Sixty km between Italy and Switzerland at breathtaking altitudes: it's the magic of the Bernina Red Train!
In Europe the Bernina Red Train is an excellent example of a railway route: 60 km narrow gauge between Italy and Switzerland, reaching up to over 4000 meters altitude! A breathtaking railway that has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008.
The departure of the cars is in Tirano, in the province of Sondrio. Here you can choose the most suitable type of wagon: heated in winter or convertible and discovered in summer. The next stop is Campolongo: from here passes the Italian-Swiss border that welcomes the canton Grigione. From here, then, the train begins its slow ascent through an area of fruit trees that reaches Campascio: but it is in Brusio that the path becomes extraordinary! From here, in fact, the train (which we remember travels on a narrow gauge railway) crosses a helical viaduct that allows you to tackle the difference in height of 30 meters with the sole force of hydroelectric energy!
After passing the viaduct, the train reaches Poschiavo, an elegant town full of small museums and collections: from here you enter the Val di Pila and start testing the scent of Bernina. While in the darkness of the tunnels, the train makes a 180-degree turn, the train stops in Cavaglia: here the
Leaving behind the Cavaglia plain, the red snake climbs up to the Palù pond and then reaches Alp Gruem, a dream destination for hikers and photography lovers. You then reach Ospizio Bernina, at 2330 meters and, after passing the enchanting White Lake, you reach
Do not miss a stop in Morteratsch where the language of the Bernina glacier almost seems to greet the
The route of the Red Train is just 60 km to travel in about 2 hours and 20 minutes. Being an itinerary to be enjoyed stop by stop, plan to devote a whole day to this trip. The advice is to leave with the cars early in the morning in order to have all day to complete the tour: in any
The Bernina Red Train is also bike-friendly: you can get on board with your bikes unless you expressly forbid it. There are different combinations of tariffs, for the first and second class, and also pass valid for several days as, for example, the Graubünden pass.
There's something for everyone in the world of Bernina's Red Train: all that's left is to get rid of a backpack, skis and wide eyes... all in a carriage!