Ruinaulta - Switzerland's Grand Canyon


The Ruinaulta owes its existence to the Flimser landslide 10,000 years ago, when 10,000 million cubic meters of rock thundered into the valley. The canyon-like ravine in the Vorderrhein Valley can be reached on foot, across the water, by train or by bike.

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The Rhaeto-Romanic speaking inhabitants of the Vorderrhein ravine call it Ruinaulta, a word meaning high heap of rubble. And it is true that the bizarre white rock formations consist of debris produced by a prehistoric landslide, through which the Rhine has slowly and sinuously eaten its way.

What has come into being is a natural, magical place full of mysterious lakes in the Mountain Forest, rare orchids and breeding grounds for endangered species of birds. Further below, gently sloping sand banks alternate with wild rapids and make the region of the Rhine gorge an adventure for hikers, bikers, rafters, canoers, nature lovers and explorers alike.

Ruinaulta experience

2 days/1 night from CHF 250.- per person in double room


Day 1:
Individual rail journey from your place of residence in Switzerland to Ilanz. Check in at the hotel. Then you travel by train from Ilanz to Disentis. There you receive your e-bike and ride back to Ilanz. The rest of the day is free for you to do as you wish. Overnight stay with breakfast at the hotel in Ilanz.

Day 2:
Enjoy the second day as you see fit and use the Ruinaulta ticket. Our tip is to take the Rhine Gorge walk via Flims to turquoise blue Lake Cauma. Then individual return journey by rail to your place of residence in Switzerland.

Included services
  • 1 night stay with breakfast in Ilanz at the ****Hotel Eden Montana
  • Train journey in 2nd class (using the Half-Fare travelcard) from the place of residence in Switzerland to Ilanz and back to the place of residence, via the usual route
  • Ilanz–Disentis rail ticket, 2nd class, based on the Half-Fare travelcard
  • E-bike rental from Disentis to Ilanz on the 1st day
  • Ruinaulta ticket for the Rhine Gorge walk on the 2nd day
Price per person in double room: CHF 250.-

Valid : 01.05.2013 – 31.10.2013

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