The Chur – Bellinzona Route takes you on a historical journey of discovery. Enjoy the smooth ride through contrasting scenery and climatic conditions – and a world rich in cultural variety.
The Chur–Bellinzona Route leads, from Chur, through Domleschg, the Viamala, the San-Bernardino tunnel and Misox to Bellinzona.
Discover first the extraordinary charm of Chur, Switzerland’s oldest town. Shortly after Reichenau you come to the broad Domleschg valley region, home to the largest number of castles in any one place throughout Europe. After Thusis, sidetrack with a visit to view the raging waters of Viamala Gorge, you won’t regret it! World-renowned is also the St. Martin’s church in Zillis (PostBus stop, Zillis, posta).
Indulge in wellbeing at the Andeer resort with a mineral bath, sidetrack to Juf, highest-lying community in Europe populated year-round, or get closer to marmots on the Avers trail (PostBus stop Andeer, Tgavugl). From here the wild and rugged Roffla Gorge winds its way up to Rheinwald. The Crestawald castle museum is also worth a visit (PostBus stop, Sufers) – reached after an approximately twenty-minute march on foot. Splügen warms hearts with its tidy villages and the winter promise of snow in skiing areas (PostBus stop, Splügen, Post). From here the way leads inside the famous San Bernardino Tunnel – or over the top of it between June and October – alternatively, you can switch transport and travel the Splügen Pass, direction Chiavenna.
From here the way leads through the amazing San-Bernardino Tunnel – and those keen to do the trip over the top should postpone a trip until between mid-June and mid-October – after which, you find yourself at the heart of a beautiful region for snowshoeing, mountain tours, hikes and source of pure and healthy mineral water (PostBus stop San Bernardino, Posta). And let’s not forget cultural treasures such as the San Martino church or the Burgkastell in Mesocco (PostBus stop Mesocco, Stazione). Following Grono, starting point for hikes in the wild and romantic Val Calanca; you then reach the valley bottom. And Bellinzona naturally greets you with its characteristic hospitality and warmth… and views of the famous three castles that also share a place on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
For this route, an audio guide is available on the PostBus app. The spoken information accompanies your trip and can also be downloaded beforehand on your smartphone.
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Obligatory seat reservations up until 1 hour before departure in Chur/Bellinzona.
For groups of 10 people and more, reservations through Tel. +41 58 341 34 87.
Route open all year
Travel-date details/validity: view timetable/timetable information
Limited number of bicycle transport fixtures in/on the vehicle
Limited bike transport space. Unfortunately we are not able to take reservations for bike space for the transportation of bikes.
Also see timetable 90.541 (regional routes).
Wheelchair access to the postbus guaranteed
Not all journey legs wheelchair accessible. Information through Tel. +41 58 341 34 86.
Discover the Chur-Bellinzona region on foot
- on the ViaSpluga:
Section 1 Thusis–Andeer
Section 2 Andeer–Splügen
- and on the Walserweg Path:
Section 1 San Bernardino–Hinterrhein
Section 2 Hinterrhein–Vals
Section 8 Andeer–Innerferrera
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Monday to Friday
8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
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Monday to Friday
8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday to Sunday and public holidays
8 a.m. - 12 noon / 1:15 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Bellinzona’s Castles: powerful UNESCO World Heritage views from the valley
Castelgrande, Montebello and Sasso Corbaro are the regal names that once protected the Duchy of Milan. And even today, perched on the hills above Bellinzona, they remain powerful subjects – that rightly earn their place on the UNESCO World Heritage list of places of cultural interest.
Bellinzona Tourism and EventsInternet:
St. Martin Church: hidden cultural treasure
Those who enter the inconspicuous St. Martin Church, in Zillis, discover a hidden treasure. With 153 Roman wooden panels, painted over 900 years ago, decorating the roof. And the exhibition reveals exciting information about their history.
Stiftung Kirchendecke Zillis
Aquandeer: feels like newly born
People have made pilgrimages to Andeer since a good 700 years, to both cleanse and pamper their bodies and souls in the region’s extraordinary natural mineral sources. Here, you can revel in unique views of the stunning scenery immersed in the warmth of an outdoor pool – as well as enjoy beneficial massages and much more.
Schamser Spa Andeer plc
ViaSpluga: hiking in the past
A historical traders’ path leads from Thusis over the Splügen Pass to Chiavenna; passing stunning natural sights such as the Viamala, or cultural sights such as the St. Martin Church in Zillis, along the way.
And for hundreds of years, the path served as an important pass and trade path for regional folks. Take a trip back in time to follow in the footsteps of mule drivers across Splügen Pass.
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