Via Mala (vēˈä mäˈlä) [key], narrow gorge of the Hinterrhein River, a headstream of the Rhine, c.31/2 mi (6 km) long, Grisons canton, E Switzerland. One of the most wild and picturesque gorges in Switzerland, it is walled by vertical limestone cliffs c.1,600 ft (490 m) high. The Splügen Road (see Splügen) passes above the gorge.
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