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Behind the scenes with the Benedictines
Have you ever wanted to see inside a monastery?
Then this is the place for you. The Benedictine Abbey of Disentis opens its doors: admire the baroque church at the oldest monastery in the Swiss canton of Graubünden. The museum is a real treasure chest: the exhibition illustrates the cultural and natural history of the Surselva region and tells the story of the Benedictine Order in Disentis, which dates back around 1,400 years. In the Pilgersaal (or Pilgrims' Hall) you can enjoy a "marenda", a typical afternoon snack with bread freshly baked on the premises.
The stretch of line between Chur and Disentis features numerous highlights along the route.
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.
Old Town of Ilanz
Ilanz, the first sizeable town on the Rhine, lies at the heart of the Surselva region. In the picturesque old town, buildings from the 16th and 17th centuries survive intact alongside two former city gates. Strolling through the lanes you will discover small shops, local handicrafts and artists' studios. The "Museum Regiunal Surselva" illustrates the history of the area.
Source of the Rhine at Lake Toma
One of Europe's mightiest rivers has its source in a small lake high up in the Surselva region. A lighthouse on the Oberalp Pass marks the source of the Rhine, as it starts its 1,233-kilometre journey to the North Sea at Rotterdam. From the top of the pass you can hike to Lake Toma in one-and-a-half hours.
Greina high plateau
The six-kilometre-long high plateau links the cantons of Graubünden and Ticino. For hikers, the original tundra landscape is the starting point for various hiking trails. Alongside its unique biodiversity, the Greina plateau is also home to several SAC mountain huts.
- Care in the Stiva Retica by hostess
- Guided tour in the monastery church
- Visit of the monastery museum
- Snack at the pilgrim living room (plate of cold cuts and homemade monastery bread)
|Example price per person in CHF|
Package price Stive Retica CHF 2150.00
*Price basis: 30 persons
Price excl. consumption in the Stiva Retica
Also bookable with Alpine Classic Pullman, Piano Bar or Gourmino