a little steeper and higher up from Stein to the Vorderen Höhe with a magnificent view of the Glarus peaks. After a spectacular high-altitude hike around the Gulmen, it goes downhill again to Amden. Now the last stage of the day is already ahead, and you end your hiking holiday with a wonderful high-altitude hike around the northern area of the Sihlsee to Einsiedeln.
Via Albula & Bernina
Experience a masterpiece of railway construction of the Rhaetian Railway in Switzerland up close and hike in eight days and six stages along what is probably the most impressive mountain railway in the world. The king's stage is the Via Albula & Bernina long-distance hiking trail, which runs along the Albula and Bernina lines. Great landscape panoramas and wonderful routes await you on your hiking tour. Starting from Thusis, you march through the ‚Schinschlucht‘ to Tiefencastel, on to Bergün, the Mecca for railway enthusiasts, to St. Moritz, Alp Grüm, Poschiavo and to your final destination, Tirano in the Italian region of Lombardy. The best thing about this walking holiday? If you wish, you can often shorten the daily stages with the Rhaetian Railway.
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Facts and details
- Location: South eastern Switzerland, entirely in the area of the Alps
- Highest mountain: Piz Bernina at 4,049 metres, the only 4,000 metre peak in the Eastern Alps and Graubünden
- Special features: Largest prehistoric landslide in the world (Films); largest canton in Switzerland
- Climate / Time to travel: The best hiking time with mild temperatures and little rainfall is from May/June to September/October
- Cuisine: The Graubünden cuisine offers wonderful regional specialties that stand out from the usual Swiss cuisine. Typical delicacies are air-dried meat or the maluns, a well-known potato dish in the region. The Graubünden nut cake is particularly popular as a dessert and the liqueur specialty Röteli is a popular drink.
The hiking holidays Via Spluga, 7 days leads partly through alpine terrain and as a mountain hiking trail requires a good basic level of fitness as well as surefootedness and a head for heights. Appropriate hiking equipment and weather-appropriate clothing is recommended. The historically marked routes along the Via Spluga are well signposted throughout. The Alpine Panorama Trail, 7 days promises hiking enjoyment on easy hiking trails and good paths. A good basic level of fitness is required for the somewhat longer ascent and descent on the last two daily stages. Both Eurohike tours in Graubünden are possible to enjoy on a hiking holiday with a dog.
Graubünden lies entirely in the Alps and therefore offers wonderful conditions for a successful hiking holiday. Particularly beautiful hiking tours can be experienced on the Via Spluga between Thusis and Chiavenna or on the Alpine Panorama Trail from Appenzell to Einsiedeln.
The good hiking paths, dog-friendly accommodation and paw-friendly routes in Graubünden ensure a successful break for you and your dog. All our hiking tours in Graubünden are wonderfully suited for hiking with dogs.
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Graubünden is not only the largest canton in Switzerland, but also a region with perfect conditions for hiking in the open air. There are around 937 mountain peaks, 615 lakes and 150 valleys and gorges, such as the impressive Viamala Gorge, which you can experience on our hiking tour Via Spluga, 7 days. In addition, there is a pristine flora and fauna, as well as good hiking routes.
In culinary terms, the cuisine in Graubünden stands out a little from the typical Swiss cuisine. Graubünden scores with a large variety of game, which is also reflected in the food. You can taste regional specialties with air-dried meat or the maluns, a popular dish with potatoes, a dish from the original rural kitchen. The Bündner nut cake or the liqueur specialty Röteli will be just the thing for anyone with a sweet tooth.
- Our insider tip: On our hiking holiday Alpine Panorama Trail, 6 days, you can learn more about how delicious local cheeses are made in the alpine cheese dairy on the Schwägalp.
Eurohike walking holidays in Graubünden
Nature, wonderful summit panoramas and impressive high-altitude hikes – our Eurohike walking holidays in Graubünden promise all this and much more. To ensure that everything runs smoothly during your trip, we at Eurohike ensure that your active holiday is well organised. This includes our detailed travel documents, personal on-site support, cosy hotels and accommodation, as well as our reliable luggage transfer at the holiday destination. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on our service-hotline.
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