Chur - Ilanz
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Between the Alpine town of Chur and Ilanz are 35 kilometres and 500 metres of altitude – if you choose the direct route. On this Gravelbike tour, you will earn an extra kilo and altitude thanks to a rewarding additional loop into the Safiental.
Coordinates 46.861349, 9.50708
They roll off in Chur (593 m above sea level.M.) and drive along the Rhine on the cycle path to Reichenau, where the fore and back Rhine converge. On secondary roads, follow the cycle path number 3 to Bonaduz (662 m above sea level.M.). Here you will reach the spectacular road through the Ruinaulta. The Rhine Gorge, with its 300-metre-high rock faces and rock formations, is also called the "Swiss Grand Canyon". Take a short break to enjoy one of the most diverse landscapes in the Alps. Over the bridge at the end of the first short descent you will take a short climb with magnificent turns, which leads to Versam (909 m above .M.). Right at the village entrance, turn 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.M.) on natural roads through forests and meadows. Here you can see a particularly impressive panoramic view of the Flimserstein. Following the MTB route, you will take a short forest path through the Calörtscherwald (1580 m above sea level.M.) to a road that takes you to the idyllic village of Brün (1287 m above sea level.M.). On the fast descent from Brno you will return to cycle route 3, which you will 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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