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tunnel. The church of(2M.) Schmitten, Roman. Ferrera (4163';
Adler; Kreuz; Krone), on a grassy hill, now becomes visible. Below
the village the Albula unites with the Landwasser.
To Filisur (p. 352). Walkers may take a footpath which diverges from
the road to the left, beyond the Schmittertobel (see below), to the W.
of the village, and descends steeply to C/jhr.) a bridge across the Land¬
wasser between Bad Alveneu and Filisur. — From Wiesen also a very
fine route for walkers crosses the Leidboden (see above) to (l'/2 hr.) Filisur
(boy as guide).
The road crosses the Schmittertobel to (l1^^.) Alveneu (4048').
To the S.E. we obtain a pleasant view of the Bergiiner Thai, separated
from the valley of the Landwasser by the Stulsergrat (8389'); in
the background rises the Albulahorn (Piz Uertsch, 10,738'). Beyond
Alveneu the road remains on the hill for a short distance, and then
descends by a long curve into the large Crapaneira- Tobel, where it
divides. [The road to Tiefenkasten (used also by the Albula dili¬
gence, p. 351) descends to Bad Alveneu (p. 352) in the Albula valley,
and leads by Surava to (frfeM.) Tiefenkasten (p. 354), 10 M. from
Wiesen.] The road to Coire follows the hill-side, and crosses a cov¬
ered wooden bridge at the base of the castle of Bel fort (3576'),
destroyed by the Swabians in 1499, a picturesque ruin in several
stories on an almost inaccessible rock. Then (3 M.) Brienz (3713'J,
and (2 M.) —
22 M. Lenz (p. 354); thence to Churwalden and (14 M.)
Coire, 36 M. from Davos-Dorfli, see R. 98.
92. From Coire to Goschenen. Oberalp.
See Maps, pp. 332, 9i.
63 M. Diligence twice daily in 14i/4 hrs. (24 fr. 25, coupe 29 fr. 30 c),
once via, Flims, and once by the new road by Bonaduz, a night in this
case being spent at Disentis. — Extra-Post with two horses from Coire
to Andermatt 157 fr., with three horses 215fr. — Carriage with one horse
from Coire to Reichenau 6 fr.; with two horses to Reichenau 12, Flims 30,
Ilanz 45, Disentis 80, Andermatt 135 fr.
The Vorder-Rheinthal (Biindner Oberland) is one of the finest valleys
in Switzerland. The tract between Reichenau and Disentis, with its numer¬
ous castles, is remarkably picturesque, especially when seen by travellers
descending the valley. The road, made chiefly for military purposes,
was completed in 1864.
Coire, see p. 322. Beyond the Plessur bridge the road diverges
to the right, passing Hosang's Stiftung (an agricultural school).
In the distance, to the right, towers the snow-clad Brigelser Horn,
(p. 335), a conspicuous feature in the landscape all the way to Trims.
Beyond the Rhine, at the foot of the Calanda (p. 317), lies the village
of Felsberg, which is menaced with a fate similar to that of Goldau
(p. 93). Part of the rock fell in 1850. The road passes through the
large village of (4M.) Ems, Rom. Domat (1880'), with the scanty
ruins of the castle of Oberems. The mounds of earth here and near
Reichenau are probably remains of an old moraine.
A path diverging from the road to the left above TCms, entering the
forest, and leading on the ri^ht bank of the Rhine to Rothenbrunnen and
Thusis (p. 343) is 1 hr. shorter than the high-road, but extremely rough.