Published/updated on 26.04.2016 by GabrielleMerk | 22138 points | Date of Tour: 26.04.2015 | Favourite Entries (11)
The largest landslide of the Alps took place 10,000 years ago about 60 km from the source of the Rhine River. This is known as the Flims landslide and was apparently one of the largest landslide events in world history. The valley...
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The largest landslide of the Alps took place 10,000 years ago about 60 km from the source of the Rhine River. This is known as the Flims landslide and was apparently one of the largest landslide events in world history. The valley that existed at the time was filled with 8000 million cubic meters of rock.
In these past 10,000 years the Rhine has been carving out this massive volume of rock to create a canyon which is known as the Grand Canyon of Switzerland (stretches from Valendas to Reichenau, approx. 14 km).
The canyon can only be discovered on foot or bike, by train, or river rafting. The trail mostly follows the railway tracks except for one 4 km piece where you'd have to hike up out of the canyon. A clever alternative is to catch the train in Versam and descend again in Trin, from where you can continue along a fairly recently-created trail along the river to the town of Reichenau-Tamins.
As you hike through this amazing landmark (which is known as the Ruinaulta in the local Romansch language) it is impossible to imagine that so much rock could have been worn down in only 10,000 years. The river is wild here and follows its own course, slithering along so much like a snake might. The ride with the Rhaetian Railway on the 4 km stretch where there are no trails is also recommended!
Jeder Schweizer soll einmal durch die Ruinaulta gewandert sein. Man kann sich kaum vorstellen dass vor 10,000 Jahren die Berge hier so mächtig waren, dass sie beim Sturz das ganze Tal füllen konnten, das der Rhein inzwischen ausgeschnitzt hat.
The Aclatobel Forest Reserve in the Safien Valley is 365 hectares of untouched forest where trees may grow as nature intended, and unique ecosystems flourish. No trees are cut... more >>