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The Bernina Express

from Poschiavo to Chur

Experience one of the most spectacular ways to cross the Alps – the Albula and Bernina sections of the Rhaetic Railway. By means of serpentines and without the use of cogwheels, this amazing railway effectively connects northern and southern Europe. Enjoy sensational views from what is one of the best-known sections of railway in the world. 

Rhaetic Railway, Photo: Swiss Image Christoph Benz

Eine spektakuläre Alpenüberquerung

A spectacular way to cross the Alps

"The Albula/Bernina section of the Rhaetic Railway is a pioneering work unique in character". This was the World Heritage Committee's comment in 2008. 

A special delight is the panoramic trip on the Bernina Express, travelling past vast glaciers before descending to the palm trees. Starting in Chur, you travel through Tiefencastel before crossing over the Landwasser viaduct and the Albulapass into the Engadine valley. There you pass Pontresina, one of the leading summer and winter holiday resorts in the Swiss Alps. Then the journey continues southwards, past vast glaciers, and over the Bernina pass to Poschiavo, or even further to Tirano in Italy.

The train masters 55 tunnels, 196 bridges and climbs of up to 70:1000 without difficulty. The Ospizio Bernina, at an altitude of 2,253 metres, marks the highest point of the Rhaetic Railway network. 

The section between Thusis and Tirano has earned UNESCO World Heritage status.

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