Via Mala vē´ä mä´lä [key], narrow gorge of the Hinterrhein River, a headstream of the Rhine, c.3 1⁄2 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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