From glaciers to palms
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Extend your Bernina Express trip with a «Grand Train Tour of Switzerland». The unrivalled route combines the most beautiful panoramic sections of railway in Switzerland. Over around 1,280 kilometres and eight different stages, the highlights of Swiss public transport can be experienced all year round.
|Grand Train Tour of Switzerland
|Experience the most beautiful panoramic sections of railway in Switzerland
Choose from a selection of routes in all four language regions in Switzerland
|Hop on and off any time
|The perfect starting point for trips
|Also bookable as a package with the Switzerland Travel Centre
Embark on a two-stage journey from Valais across the Swiss canton of Graubünden to Italy and back to Switzerland. The tour will take you from Zermatt to St. Moritz by Glacier Express and then on to Tirano by Bernina Express. Travel comfortably on the Bernina Express Bus from Tirano back to Lugano, where you can continue your journey to Lucerne.
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Travel aboard the Glacier Express, the slowest express train in the world, from Zermatt – home to the impressive Matterhorn – to St. Moritz – playground of the rich and famous. Your journey will take you 2,033 metres above sea level over the Oberalp Pass, the highest point on your Glacier Express panoramic journey, past the world-famous Disentis Abbey to Chur, the capital of the Swiss canton of Graubünden. Once you have passed the Rhine by Reichenau-Tamins, you will travel through the Domleschg region, past Thusis. The section of the route from Thusis, with its bridges and railway tunnels, has been a UNESCO World Heritage since 2008 and is guaranteed to be a thrilling, picturesque journey featuring a world-famous highlight – the Landwasser Viaduct – which you will cross shortly before Filisur. Passing through the Albula Tunnel by Preda – and ultimately Samedan – you will soon reach your destination for this stage of the journey: St. Moritz.
View of the Matterhorn near Zermatt. Photo: Max Galli
The Glacier Express crossing the Oberalp Pass.
The Glacier Express on the Landwasser Viaduct by Filisur. Photo: Andrea Badrutt
The Glacier Express in St. Moritz.
Set off from St. Moritz aboard the Bernina Express, which will bring you further south to Tirano. Your journey will take you past Pontresina over the roof of the Rhaetian Railway 2,253 metres above sea level to Ospizio Bernina. Enjoy the unforgettable view of the Palü Glacier, Bernina Range, Bergamasque Alps and all of Valposchiavo on a quick stop on Alp Grüm. The Bernina Express will then continue towards the valley floor, past Le Prese and the turquoise-coloured Lago di Poschiavo. On approaching Tirano, you will cross the Brusio Circular Viaduct – one of many outstanding engineering achievements along the UNESCO World Heritage route. Once in Tirano, you will be able to soak up the Mediterranean charm of Italy while enjoying some of the finest dishes Italian cuisine has to offer. Reinvigorated, your journey will continue by Bernina Express Bus* back to Switzerland, namely Lugano, where you will have the opportunity to continue your «Grand Train Tour of Switzerland» outside of the RhB network to Lucerne.
The Bernina Express on the Bernina Pass, with Lago Bianco and the Piz Cambrena in the background. Photo: Erik Süsskind
The Bernina Express at Alp Grüm station. Photo: Andrea Badrutt
The Bernina Express near Alp Grüm station, with a view of Valposchiavo. Photo: Andrea Badrutt
The Brusio Circular Viaduct is a true masterpiece of bridge engineering on the Bernina Line. It was built to limit the gradient of the line to just 7 per cent.
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Discover, collect, benefit: Download the app now and start the tour. You can download the Grand Train Tour of Switzerland App for free in the App Store and in the Google Play Store in seven languages: German, English, Chinese traditional, Chinese simplified, Japanese, Korean and Thai.
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Das Booklet ist der ideale Begleiter für die Grand Train Tour of Switzerland. Damit lassen sich entlang der Route Stempel sammeln und persönliche Highlights festhalten. Für einen erhöhten Unterhaltungswert sorgen ausserdem etliche Reisetipps und Fun Facts zu den jeweiligen Streckenabschnitten.