Viamala by Elsa Blake in Hinterrhein, Switzerland

There was a path through the Viamala already in Roman antiquity, though it is not clear whether it was only a foot and bridle path or if it could also be used by wagons. Two access paths met at the northern entrance to the Viamala, which the Romans traversed by means of several rock galleries cut into the walls on the left side of the gorge. Presumably somewhere below today’s automobile bridge and near the pedestrian bridge (Punt da Suransuns) the Romans constructed a wooden bridge crossing over to the right side of the Rhine, routing traffic via Reischen to Zillis.

Name:Elsa Blake
Tell us about the place you live:

One of the highest paved roads in Europe.

A perfect day?

Discovering history.

What is the best thing about the Viamala?

The history.

What would be surprising about the Viamala to an outsider?

The Viamala was used by the German film director Werner Herzog as a location in his 1976 film Heart of Glass.

If the Viamala was a person or character who would it be?

Guglielmo Tell.

Who are three of your favorite artists?

Ansel Adams, Bryan Adams, John Grisham


Name:Elsa Blake


Favorite place to eat:

Restaurant Bachhuus-Chäller

Favorite place to drink:

Restaurant Bachhuus-Chäller