Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes brings together two historic railway lines that cross the Swiss Alps through two passes. Opened in 1904, the Albula line in the northwestern part of the property is 67 km long. It features an impressive set of structures including 42 tunnels and covered galleries and 144 viaducts and bridges. The 61 km Bernina pass line features 13 tunnels and galleries and 52 viaducts and bridges.
The property is exemplary of the use of the railway to overcome the isolation of settlements in the Central Alps early in the 20th century, with a major and lasting socio-economic impact on life in the mountains. It constitutes an outstanding technical, architectural and environmental ensemble and embodies architectural and civil engineering achievements, in harmony with the landscapes through which they pass. Fantastic train trip from Tirano Italy up through the Alps and down into Switzerland.
Views were magnificent, we chose the First Class section which has the panoramic windows and well worth the extra cost. There were superb green valleys and hillsides with bright blue & green lakes, there are high mountains and lovely glaciers. The climb out of Tirano is excellent where the train turns back onto itself as it climbs the winding aqueduct. Once into Chur you simply changed from the Bernina Express across the platform to the waiting commuter train and travel into Zurich. This is a must-see trip, in fact it should be seen twice once in Spring and once in Winter.
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