Rhine Gorge

Through Switzerland’s Grand Canyon

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Ruinaulta is the name given to the monumental Rhine Gorge between Ilanz and Reichenau in the local Romansh dialect. You will see rare birds, white rock faces and bizarre geological formations in the Swiss Grand Canyon that can only be crossed on foot, by bike, train or boat.

What started out with the Flims Rockslide is now a unique natural backdrop: over a period of 10,000 years, the Rhine has pushed its way through the rock between Ilanz and Reichenau. The result is a gorge that is quite rightly known as the Swiss Grand Canyon. Train passengers, hikers and rafters cleave their way through the bizarre geological formations surrounded by old pine trees.

Discover the Ruinaulta at your leisure. There is a dense network of hiking trails, various bike tours and attractive picnic areas waiting to be visited in the forests and along the Vorderrhein River. With the Ruinaulta Ticket, you can travel into and out of the gorge as many times as you want.

Tip: Travel through the Surselva region on two wheels – with the graubündenPASS Bike.

New from June: Rhine Gorge bus taxi

From June to October 2017 a new bus taxi service will be running between the Rhine Gorge and the village of Valendas and the hamlet of Brün. In a test service, a mini bus (8 seats) will be running in the morning from Wednesday to Sunday to take day trippers and hikers from Valendas-Sagogn station at 670 metres above sea level to Valendas Dorf and on to Brün at 1 300 metres above sea level via Carrera/Camping. Valendas and Brün are excellent starting points for attractive hikes for example to the Tenner Chrüz viewing point and on to Tenna. From here you can take the PostBus back to the Rhine Gorge and to Versam station.

The mini bus can also be used as a taxi in the Rhine Gorge area on Monday and Tuesday as well as in the afternoons and evenings from Wednesday to Sunday providing it is arranged in advanced and a driver is available (please call +41 (0)79 257 67 35 with your inquiries).

Test operation 2017 (Wednesday-Sunday, June-October)

Arrival trainDeparture busValendas DorfCarrera/CampinBrün
08.20 / 08.31outward
09.20 / 08.31outward
10.20 / 10.31outward
11.20 / 11.31outward

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Discover the unique nature of the Rhine Gorge by train, on foot, by bike or by boat.

Train journey Reichenau – Tamins – Ilanz

You will travel through the untamed Rhine Gorge, along the turquoise-green waters of the Rhine, past rock walls known as 'ruinas' up to 350 metres high.


Hike from Versam-Safien to Valendas-Sagogn

The only way through the Rhine Gorge is by train, bike, boat – or on foot. The hiking trail starts at the idyllic railway station in Versam-Safien and follows the Rhine in the direction of Valendas. Passing RhB trains keep you company. The railway line runs parallel to the hiking trail. There are numerous spots along the way where you can stop for a break. And if your legs get tired, you can easily hop on board the RhB.


Rhine Gorge cycle tour

High above the Rhine Gorge on two wheels: the cycle tour with panoramic views runs alongside the road from Ilanz to Bonaduz. It's worth taking a quick breather at the Zault viewing platform at the entrance to the Rhine Gorge: the spiral platform offers spectacular views of the Ruinaulta. And if your legs grow tired, you can hop on board a train at any time.


Lake Cauma

In the middle of a tranquil fir wood, it shimmers: Lake Cauma, the pearl of Flims, an oasis of relaxation. Thanks to its turquoise-green glittering waters, it is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful lakes in which to bathe in Switzerland. It can be reached in just a few minutes on foot from Flims Waldhaus. The restaurant serves refreshing cocktails and genuine Flims beer.


River Rafting

A wet and wonderful adventure: river rafting on the Vorderrhein is fun. Turbulent rapids alternate with calmer stretches of water – all against the backdrop of a magnificent landscape. Various providers organise guided tours.


Chrummwag Versam-Safien

Admittedly, the Rhine is wild and cold here – not for wimps! But on really hot summer days there is nothing more refreshing than a quick plunge in the water at this spot before stretching out on a sandbank in the sun. The idyllic path from Versam-Safien railway station leads along the Rhine. It takes around 20 minutes to reach the Chrummwag headland.

«Il Spir» viewing platform

A bird's eye view for miles and miles: 180-degree panoramic views can be enjoyed from the «Il Spir» viewing platform, the name given to the Common Swift in Romansh. Chur-based architect Corinna Menn designed the platform, which can be easily reached from Flims Waldhaus via a pushchair-friendly hiking trail.


Culinary Trail

Experience landscape and culinary attractions on the «Woods & Water» gourmet trail, which combines a gentle hike with a three-course meal. Each of the three courses featuring local specialities is enjoyed at a different stop along the trail: Flims Waldhaus, Conn in the Rhine Gorge and at Lake Cauma.


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Rhine Gorge Ticket

Discovering the Rhine Gorge: enjoy unlimited travel through the Rhine Gorge (Ruinaulta) for a whole day. More information on the Rhine Gorge Ticket.

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Buy your ticket directly in our Ticket Shop.

Tickets and further information can be obtained at all staffed stations of the Rhaetian Railway, by calling Railservice on +41 81 288 65 65, or by using the contact form.


Timetable information can be found here