Region & people
Graubünden is at home in the southeast of Switzerland, in the Alps. High peaks and deep gorges characterise the canton. We move in the source region of the Rhine, which has some well-known names in winter tourism with Flims-Laax-Falera and Disentis-Sedrun. But in summer the region is still largely undiscovered and is perfect for a cultural and scenic tour of discovery.
The Surselva lies along the Vorderrhein and surprises with “Rumantsch”. Rhaeto-Romanic is the official language in the Canton of Graubünden alongside German and Italian, and at federal level it is the fourth national language of Switzerland alongside German, French and Italian.
On the high plateau of Obersaxen we follow in the footsteps of the Walser. The Walser are an Alemannic ethnic group who settled in Alpine regions from the late High Middle Ages onwards. Their descendants still speak an Alemannic dialect in many places and have replaced the traditional Rhaeto-Romanic.
Ilanz, the first town on the Rhine, is the gateway to the Rhine Gorge. The Ruinaulta is a gorge of the Vorderrhein up to 400 metres deep and around 13 kilometres long between Ilanz and the mouth of the Hinterrhein near Reichenau.
The fruit and Burgenland Domleschg also has its own charm and the historically grown trading town of Thusis offers a far-reaching view of the Beverin Nature Park.
The ascent from Thusis to Lenzerheide will not only challenge us on the bike, but also on the “Alter Schin”, far off the beaten tourist track, will bring us closer to a contemporary witness of traffic history. Here we are in the Gravelbike Paradies.
This is Graubünden. Here we are in the Gravel Paradise.