Tell me the old stories
of cracking winters and wet springs,
when our arms were nests of life,
our shadows were roofs to flocks,
our colors were green and red and yellow.
Tell me the old stories our strong fibers now forgot.
Pictures shot in the picturesque Valliser villages of Münster-Geschinen and Reckingen-Gluringen (Canton Vallis, Switzerland). Click to zoom in.
In 1967 the road tunnel of San Bernardino allowed all-year round traffic between North and South of the Swiss Alps. Earlier, the Via Mala (in Latin, meaning bad path) was the only cross-way available in the area to carriages, horses and later cars. Opened by the ancient Romans, upgraded with two bridges in 1738, nowadays Via Mala is a spectacular pit stop while driving between Canton Grisons and Ticino.
South of the town of Thusis, the Via Mala gorge slightly opens.
The two bridges above the Via Mala gorge. Below in the gorge, the mist from a waterfall of the river Rhine.
The new pedestrian bridges to visit the depths of the gorge, the river Rhine beneath.
One of the pedestrian bridge viewed from the bottom of the gorge
Inside the gorge pedestrians tunnel.
Down in the gorge, along the Via Mala gorge tunnel.
Click to zoom in. If you want to visit via Mala by car, arrive between 9 and 10 am to find a parking place and wait until 11am for the spectacular sun light cutting through the shades of the gorge.