A train ride that every mountain, nature and – why not! – shopping lover should make at least once in their lifetime. It’s the Bernina Express red train, which rides from Italy across the Swiss border and on a mountain pass. Book your panoramic seat and be prepared to savour two different cultures and to admire the breathtaking landscape, both in summer and winter.
The departure is from Tirano, in the upper Valtellina, and the route runs in two and a half hours on altitudes ranging from 429 meters to 1800 meters. The arrival is in St. Moritz via the Bernina Pass, 2235 m heigh above sea level.
For those who wish to fully enjoy the snowy landscapes and panoramic views, it’s possible to book a seat in the carriages with domed panoramic windows. Bare in mind that the ride is recognised as UNESCO World Heritage for the union of landscape, art and engineering.
The ride starts by crossing the Italian villages, traveling right next to the road. Then off for a first climb through the Brusio viaduct, built with a helical shape to enable the rail network to overcome a steep slope .
Going through old farmsteads and increasingly dense snow, the train reaches the stop in Alp Grum. Here you may admire a view that crosses the provincial border between the mountains of Sondrio and Bergamo, with frozen waterfalls and stalactites.