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Via Bregaglia 1st stage: Maloja - Vicosoprano

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Historic trail that leads through forests and pastures, past numerous historical and natural monuments. The Belvedere Tower and Glacier Mills in Maloja, the ruins of San Gaudenzio in Casaccia, the Praetorium of Vicosoprano.
Distance 11.3 km
3:20 h
55 m
798 m
1,860 m
1,063 m

The route Maloja - Casaccia, also called "Malögin", leads along the remains of the ancient Roman road. You walk past the church ruins of San Gaudenzio on the right side of the valley on to Casaccia.

Vicosoprano was the historic main town of the valley. Places of interest in the village are the church of San Cassiano built around the year 1000, the church of Santa Trinità - an early baroque building, the praetorium with the torture chamber, the Salis family tower and the old bridge over the Maira River. At the exit of the village in the direction of Borgonovo the two pillars of the gallows can be found.

Author’s recommendation

Before the start in Maloja, a visit to the glacier mills is recommended.
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Update: February 23, 2021
Highest point
Belvedere tower, 1,860 m
Lowest point
Vicosoprano, 1,063 m
Best time of year

Tips and hints

The package "Via Bregaglia" includes:

Bed and breakfast, luggage transport, packed lunch, entrance to one of the valley museums, a hiking map and of course, a warm welcome. The package can be modified on request: You can freely book the length of the stay as well as the starting location and destination:



Infomation office Bregaglia turismo in Maloja (1,812 m)
2'773'524E 1'141'376N
46.401288, 9.695284
46°24'04.6"N 9°41'43.0"E
32T 553446 5138869



Turn-by-turn directions

From Maloja, at the information point, turn onto the road that leads to the nearby Belvedere Castle. From the lookout point, which is in front of the fortification, a path leads down, along the foot of the rocks on which the tower stands. Once on a marshy plateau, continue to the right along the watercourse and cross it. Descend the steep wooded slope below on a series of diagonals, and at the end of them cross the foaming torrent from the Val da Pila. Once you have crossed it, you continue down to the large plateau near the houses of Cavril, where you re-join the Maloja pass road. Stay on the footpath in the woods that runs parallel to the road and further ahead, around a ridge, leads to the remains of the ancient church of San Guadenzio. The path goes between the arches of the central nave and out to the main portal. Next, you cross a watercourse called "la Canaleta" and further on, on a well-notched footpath, the steep meadows above the houses of Casaccia.

At the Hotel Stampa, go over the bridge that crosses the Orlegna stream, then, through a splendid fir wood, the path continues on level ground until it reaches the beautiful buildings of Löbbia. Here the path climbs through the wood until the hamlet of Ca d'Faret, where the view opens down into the valley and up into the Murtaira gorge and the Albigna basin. For a short stretch, you follow the paved road, and then you turn onto the ancient path that crosses the main Bergell road and descends to the group of houses of Röivan. This stretch now leads through a charming forest; the Via Bregaglia crosses the road several times and you can admire the ancient cobblestones, which are in perfect condition. At Pranzaira you re-join the road and follow it towards the cable car station, near which you pick up the footpath again, which once more leads into the woods. At a junction with a small road you can turn right towards the medieval village of Vicosoprano - it is interesting to visit the Roman wall and the round tower - or continue straight on through the woods, then cross the Albigna stream on a bridge and enter Vicosoprano.


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Public transport


By post bus from St.Moritz or Chiavenna: Line 4 Maloja-Bergell.

Getting there

Over the Julier Pass or Lower Engadin towards Silvaplana and then on to Maloja.


Free parking is available for hikers on Via Bregaglia, they will receive a corresponding parking card.


2'773'524E 1'141'376N
46.401288, 9.695284
46°24'04.6"N 9°41'43.0"E
32T 553446 5138869
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Wanderkarte Val Bregaglia 1 : 25000, editionmpa by Orell Füssl


Sturdy hiking shoes, rain protection.

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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11.3 km
3:20 h
55 m
798 m
Highest point
1,860 m
Lowest point
1,063 m
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