Hit the road Jacques: Virtual walking tour of Switzerland


Screenshot via webwandern.ch

It’s about 130km (~80 miles) from Thusis to Tirano and the Canton of Graubünden and the Rhaetian Railway have come up with a pip of a way to see it. Hikers walked it while wearing hi-def video cameras and the jaunts are available for the clicking. No joke, this is an algorithm and a treadmill away from a holodeck. Visit webwandern.ch (or click on the image), select any one of ten starting points and let the friendly ibex take you through some breathtaking scenery. All the virtues of travel without the hellish slog through the modern travel industry.  The website is exquisite, in and of itself.

17 January 2021 Update: Unfortunately, the webwandern site was built on Flash.  When the ultimate demise of Flash was announced a couple of years ago I sent multiple emails to the site contact addresses pleading with them to update to supported technologies or at least archive the site somehow.  I never received a response.  As of the turn of this year, the webwandern.ch site is no longer accessible and barring a miracle, this treasure has been lost.

15 March 2021 Update: It’s officially dead.  The webwandern.ch site now returns (via Google Translate):

A few years ago the Rhaetian Railway launched the website www.webwandern.ch together with Graubünden Ferien  . This enabled users to go on virtual hikes in Graubünden. However, since complex technical adjustments on the site would have been necessary in the meantime, the RhB decided to no longer manage this site. 

Are you looking for a suitable hike in Graubünden? In our tour portal you will find a wide variety of hikes, bike tours, cross-country skiing trails, toboggan runs and much more. 

To the tour portal


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