Source of the Rhine
The Tomasee lake (Romansh «Lai da Tuma») is situated in a nature reserve at the foot of Piz Badus. At 2,344 m above sea level, it is the highest point in the Surselva region. From its source, the Rhine flows over boulders and between limestone rocks through the Surselva region, passing the bizarre eroded landscape of the Rhine Gorge, also known as the «Swiss Grand Canyon», before joining up with the Hinterrhein (Posterior Rhine) in Reichenau. It then continues in the direction of Lake Constance, Basel, across Germany and the Netherlands until it reaches Rotterdam as a mighty European river and flows into the North Sea. Around 50 million people live in the catchment area of this 1,231 km stretch of the Rhine. High time to discover this source of life for yourself.
Walking along the Rhine
It goes without saying that there are countless walks downstream from the source as well as walks up to the source. We have compiled a list of the most beautiful walks for all levels. Certain routes such as the «Quellrheinweg» (Rhine Source trail), the «4-Quellen-Wanderung» (Four Sources walk) and the popular «Senda Sursilvana» can also be booked as part of a package with accommodation and, in some cases, luggage transport. Slip on your hiking boots and off you go.
Railway journey along the Rhine
The slowest express train in the world encourages you to enjoy a slower pace of life, quite literally. This said, there is no time for boredom to set in on the trip from glamorous St. Moritz to Zermatt. The route takes you across Alpine passes, wildly romantic gorges and countless valleys, providing plenty of opportunity for you to fall in love with the landscape.Railway journey along the Rhine