Impressive views with the Bernina Express

Bernina Express (Photo: Räthische Bahn).
Bernina Express (Photo: Räthische Bahn).

Impressive views with the Bernina Express

Bernina Express (Photo: Räthische Bahn).
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Switzerland has a lot to offer and is world famous for its railway lines, some of which offer breathtaking views. The Rhaetian Railway is offering a particularly exciting journey on the Chur-Tirano route on the Bernina Express.

With its picturesque landscape, its delicious cuisine and its deeply rooted hospitality, Switzerland is almost made for one or the other break from everyday life. There are also special offers: From now until March 31, 2021, guests can travel in pairs on the legendary Bernina Express of the Rhaetian Railway for 139 euros by train from Chur to Tirano. Past mighty mountain peaks and Mediterranean palm gardens, the route is a visual delight. The physical well-being is not neglected either. In Poschiavo, Le Prese or Tirano, the service team treats fellow travelers to a starter salad and pizzoccheri - a specialty of this region.

Hardly any train journey in the world is as photogenic over its entire length as the journey on the Bernina Express. On the way in the panorama car, new perspectives and motifs open up for the guests with each new section of the route. The ceiling-high glazing in all wagons provides the necessary view. The starting point of the route is the 585 meter high train station in Chur, the capital of the canton of Graubünden. After a short drive through urban climes, the concrete desert soon gives way to lush green hills. Afterwards, the Bernina Express meanders over the impressive Landwasser aqueduct near Filisur, through the fascinating mountain ranges of Albula and past the Bernina Pass that gives it its name. This part of the route is so fascinating because of its unique construction technology and lines that UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in 2008. At the highest station of the Rhaetian Railway in Ospizio Bernina on the glittering Lago Bianco, the train then reaches a height of 2.253 meters. From there it only goes downhill - the train passes wild mountain streams, small villages and the dizzying circular viaduct in Brusio as it descends. 55 tunnels, 196 bridges and numerous gradients of up to 70 per thousand later, the Bernina Express arrives at the train station in Tirano, Italy. The charming city in the far north of the Stiefel-Republik stands in contrast to the rest of the route with its Mediterranean flair including imposing palm trees - this is exactly what makes the destination of the trip so attractive.

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