Bernina Herb Express

Journey into the Valposchiavo world of herbs

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Enjoy a trip to Le Prese aboard the Bernina Herb Express. Experience the UNESCO World Heritage landscape up close while riding 1st or 2nd class in an RhB panoramic car. Prepare to be amazed and immerse yourself in the Valposchiavo world of herbs. A lunch that is 100% sourced in Valposchiavo awaits in Le Prese, where you can go on a tour of the herb fields and production facility of Raselli Erboristeria Biologica. Return to your point of departure aboard the Bernina Express in the afternoon or the following day.

The Bernina Herb Express offer can be booked Mondays, Fridays and Sundays from 24 May to 25 October 2020. A trip aboard the Bernina Herb Express is worthwhile in more ways than one: you gain an insight into how herb pioneer Reto Raselli produces herbs and get to travel to Le Prese aboard the Bernina Express at a special price.

Information Coronavirus

From 8 June 2020, the Bernina Express will run one train in each direction between Chur and Tirano, initially between Chur and Campocologno. Please note the adapted timetable. The resumption of the Bernina Express Bus, which will provide connections to the Bernina Express between Tirano and Lugano, has not yet been defined.

Further information and notes on booking

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Bernina Express

The most spectacular alpine crossing: linking language regions and cultures, the Bernina Express’s Tirano - Valposchiavo - St. Moritz / Chur / Davos / Landquart route follows a serpentine course without the aid of rack-and-pinion technology. Panoramic journeys through the UNESCO World Heritage landscape are a genuine treat. The Albula and Bernina sections are masterpieces of civil and railway engineering.

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Der Bernina Express auf dem Kreisviadukt in Brusio. Bild: Christof Sonderegger

Raselli Erboristeria Biologica

Le Prese is home to the kingdom of herb king Reto Raselli. Under the “Erboristeria Biologica” brand, he cultivates, harvests and processes numerous organic herbs and flowers for retail and wholesale trade. Take an exciting tour to find out more about organic herb cultivation and enjoy a tasty lunch that is 100% Valposchiavo. 

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Albula/Bernina UNESCO World Heritage route

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.

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Landwasser Viaduct

The viaduct at Filisur spans the Landwasser Valley and leads directly into a tunnel. The construction of the three main pillars in 1901/02 was an outstanding architectural feat, considering that the viaduct was built using only two cranes and without scaffolding. This is the most spectacular landmark on the Rhaetian Railway and it has become famous the world over.

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Alp Grüm

Enjoy this unforgettable view of the Palü Glacier, Bernina Range, Bergamasque Alps and all of Valposchiavo! Alp Grüm station is on the border between the German- and Italian-speaking areas of Switzerland – although from a geographical point of view, Alp Grüm belongs to the German-speaking area.

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Ospizio Bernina

The highest point on the RhB is situated 2,253 metres above sea level. The watershed between Lago Bianco and Lej Nair is also the language frontier between the Romansh-speaking Engadine and the Italian-speaking Valposchiavo. The Bistro Albergo at the railway station was renovated in 2013 and serves tasty snacks at teatime.

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Valposchiavo

The valley in the southern Alps is a great place to enjoy lengthy hikes, leisurely strolls and fine regional specialities. Explore the historic heart of Poschiavo, centred around its pleasant piazza, and discover various aspects of the valley's history in one of the museums or the colourful "Spanish Quarter" built by returning emigrants. Soaking up the beautiful scenery at the Lago di Poschiavo makes a fitting end to a memorable trip.

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Information Coronavirus

From 8 June 2020, the Bernina Express will run one train in each direction between Chur and Tirano, initially between Chur and Campocologno. Please note the adapted timetable. The resumption of the Bernina Express Bus, which will provide connections to the Bernina Express between Tirano and Lugano, has not yet been defined.

Further information and notes on booking

What's included

The Bernina Herb Express offer includes a return trip aboard the Bernina Express plus the following added extras:

  • Raselli organic herbal tea on the outward journey aboard the Bernina Express
  • A lunch that is 100% sourced in Valposchiavo (salad starter and Valposchiavo gnocchi) at a partner restaurant in Le Prese. Please book your preferred restaurant in good time.
  • A tour of the herb fields and the production facility of Raselli Erboristeria Biologica: the tour takes one hour, is in German and is held in all weathers. The tour covers a walking distance of around 1 km.
  • A small souvenir
  • A flat-rate package including travel and seat reservations

The offer can be booked Mondays, Fridays and Sundays from 24 May to 25 October 2020. This offer can also be booked as a multi-day trip (return the following day). 

Timetable and programme

StationPE 951/950
Churdep08.32
Filisurdep09.33
Bergündep09.44
Pontresinadep10.22
Le Presearr12.20
  
Lunchat12.25
Herb tourat13.15
Lunchat-
  
Le Presedep14.54
Pontresinaarr09.57
Bergünarr17.04
Filisurarr17.18
Churarr18.19



Fares

The flat-rate package includes a return journey aboard the Bernina Express from the departure station to Le Prese (incl. seat reservations) as well as herbal extras (herbal tea, lunch, tour, giveaway).

Flat-rate package 1 2 nd Class

Departure stationDeparture stationHalf Fare / Children aged 6 - 16GA travelcard
ChurCHF 178.00CHF 118.00CHF 68.00

Flat-rate package 1 1 st Class

Departure stationDeparture stationHalf Fare / Children aged 6 - 16GA travelcard*
Chur CHF 268.00CHF 168.00CHF 68.00

1 includes supplements and seat reservations aboard the Bernina Express for a return journey as well as the aforementioned herbal extras (herbal tea, lunch, tour, giveaway).
*requires a 1st class GA travelcard.

 

 

Catering

The Railbar on board the Bernina Express serves delicious snacks and refreshing drinks. There is no dining car on the train.

The herbal extras include a salad starter and Valposchiavo buckwheat gnocchi with bacon and a salami platter in the restaurant of your choice in Le Prese. A vegetarian option (gnocchi without bacon and salami) is also available on request.

Please book your preferred restaurant in good time. You can redeem your voucher in the following restaurants in Le Prese:

Raselli Sport Hotel
Tel. +41 (0)81 844 01 69
hotel(at)raselli.swiss
www.raselli.swiss

Hotel La Romantica
Tel. +41 (0)81 844 03 83
welcome(at)laromantica.ch 
www.laromantica.ch 

 

Sales

The offer can easily be booked online, at any manned RhB railway station or by calling the RhB Railservice.

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The Bernina Herb Express includes a return trip to Le Prese aboard the Bernina Express from Chur, Landquart or St. Moritz. Information on the timetable and programme.

 

 

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BERNINA HERB EXPRESS

- Return trip on the Bernina Express including seat reservations
- Raselli organic herbal tea on the outward journey aboard the Bernina Express
- Guided tour of the Raselli Erboristeria Biologica herbarium in Le Prese
- 100% Valposchiavo lunch in Le Prese at the Raselli Sport Hotel or Hotel La Romantica


2020 Wild Herb Festival: the trip on the Bernina Herb Express on 24 May 2020 includes admission to the Wild Herb Festival in Le Prese and lunch featuring herbal specialities. The guided tour and lunch at the two aforementioned restaurants will not be available on that day.

Program

12:20 Arrival Bernina Express (PE 951) in Le Prese
13:15 Tour of herb fields
13.30 Lunch
14:54 Departure Bernina Express (PE 950) from Le Prese

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