The narrow-gauge Bernina Express connects northern and southern Europe and offers a spectacular means of crossing the Alps. The route runs through the ancient landscape of Switzerland's beautiful Grisons/Graubünden region and provides essential links to the Italian-speaking population in the south.
Beginning in Chur, the oldest town in Switzerland, the route travels south along 76 miles (122km) of track, through 55 tunnels and 196 bridges including the spectacular Landwasser Viaduct. The route meanders past glaciers, an alpine garden and rushing mountain streams, passes through the 5,955 foot (1,815m) long Albula Tunnel and climbs over the Bernina Pass to more than 7,000 feet (2,134m) before crossing the Italian border to arrive in the village of Tirano.
The journey from Chur to Tirano takes four hours, Chur to Poschiavo takes three-and-a-half hours and St Moritz to Tirano takes just two-and-a-half hours.
100 years on the Bernina Line
It took just four years to build the Bernina Line and even in today's hi-tech age it is regarded as a shining example of the civil engineer's art. The first trains operated between St Moritz and Zermatt on 8 July 1910 so there is much to celebrate through the summer of 2010
UNESCO World Heritage status
The route of the Bernina Express on the Albula/Bernina Line between St Moritz and Tirano was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site in July 2008, in recognition of the stunning beauty, incredible engineering and the impact this line has had on mountain life in the Swiss canton of Graubuenden and Northern Italy. The Albula/Bernina Line constitutes an outstanding technical and architectural feat and complements the aesthetic harmony through which it passes.
This adventurous twin-centre rail holiday provides ample opportunity to explore the majestic Swiss Alps cloaked in their winter finery, and to enjoy our trip on the famous Glacier Express, surely the slowest, and certainly one of the most scenic 'express' trains in the world.
Stunning scenery and spectacular views are enough to take your breath away as we travel by rail through the heart of the Swiss Alps on the world-famous Glacier Express train. Admire the classic scenery as Switzerland emerges from winter, with the first flowers budding in the Alpine meadows.
This captivating Christmas rail tour combines stunning train journeys across the snow-covered roof of the Alps to tranquil Poschiavo and bustling Zermatt, with time in Switzerland's oldest town, Chur, and the delightful mountain resort of Kandersteg.
Spectacular views and stunning scenery have made the Glacier Express from Brig to Chur famous the world over. Shimmering winter peaks and sugar-frosted forests provide a picture-postcard backdrop to our wonderful winter rail adventure.
Lake Como, pretty Italian towns, lake steamers, mountain scenery and historic mansions provide the setting for this spectacular tour. Our holiday is based around Lake Como, which has been attracting visitors to its beautiful shores for more than 200 years.
Spectacular views and stunning scenery have made the Glacier Express from Brig to Chur famous the world over. Explore the Alps on Switzerland's terrific rail network during this incredibly popular mountain holiday.
Celebrate the festive season in style on this magnificent Christmas tour. Travelling in First Class throughout, we discover some of Switzerland's most beautiful winter landscapes, such as the mountain resort of Zermatt and the lakeside city of Lucerne, and make spectacular journeys on some of Europe's most iconic trains.
Celebrate the New Year in style on this magnificent tour. Travelling in First Class throughout, we discover some of Switzerland's most beautiful winter landscapes, such as the mountain resort of Zermatt and the lakeside city of Lucerne, and make spectacular journeys on some of Europe's most iconic trains such as the Glacier Express and Bernina Express.
Beautiful scenery and spectacular views have made the Glacier Express famous world over. On this magnificent rail tour, we also visit pretty Lake Lucerne and travel to Zermatt to enjoy views of the imposing Matterhorn.
Our festive rail holiday is a fantastic way to experience exciting train journeys on the Glacier Express and Bernina Express. Enjoy wonderful excursions and explore the beautiful winter landscapes of Switzerland.
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