Chur – Ilanz
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Between the Alpine town of Chur and Ilanz there are 35 kilometres and 500 metres of altitude difference – if you choose the direct route. On this gravel bike tour you will diligently collect additional kilos and altitude meters thanks to a worthwhile additional loop into the Safiental.
Coordinates 46.861349, 9.50708
You roll off in Chur (593 m above.M sea level) and drive along the Rhine on the cycle path to Reichenau, where the Vorderrhein and hinterrheins converge. On side roads it goes along the cycle path number 3 to Bonaduz (662 m above sea level.M.). Here you reach the spectacular road through the Ruinaulta. The Rhine Gorge, with its 300 meter high rock faces and rock formations, is also called the "Swiss Grand Canyon". Take a little break to enjoy one of the most diverse landscapes in the Alps. Over the bridge at the end of the first short descent you reach a short incline with magnificent hairpin bends, which leads to Versam (909 m above sea level.M). Right at the entrance to the village turn off in the direction of Safiental and follow the mountain bike route no. 157 "Calörtsch". Via Arezen you can reach the Maiensässen near Calörtsch (1401 m above sea level) on natural roads through forests and meadows.M. Here you have a particularly impressive panoramic view of the Flimserstein. Following the MTB route, a short forest path through the Calörtscher forest (1580 m above sea.M level) takes you back to a road that takes you to the idyllic village of Brno (1287 m above sea level.M). On the fast descent from Brno you will return to the cycle route 3, which you follow in the direction of Valendas (809 m above sea level.M.). Valendas delights not only with countless well-preserved mansions, but also with the largest wooden fountain in Europe. From here, follow the cycle route to Ilanz (699 m above sea level.M), the first town on the Rhine. From Ilanz you can comfortably take the Rhaetian Railway back to the starting point Chur.
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