A Day Out Discovering Switzerland on the Bernina Express
The Bernina Express is a great way to discover the natural beauty of the landscape of Switzerland. You can take this trip all year round, but the best times are probably in the Springtime, to see the vibrant hues of the green valleys and the blanket of white snow in the mountains, or in Autumn when the colours of the trees are deep and golden.
The 122km Bernina Express route (part of the Unesco World heritage) takes you through 55 tunnels and over 196 bridges and viaducts, and is considered one of the most beautiful mountain railway journeys. We began our journey in Chur and ended it in Tirano in Italy.
During the Summer months there are a number of alternative routes via Davos and St Moritz, and the journey can be extended on the Bernina Express bus, from Tirano to Lugano.
We began our journey bright and early, taking the 7 am train from Zurich HB to Chur. There are plenty of connections from Zurich to Chur and we only had to wait 10 mins at Chur for the Bernina Express departure at 8.32 and the beginning of our adventure!
A one day round trip from Zurich on the Bernina Express takes approximatively 13 hours (including the 2 hour stop in Tirano) and you get to see so many different aspects of the Swiss landscape.
The main advantage of Bernina Express is the panoramic windows (both in 1st and 2nd class) which allow you to fully enjoy the breathtaking views. There is also a trolley serving snacks, drinks and souvenirs and all the staff were really friendly and efficient.
We travelled mid October and were lucky enough to experience in one day not only the changes in landscape – from the impressive glaciers to the Mediterranean style of Tirano ( Italy) – but also a change in seasons.
We left Chur while it was still a beautiful Autumn day and on our way back we experienced the first snow of the season.
Alp Grüm at 2091m
Some of the highlights of the trip included…
The Brusio spiral viaduct
… the Domleschg valley with its many castles is a 10 km long valley from Rothenbrunnen to Sils. It boasts more fortresses and castles in such a small vicinity than any other part of Switzerland.
… the spectacular curved Landwasser viaduct. It was built between 1901 and 1902, to a height of 65 metres and is 136 meters long. It is one of the most well known features of the Bernina Express journey.
The beautiful painted houses of the Engadine with the unique “Sgraffiti” on the plastered facades. The word comes from the Italian “sgraffiare” – which means to scratch and is a traditional craft dating back to the 16th Century.
So if you’re looking for a day out with a difference and want to explore the beauty of the Swiss countryside why not book a trip on the Bernina Express?
For more information on the Bernina Express please visit the website.
Article written by Carmen Sirboiu. All photos copyright Carmen Sirboiu.
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