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Hiking: Via Albula & Bernina

The worlds most beautiful train line

The long distance walking trail of Via Albula Bernina leads along the UNESCO world heritage train line of the Rhaetian Rail. It runs as close as possible to the Albula and Bernina line and provides every now and then fascinating views that open out onto the 100 year old work of art in the magnificent alpine landscape.

The first part of this walking trail brings you to Thusis and Albula Valley to Engadine with the world-famous skiing destination St. Moritz. You continue past the Bernina pass to Val Poschiavo and end your trip at the city of Tirano in Italy.

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A spectacular trail leads from Domleschg through the Schinschlucht gorge. The climb to the hamlet of Muldain is rewarded with spectacular views. The Solis viaduct and St. Peters church in Mistail dating from the 8th century form more highlights on this hike.

approx. 6 h
approx. 20 km
925 m
770 m

The second section leads to one of the highlights of the Via Albula/Bernina, the impressive Landwasser viaduct. Prior to this it runs alongside the foaming Albula river and then on the «Wasserweg ansaina» to a scenic spot for a souvenir photo of the world-famous RhB Rhaetian Railway viaduct. You then continue past Filisur with its historic village centre. Passing the tanzenden Hexen von Bellaluna (dancing witches of Bellaluna) the trail leads up to the well-kept, historic railway station at Stugl. Finishing point at Bergün with its Engadin houses, a mecca for railway enthusiasts.

approx. 6 h
approx. 21 km
860 m
345 m

Hike through a true masterpiece of engineering. The mountain hike follows the banks of the Albula river and several times crosses the railway line, which along this stretch features the boldest of railway routes. The Bahnerlebnisweg (Railway experience trail) illustrates this 100-year-old railway engineering feat.

Past Preda,  the mountain hike leads past the crystal-clear Palpuognasee lake, over Weissenstein Alp or Crap Alv up to the Fuorcla Crap Alv (2466 m altitude) and steeply down into Val Bever to the idyllic stage destination of Spinas. From here by train to St.Moritz.

approx. 6 h
approx. 18 km
1'035 m
530 m

Through moorland and Alpine pastures to the Berninapass. One highlight follows another. The Stazerwald forest, Pontresina, the Morteratsch glacier world, Lago Bianco-Lej Nair watershed and Graubunden's highest mountain. After the white glacier waters of Lago Bianco, the route leads up to the fantastic vantage point of Sassal Mason with views of Piz Palü, its glacier seeming almost close enough to touch, the heart-shaped Lagh da Palü, Alp Grüm and Val Poschiavo.

approx. 4.5 h
approx. 16 km
1'320 m
880 m

Worthwhile detour to the glacial mills of Cavaglia, made accessible with great effort. Just like the Rhaetian Railway, the hiking trail winds down the slope to the Poschiavo valley floor.

approx. 3 h
approx. 10 km
30 m
1'155 m

Along the way, the massive curved Brusio viaduct will amaze you. The varied route leads through orchards, chestnut groves and vineyards to Italy. S. Perpetua in Tirano gives an excellent overview of the Mediterranean landscape and the town with its venerable palazzi.

approx. 4.5 h
approx. 19 km
380 m
950 m

Tour characteristic

It is easy to shorten the long legs in the beginning of the trip. If you want to walk everything good stamina is needed. Some of the trails lead over narrow and rocky paths. Surefootedness is needed. Especially for the descend to Val Bever.

The Via Albula/Bernina at SwitzerlandMobility

The Via Albula in Engadin St. Moritz

Prices & Dates

All data for 2020 at a glance
Place of arrival: Thusis
  Season 1
20.06.2020 - 26.06.2020
21.09.2020 - 31.10.2020

every day
Season 2
27.06.2020 - 20.09.2020

every day
Season 3
27.06.2020 - 22.08.2020

Via Albula & Bernina, 8 days TO, CH-GRWTT-08X
Base price
935.-
989.-
1'025.-
Surcharge Single Room 275.- 275.- 275.-

Category: 3*hotels

Season 1
Jun 20, 2020 - Jun 26, 2020
Sep 21, 2020 - Oct 31, 2020
every day
Season 2
Jun 27, 2020 - Sep 20, 2020
every day
Season 3
Jun 27, 2020 - Aug 22, 2020
Via Albula & Bernina, 8 days TO, CH-GRWTT-08X
Base price
Surcharge Single Room
935.-
275.-
989.-
275.-
1'025.-
275.-

Category: 3*hotels

Season 1
Jun 20, 2020 - Jun 26, 2020
Sep 21, 2020 - Oct 31, 2020
Season 2
Jun 27, 2020 - Sep 20, 2020
Season 3
Jun 27, 2020 - Aug 22, 2020
Thusis
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
Tirano
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
79.-
119.-
65.-
95.-
79.-
119.-
65.-
95.-
79.-
119.-
65.-
95.-
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Thusis
  Season 1
Jun 20, 2020 - Jun 26, 2020
Sep 21, 2020 - Oct 31, 2020

every day
Season 2
Jun 27, 2020 - Sep 20, 2020

every day
Season 3
Jun 27, 2020 - Aug 22, 2020

Thusis
Extra night double room (BB) 79.- 79.- 79.-
Extra night single room (BB) 119.- 119.- 119.-
Tirano
Extra night double room (BB) 65.- 65.- 65.-
Extra night single room (BB) 95.- 95.- 95.-

Services & Information

Services

Included:

  • 7 Overnights stays in incl. Breakfast
  • Daily luggage transport
  • Railway pass Thusis – Tirano 2. class (valid for all regular train connections along the way)
  • Entrance to the Albula museum in Bergün
  • Guide book
  • Detailed tour documentation (1 x per room)
  • GPS-data available
  • 7-day Helpline

Not included:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
Information

Arrival/Parking/Departure

  • Parking in Thusis, CHF 30 per week, payable on site
  • Transfer back to Thusis is included in the train pass.
Travel Documents

Travel documents "analogous"

By default, your  travel package includes a set of travel documents, which we will transmit to you in advance. The following documents will inform you about your tour:

  • Travel program with all organizational details.
  • Official guidebook « Cycling Switzerland»
  • maps for your biking and/or hiking routes
  • Detailed maps about your  stage locations
  • Detailed programme day-by-day

Travel documents "digital"

If you select the option "digital travel documents" when booking, we will provide you with all documents for your trip in a digital form. You will receive a small set of documents with the following content:

  • Manuals for the use of necessary apps
  • luggage tags
  • eventual  vouchers

En route  you will inform  yourself easily with the app of SwitzerlandMobility and other free  apps. Background information and all other documents are electronically assigned and can be downloaded to your mobile phone in advance.

Since this option saves resources and costs, a discount of CHF 30.- per room is offered.

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