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Hiking Holidays Via Albula & Bernina

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

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
1'035 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.

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.

approx. 4.5 h
approx. 16 km
730 m
545 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
40 m
1'110 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 for 2022 at a glance
Place of arrival: Thusis
  Season 1
10.09.2022 - 25.09.2022

every day
Season 2
18.06.2022 - 09.09.2022

every day
Via Albula & Bernina, 8 days TO, CH-GRWTT-08X
Base price
995.-
1'059.-
Surcharge Single Room 275.- 275.-

Category: 3*-hotels

Season 1
Sep 10, 2022 - Sep 25, 2022
every day
Season 2
Jun 18, 2022 - Sep 9, 2022
every day
Via Albula & Bernina, 8 days TO, CH-GRWTT-08X
Base price
Surcharge Single Room
995.-
275.-
1'059.-
275.-

Category: 3*-hotels

Season 1
Sep 10, 2022 - Sep 25, 2022
Season 2
Jun 18, 2022 - Sep 9, 2022
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.-
90.-
79.-
119.-
65.-
90.-
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Thusis
  Season 1
Sep 10, 2022 - Sep 25, 2022

every day
Season 2
Jun 18, 2022 - Sep 9, 2022

every day
Thusis
Extra night double room (BB) 79.- 79.-
Extra night single room (BB) 119.- 119.-
Tirano
Extra night double room (BB) 65.- 65.-
Extra night single room (BB) 90.- 90.-
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
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel documents (1 x per room)
  • GPS-data available
  • Service hotline

Note:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Reservation fee of CHF 15 per adult (incl. legally required customer money protection) 
Information

Arrival/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 "digital” 

In future we will reduce the amount of printed documents. You will receive instructions to help you find your way around using the SwitzerlandMobility app.  We will provide you with further information online. In advance you will receive a small package of documents with the following contents: 

  • Description of how to use the necessary apps 
  • Detailed programme for the individual stages 
  • Annual subscription to SwitzerlandMobility Plus 
  • Luggage tags 
  • Any vouchers 

On the way, you can easily find your way with the SwitzerlandMobility app and other freely accessible aids. Background information and all other documents are delivered electronically and can be downloaded to your mobile phone in advance. 

Let us know if you don't want to do without maps. We will send them to you free of charge.

Ratings

4.5 of 5 Stars (2 Ratings)
5 stars
Daniel Brunier FR | 10.07.2022
Anne Daniel Savoie
Seul petit bémol le départ de la voie 33 à Thusis est difficile sans la "Suisse mobile".
Günther Lämmerer
Günther Lämmerer answered:
Nous vous contacterons directement pour en savoir plus sur les problèmes à Thusis. Nous collaborons avec SuisseMobile et transmettons volontiers de telles informations.
4 stars
Elke B. DE | 08.07.2022
Via Albula/Bernina
Vier Sterne deshalb, weil es natürlich immer noch etwas zu verbessern gibt ;-) und manches passt einfach auch nicht in das Sterne-Raster. Durch das inkludierte Jahres-ABO von der Schweizmobil-App sehr gute Reiseunterlagen. Kam auch zum Einsatz, da eine Beschilderung nie perfekt ist. Es gibt eine Notfallnummer des Veranstalters, die wir Gott sei Dank nicht in Anspruch nehmen mussten. Im Vorfeld auch gute Erreichbarkeit von Eurotrek. Gepäcktransport und Unterkünfte - alles reibungslos. Hinweis: Individuelle Abkürzungen der Strecke erfordern allerdings gute Planung: man kann nicht einfach in den Zug einsteigen, wenn die Kondition nachlässt. So lückenlos sind die Haltestellen der Rätischen Bahn dann doch nicht. Insofern sollte man an die Anforderungen an die Kondition vielleicht noch eine kleine Schippe drauflegen... Eine wunderbare Tour, wobei die letzte Etappe u.E. die "schwächste" war. Aber natürlich gibt es "Durststrecken" , wenn man von A nach B will. Also Tendenz zu 4,5 Sternen.
Reto Zingg
Reto Zingg answered:
Herzlichen Dank für dieses schöne Feedback. Das ist wirklich schön zu lesen und es freut mich ausserordentlich, dass Sie eine schöne Reise hatten. Sie haben absolut recht, wir müssen uns jedes Jahr weiter steigern. Sonst wird’s ja irgendwann langweilig. 😉 Aber Spass beiseite. Solche Rückmeldungen sind das was uns antreibt, für unsere Kunden schöne Reisen zu organisieren. Wir nehmen Ihre Tipps zum Schwierigkeitsgrad sehr gerne in die Planung für nächstes Jahr auf.

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