During our last winter holidays on Canton Graubünden, we had the chance to board on a family day trip on the Bernina Express, one of the most famous panoramic trains in Switzerland. I can say that our experience was exceptional!!! The Bernina Express is since 2008 UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers a train ride throught 122 km on 55 Tunnels, and 196 bridges and viaducts, including the famous Landwasser Viaduct! Not enough of the amazing experience to travel seeing the Swiss Alps, the Lago Bianco, and have the chance to arrive in Tirano, Italy. It is a complete panoramic train ride and a Must-do in Switzerland!!
Route of Bernina Express
The Bernina Express departs from Chur, the oldest city in Switzerland, the capital of Canton Graubünden. The alternative is to start in Landquart, following to Davos/St. Moritz/Tirano (Italy).
The Train stops in some other villages on the way, so you can choose your route according to the time that you want to spend, and where you want to go. You don’t have to travel from Chur to Tirano necessarily.
– St. Moritz – where Winter tourism began in 1860, here are sunny days around 320 days per year!
– Pontresina, the Piz Bernina was explored for the first time in 1850 by English adventurers;
– Monteratsch Glacier, about 50 min walk from the train station;
– Mountains Diavolezza & Lagalb;
– Lac Noir and Lago Bianco (my favorite!);
– Ospizio Bernina, at 2,253m a.s.l.
– Alp Grün, Hotel, and Restaurant from 1923;
– Cavaglia Glacier Garden;
– Poschiavo, Renaissance Italian speak city (still below to Canton Granbünden);
– La Prese – Lago di Poschiavo;
– Brusio Circular Viaduct;
– Tirano (Italy), and the wine-growing area of Valtellina.
The new travel free online guide InfoT(r)ainment, works with train WiFi and shows us all attractions live on the interactive map.
First, we got a round trip from Tiefencastle to Poschiavo, with Lunch included, for two-person for Fr.139.-really a good deal!! We are talking about the round trip; each way takes around 5 hours! Remembering that you can find this deal and standard prices on the Bernina Express website, link here
Packages available for a round trip on the same day, or the next day, Hotel included. You can book separate your Bus trip back to Switzerland after the Bernina, arriving in Lugano.
I will tell you why the Bernina Express was so unique for us! The Train staff is so kind and thoughtful with all the passengers. Our Billet-controller was telling us several times about the sightseeing points where we about to see it! I saw not only tourists on the Bernina Express but locals as well, which makes for me an authentic experience. As a souvenir, I bought a small Nuss-torte, a specialty from the Engadin region, and a Honig from Valposchiavo. For lunch, you can choose between 4 different restaurants in Poschiavo; we preferred the Hostaria del Borgo (Via da Mezz 135 · 7742 Poschiavo Tel.: +41(0)81 844 00 79
I hope that you can enjoy this trip soon with your family! Please let me know if you like it; I’m glad to see you in Switzerland! 🙂
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