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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 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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Itinerary

Hotel (example): Hotel Weiss Kreuz

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.

Hotel (example): Albula und Julier

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
1035 m
530 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 Palpuogna 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.

Hotel (example): Randolins Berghotel

approx. 6 h
approx. 18 km
1'320 m
880 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 Grisons highest mountain, Piz Bernina.

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.

Hotel (example): Alp Grüm

approx. 4.5 h
approx. 16 km
680 m
435 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.

Hotel (example): Hotel Suisse

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.

Hotel (example): Hotel Stelvio

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

Tour character

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 at a glance
Place of arrival: Thusis
  Season 1
27.06.2021 - 03.07.2021
18.09.2021 - 17.10.2021

Season 2
04.07.2021 - 17.09.2021

Via Albula & Bernina, 8 days TO, CH-GRWTT-08X
Base price
969.-
1'035.-
Surcharge Single Room 299.- 299.-

Category: 3*** hotels

Season 1
Jun 27, 2021 - Jul 3, 2021
Sep 18, 2021 - Oct 17, 2021
Season 2
Jul 4, 2021 - Sep 17, 2021
Via Albula & Bernina, 8 days TO, CH-GRWTT-08X
Base price
Surcharge Single Room
969.-
299.-
1'035.-
299.-

Category: 3*** hotels

Season 1
Jun 27, 2021 - Jul 3, 2021
Sep 18, 2021 - Oct 17, 2021
Season 2
Jul 4, 2021 - Sep 17, 2021
Thusis
Extra night single room (BB)
Extra night double room (BB)
Tirano
Extra night single room (BB)
Extra night double room (BB)
119.-
79.-
95.-
65.-
119.-
79.-
95.-
65.-
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Thusis
  Season 1
Jun 27, 2021 - Jul 3, 2021
Sep 18, 2021 - Oct 17, 2021

Season 2
Jul 4, 2021 - Sep 17, 2021

Thusis
Extra night single room (BB) 119.- 119.-
Extra night double room (BB) 79.- 79.-
Tirano
Extra night single room (BB) 95.- 95.-
Extra night double room (BB) 65.- 65.-
Prices per person in CHF

Services & Information

Services

Included:

  • 7 overnights stays in incl. Breakfast
  • Daily luggage transfers
  • 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

Please note:

  • 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 Switzerland-Mobility 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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