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Crossing the Alps

Train to Arosa running through Chur city streets
Train to Arosa running through Chur city streets

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.

Waiting for sheep to cross the highway
Waiting for sheep to cross the highway
Oberalp Pass between Disentis and Andermatt
Oberalp Pass between Disentis and Andermatt

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.