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The Quellrheinweg (Spring Rhine Trail) includes a hike of several days along the Vorderrhein from Lake Tomasee to Reichenau.

On this long-distance hike you will experience the element of water in its various facets.

The beauties of nature and culture of the Surselva region provide new surprises every day. Good footwear is recommended, because the different terrain with mountain paths, field and forest paths, brook crossings and steep slopes is very varied.

Some sections must be covered on hard surface.

The area is well served by public transport, so that the long-distance hike can be interrupted at will. The selected tour includes the section Oberalppass-Tomasee-Tschamut.

The highlight of this stage is undoubtedly the visit to Lake Tomás, a magical place for many Central and Northern Europeans.

The Rhine covers 1320 kilometres from Lake Tomasee, the official source of the Rhine, to its mouth in Rotterdam.

A small and sometimes wild mountain stream, it plunges over stones and rocks, erodes deep gorges, floods floodplains and flows as a navigable mighty European stream towards the North Sea. From the Oberalp Pass the hike leads southeast through a flat moor, then crosses the steep slope of Plauncas Cuflegl on a gently ascending path and reaches the edge of a moorland landscape of national importance at Trutg Nurschalas with extensive flat moors.

Through alpine lawns and on a zigzag path with stone blocks you reach the highest point.

From there it's only a 35 metre descent to Lake Tomasee. Lake Tomasee, embedded in a hollow at the foot of Piz Badus, is probably unique in its beauty, magic and international significance.

Already Father Placidus Spescha (1752 - 1833) mentioned the place in his description of the Tavetschertal as follows: "This lake, 200 steps wide and 400 steps long, is the basin from which the front part of the Rhine originates.

It is a beautiful region and therefore worthy to be the source of such a river".

The large flat stones overlooking the lake or the green mats by the water invite you to rest and linger. Where the water leaves the lake as a young Rhine, the hiking trail descends eastwards to the signpost at point 2174, where you follow the road and some paths via Tgatlems, Crest Darvun and Prau Mulins.

This moorland landscape of national importance presents itself particularly beautifully with the extensive flat moors, alpine rose bushes and alpine alder from mid-June to the end of August.

At the end we walk 500 meters through meadows and along the pass road to Tschamut. *Hint(s)* The paths are signalled white-red-white. Ideal season: June to October (variant B: July to September) Refreshments: Mountain guesthouse Piz Calmot and Ustria Alpsu (Oberalp Hospiz), (variant B: Badushütte SAC), Hotel Rheinquelle Tschamut Public transport: Oberalppass (station MGB), Tschamut (station MGB) * See also * Surselva Tourism Phone: 0041 81 920 11 00 E-Mail: ( ) Internet: ( ) Maighelshütte SAC Tel: 0041 81 849 15 51 E-Mail: ( ) Internet: ( ) Bath hut - SAC Manegg Tel: 0041 32 512 83 84 E-Mail: ( ) Internet: ( ) equipment