By bicycle through RhB country
It is not only the view from the railway carriage that reveals the natural beauty of Graubünden: the more than 4,000 kilometre long network of marked cycle tracks beside the RhB railway lines allows the canton to be discovered on two wheels. And when your legs get tired of pedalling it is just a question of loading the bicycle onto the train. Contura presents two inviting routes – one for those wishing to take it easy, the other for more enthusiastic cyclists.
For occasional cyclists: Chur – Thusis
Length: 26 km | Difficulty: average | Condition: average
Did you know that Chur was awarded the "Prix Velostadt" 2014 in the category for medium-sized towns? Thus it is clear: the Alpine town is the perfect starting point for a bicycle tour. The first stage of the Graubünden route leaves the charming capital of the canton in the direction of the 'Polenweg' (or 'Polish Path'). The name refers to forest trails, field tracks and roads, which were laid and constructed by interned soldiers of the second Polish Cavalry Division during World War II. This includes – amongst others – the track from Domat/Ems to Rothenbrunnen. There is only a slight incline allowing you to enjoy the breath-taking view of the meandering Hinterrhein whilst on your bicycle tour. And soon you will see the blossoming orchard of Graubünden, as the Domleschg region is also known. Around 120 different types of apple and pear are cultivated here. Guarded by castles and Piz Beverin, the end is almost in sight: Thusis, the cultural focal point of the region.
For enthusiastic cyclists: St. Moritz – Scuol
Length: 68 km | Difficulty: average | Condition: difficult
Anyone wishing to undertake a more strenuous tour can choose the route from St. Moritz – Scuol. This takes in part of the Inn cycle route beside the rushing Inn River from Maloja to Martina. Setting off from noble St. Moritz, the route passes the gleaming lake and the Stazerwald to continue down to Samedan. Admire the magnificent patrician houses in La Punt Chamues-ch before the natural beauty of the canton comes into view once again on a short up and down along the edge of the Swiss National Park. From Zernez, the valley gets narrower – and the Inn wilder. Hard pedalling is now required as you tackle the 287-meter-high climb from Lavin to Guarda. But the reward for this effort is the sight of the Engadin picture book village and the ever-changing terraced landscape. The downhill stage to Ardez gives your legs time to regain their strength in preparation for the final ascent to Ftan – where the end of the tour is just a stone's throw away: the five kilometres down to Scuol is now just a breeze. What could be more rewarding after this sporting achievement than to immerse yourself in the warm waters of the thermal bath in Scuol?