Bernina Kräuter Express
Ausflug in die Kräuterwelt Valposchiavo
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From Thusis, the RhB makes its way through helical tunnels and over viaducts as it climbs the Albula Valley towards St. Moritz. Harmoniously embedded in the landscape, the line is a monument to the pioneering days of railway-building and has UNESCO World Heritage status.
Even today, the 62-kilometre Albula Line is still considered a masterpiece in terms of railway engineering and routing. The RhB opened the spectacular section of track between Thusis and St. Moritz in 1903, after just five years' construction. The red train climbs over 1,000 metres in altitude – thanks to the Solis Viaduct, Landwasser Viaduct and the helical tunnels between Bergün and Preda – without rack-and-pinion technology.
Away from the track, you can hike through the unspoilt mountain world in the Ela Nature Park, on the Railway Adventure Trail Albula or visit the Albula Railway Museum in Bergün. In winter, you can go sledging down the winding trail from Preda to Bergün.
Ein Allegra-Triebzug mit Panoramawagen auf dem Landwasserviadukt bei Filisur. Bild: Erik Süsskind
Die Albulalinie auf dem Albulaviadukt unterhalb von Naz. Bild: Robert Bösch
Ein Zug der Rhätischen Bahn auf dem Landwasserviadukt bei Filisur. Bild: Erik Süsskind
Die Rhätische Bahn auf dem Albulaviadukt unterhalb von Naz. Bild: Rolf Canal
Die Rhätische Bahn unterwegs auf der Albulalinie zwischen Preda und Bergün. Bild: Barblan
Die Rhätische Bahn im Schneegestöber auf dem Landwasserviadukt. Bild: Max Galli
Die Rhätische Bahn unterwegs zwischen Filisur und Alvaneu, im Hintergrund das Landwasserviadukt. Bild: Andrea Badrutt
You'll experience numerous highlights on the Albula Line from breathtaking nature to the impressive viaducts.
The Albula and Bernina section of track is a masterpiece in terms of civil engineering and routing. Landscape and railway blend into one: in wide radiuses, ingenious man-made structures punctuate rugged valleys. The Landwasser Viaduct, the helical tunnels between Bergün and Preda and the Brusio Circular Viaduct all stand testimony to the early, pioneering days of the railway.
In 2007, the Swiss voted the Lai da Palpuogna as «the most beautiful place in Switzerland». From Preda, the mountain lake can be reached on foot within an hour. Gaze deep into the water and be mesmerized by the subtle gradations of colour. The majestic peaks of Piz Ela and Piz Rugnux are reflected in the clear mountain water. Fire pits are ready and waiting for a BBQ in summer.
The world's fastest hiking trail: in winter, the three-kilometre route becomes an ice trail. Young and old alike skate alongside the Abula River from Surava to Alvaneu. A shuttle bus takes you from Surava up to Alvaneu Bad. Skates and protective equipment can be hired on-site.
Along the famous track to pure excitement on wooden runners: that's what the Preda/Darlux – Bergün sledging adventure holds in store. After the train has spiralled its way up the mountainside, the descent by sledge can begin: six kilometres from Preda to Bergün and four kilometres from Darlux to Bergün.
Sometimes life makes us thirsty. Sometimes we just have a huge appetite for life itself. Neither situation poses a problem with the Rhaetian Railway. Selected regional trains operate with the nostalgic Gourmino dining car attached.