Chapels and churches in Disentis

9 km
2:45 h
276 mhd
276 mhd
Kirche Sogn Placi
Kapelle in Acletta

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Altar in der Kapelle in Acletta
Interesting churches and chapels also make the hike a cultural experience.
Technique 1/6
Fitness 3/6
Highest Point  1330 m
Lowest Point  1111 m
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Start Disentis Train Station
Destination Disentis Train Station
Coordinates 46.705089, 8.854873


Just above the village centre of Disentis is the Benedictine monastery with its baroque church, which can be seen from afar. But also the chapels and churches in the fractions are very worth seeing and a visit to these places of worship can be easily combined with a hike. We start the hike at Disentis station in the direction of the village church

Parish Church of Disentis, John the Baptist (open daily)

The first documentary mention dates back to 1261. The wooden, Gothic winged altar from 1489 by Ivo Striegel is particularly worth seeing. During the French incursion on 6 May 1799, the interior of the church and the bells were destroyed, but shortly afterwards were restored.

Church Maria Immaculata, Acletta (open daily)

Perched on a hill and built in 1635, this church is a jewel in Baroque architecture. Famous is the altarpiece of the master Francesco Nuvolone, which was created in Milan in 1655. In the tower there are two bells, which are still rung by hand.

Church of St. Sebastian and St. Rochus, Segnas (open daily)

The village of Segnas probably received its first chapel as early as the 9th century. After 30 people died of the plague in Segnas around 1638, the church was dedicated to the two plague saints Rochus and Sebastian. The right side altar contains the oldest painting in the church, painted by Hans Greutter, who has left behind several works in many places of worship.

Chapel of St. James, Cuoz (Key: Meinrad Deflorin, tel. 081 947 59 54)

On the Way of St. James through the Surselva lies this small chapel and invites the hiker to an inner stop. It was built around 1600 and the altarpiece shows the Madonna with the Child Jesus, which probably comes from the workshop of the painter Hans Greutter.

Church of St. Agatha/Sontga Gada, Disentis (in summer the side entrance is open daily, in winter the key is available at the ticket counter Station Disentis.) In the summer of 2021, the church will be closed until September due to renovations to the roof. As of May 20, 21

This church, built around 1100, is located on the ancient Roman way over the Lukmanier Pass and is dedicated to St. Agatha, the patron saint of hikers. A fire destroyed most of the church in 1387 and it was not until 1420 that The Abbot Peter of Pontaningen rebuilt it. The frescoes inside, which were created between 1430 and 1460, are striking

Church of St. Placidus, Disentis (open daily)

Placidus is the second Disentis er saint. According to legend, he was murdered around the year 720. On the altarpiece you can see the holy Placidus holding his head in his hands. To the left and right of the entrance, paintings show the beheading of the Placidus and the punishment of God. In 1458 an avalanche destroyed the building at that time and in the same year the church was rebuilt and it was given an avalanche wedge

Monastery Church, Disentis (open daily)

The first church was built in 804 and destroyed by an avalanche in 1459. On 6 May 1799, the French set fire to the monastery and its church. Valuable art treasures and the monastery's library were destroyed. Half a century passed before the village recovered from this shock. The paintings on the church vault are a work of Fritz Kunz (1868-1947). From the main altar of Johann Ritz von Selingen (1666-1729) the Placidus altar, to the right of the choir entrance and the Benedict' altar, to the left of the choir entrance, has been preserved.


Finish the hike with a simple and tasty meal at the Stiva Sogn Placi in the monastery.


We start the hike in a westerly direction to the village church, and we stay on the Quartierstrasse up to the main road. We cross this and continue our way in a straight direction on another district road, which leads us to the valley station of the mountain railway. We walk past this building on the left, briefly cross the access road to Acletta, but after a few steps we branch straight ahead onto another low-traffic district road. As soon as we reach the access road again, we find the signpost on the right to a short stretch of hiking trail to the chapel. We stay on the paved road that makes a strong turn to the left after the chapel. We follow this road to its end. Afterwards we continue on a road towards Segnas, we find appropriate signposts. It goes up, along a small meadow stream and over the Segnas Bach.We can see the church from afar. Now the way back begins, straight down through the village and on to the hamlet of Buretsch. Here we find the turnoff to the left to Cuoz. After a small valley we arrived at the chapel Cuoz. We stay on the way down to the main road, which we follow for about 200 meters. At the sports centre we cross the main road and keep right to Cuflons and Mompe Medel. Follow the signposts. In Sontga Gade we take the road back to the village where we pass the wool mill again. We now walk past the village church and the train station in the direction of Cavardiras. After crossing under the railway line, we can turn left after 100 meters onto a hiking trail. So we get back to the main road and we see the church of St. Placidus just to the right in front of us. On the main road we walk the last 200 meters to the monastery and down stairs to the train station.

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