Switzerland 2014 - Bernina Express
Switzerland 2014 - Bernina Express


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Running along 122 kilometres of track, passing through 55 tunnels and over 196 bridges and viaducts, the Bernina Express is a masterpiece of engineering skills. The Bernina Express is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Time to board and cross the Alps from Bergün, Switzerland to Tirano, Italy. Between Bergün and Preda the line has to deal with a difference in altitude of 416 metres. In order to reduce the resulting decline the line had to be artificially routed. This was done using a series of tunnels, viaducts, bridges and cuttings. In Preda you enter the Albula tunnel which runs for almost 6 kilometres. Here you enter the Engadin region. Crossing the Bernina Pass you reach the station of Ospizio Bernina at 2253 metres the highest altitude station on the Rhaetian Railway. At Alp Grüm station there is a 20 minutes stop in which you can overlook the beautiful surroundings, such as the Palü Glacier. In Brusio the train makes a 360 degree curve at the Brusio circular viaduct. After Campocologno we cross the border to Italy. Through the streets of Tirano the train reaches its destination Rhaetian Railway station of Tirano.

One of the landmarks of the Bernina Express, the Landwasser Viaduct near Filisur, is not between Bergün and Tirano. For photos of this Viaduct with its beautiful arches check our album Switzerland 2014.

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