94. From Coire to Spliigen. Via Mala.
Comp. Map, p. 332.
32'/2 M. Diligence twice daily to Spliigen in 7 hrs. (11 fr. 95, coupe
14 fr. 60c); to Colico in 16'/i hrs. (26 fr.; coupe 32 fr.); corresponding
with the early train from St. Gallen and Rorschach (see p. 315). From
Spliigen travellers go on at once by another diligence over the Bernardino
(p. 349). Those who wish to enjoy the scenery should secure a scat
affording a view, or take the diligence to Thusis only, and walk thence
to Andeer (8 M.) or to Spliigen (16'/2 M.). — Extra-Post with two horses
from Coire to Colico 193 fr. 70c, with three horses 266 fr. 50 c — Carriage
with one horse from Coire to Thusis 15, with two horses 30 fr.; to Spliigen
with two 05, with three 100fr.; to Chiavenna 135 or 1S5, to Colico Ifjll or
From Coire to (6 M.) Reichenau (1936'; *Adler), see p. 332.
The road through the Vorder-Rheinthal to Disentis and Andermatt
diverges here to the right (see R. 92). A covered wooden briil^e
crosses the Vorder-Rhein above Reichenau, immediately before its
confluence with the Hinter-Rhein. In the vicinity are a large Saw-
mill and several workshops for cutting and polishing marble.
The fertile valley, called on the E. side Domleschg, Domlittschga, or
Tomiliasca, and on the W. side Heinzenberg, Rom. Montagna, througb
which the road to Thusis leads on the left bank of the Hinter-Rhein, is
7 M. long and 2 M. wide. The Rhine, which formerly occupied nearly the
whole valley, is now confined within due limits by large embankments.
The sides of the valley are remarkable for their fertility, while on the right
bank numerous castles peep down from almost every hill and rock.
The road ascends slightly to (1 M.) Bonaduz (2146'; Alle Post;
Simones; higher up, *I)egiacomi zur Post). To the left, on the
Rhine, the Chapel of St. George, adorned with ancient frescoes.
(New road to Ilanz, see p. 332.) Then (3/4 M.) Ehazuns (2126'),
on a rock rising from the Rhine, said by tradition to have been found¬
ed by the Etruscan Rhietus, with a handsome chateau of the Vieli
family. Fine view of the mountains to the S., at the head of the
valley (see below); behind us rises the Calanda.
On the Right Bank is the ruin of Nieder-Juvaltu; farther on are the
chalybeate baths of Rothenbrunnen; above them the ruins of Ober-Juvalta;
then the chateaux of Orlenstein and Paspels. We next observe the ruined
church of St. Lorenz and the chateaux of Cattora, liielbcrg, Fiirstenau,
Raldenstein (on the Albula), and Ehrenfels, the last of which is below
Hohen-Rhaetien (p. 344).
We next reach (3</4 M.) Realta (20f>S'; Inn), with the ruin of
Nieder-Realta (not visible from the road), and pass (l'/4 M.), on
the left, the large cantonal Prison and Lunatic Asylum. Beyond
(l'/4 M.) Katzis (2185'; Kreuz) we pass a nunnery and school on
the right, and the venerable little church of St. Martin on the left.
Beautiful scenery. To the S. rises the snowy Pit. Curvlr (9760');
beyond this , to the left, is the Schyn Pass with the majestic Piz
St. Michel (10,371') in the background; to the N. the Ringelspitz
(10,660') and the Trinserhorn (9935'). About 3/4 M. to the E. the
Albula falls into the Rhine; beyond it lies the pretty \illage of
Scharans. Near (2'/2 \l.) Thusis, on the slope, near (he pleasant
village of Masein, stands the chateau of Siedrr-Tagstein.