Crossing the AlpsTue, May 30, 2017 in Travel
Arriving in the Rhine Valley again on the western side of the Julier Pass, we stopped in the cantonal capital of Chur for laundary. A town of 35,000 it can feel like a busy metropolis at times with lots of construction and busy roads and rails, including a narrow gauge rail line with street running from the main train station out of town. Driving west past Reichenau, the confluence of the Vorderrhein and Hinterrhein tributaries of the larger river, the road climbs toward the source of the Rhine.
We spent a night in Disentis, home to a monastery that dates to the year 720, just below Oberalp Pass connecting to the canton of Uri. We continued on the next day across the pass, down the Schöllenen Gorge, and north to Luzern.