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.

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.

Hotel (example): Albula

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.

Hotel (example): Randolins Berghotel

approx. 6 h
approx. 18 km
1'155 m
700 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.

Hotel (example): Alp Grüm

approx. 4.5 hours
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
115 m
700 m

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

Services & Information

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

Arrival/Parking/Departure

  • See parking options in Thusis on www.thusis.ch, no reservation possible, to be paid locally 
  • Transfer back to Thusis is included in the train pass.

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