Via Albula/Bernina

Entlang dem UNESCO Welterbe

The Via Albula/Bernina is truly unique – a hiking route that criss-crosses the railway line. It lets you explore the Albula/Bernina UNESCO World Heritage route on foot in ten stages. And if your legs get tired, you can hop aboard an RhB train at any time.

Tackle the 131 kilometres of the UNESCO World Heritage route in any combination of ten stages. The long-distance hiking trail follows the Albula and Bernina lines from North to South or vice versa – passing through three language regions and cultures – and allows you to take a close-up look at bridges, viaducts, helical tunnels and old railway stations. The RhB will arrange the transfer of your luggage from hotel to hotel. Thanks to the railway pass, you can hop on board a train at any time.

Choose your own combination of stages or opt for a hiking package from the RhB: a 3-day hike on the Albula or Bernina trail, or a 5-day hike combining Albula and Bernina.

Lai da Palpuogna, "the most beautiful place in Switzerland", is just one of the many highlights on the Via Albula/Bernina.

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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Schin Gorge

Starting from Domleschg, the route leads hikers through the nine-kilometre Schin Gorge. For millennia the waters of the Albula river have shaped the landscape here. The climb up to the hamlet of Muldain is rewarded with fantastic views. The Church of St. Peter at Mistail is a further highlight.

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Bergün railway village

Bergün is a Mecca for railway enthusiasts: housed in a converted arsenal, the Albula Railway Museum lures railway fans on a journey into the RhB's past. The village itself is full of charming houses in the traditional Engadin style.

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Palpuogna Lake

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.

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Bernina Pass

This hike takes you through the mighty mountain landscape of the Bernina Range up onto the 'rooftop' of the Rhaetian Railway. The Ospizio Bernina is situated at 2,253 metres above sea level. You can grab a refreshing coffee or tea in the freshly renovated Albergo bistro at the summit. In the distance you can see melt waters flowing down into the valley, adding a touch of colour: white for Lago Bianco, black for Lej Nair. Welcome to the Bernina watershed.

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Online hiking from your sofa

Gian and Giachen, the two Graubünden ibexes, also wandered along the Via Albula/Bernina – and filmed the excursion from a goats-eye perspective. You can follow Gian and Giachen on their tour at www.webwandern.ch, where you can also find out interesting facts about this long-distance trail and its attractions.

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Cavaglia Glacier Garden

During the Ice Age some 11,000 years ago, the Palü Glacier formed a glacial hollow here. The glacier mills at Caviglia are ten metres deep and five metres wide. The ice has left behind a fascinating landscape full of natural sculptures, which can now be reached directly by rail. Experts will guide you round, providing fascinating details.

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3-day Albula hike

Day 1
  • Arrival in Thusis
  • Journey continues with Albula Ticket to Bergün
  • Hike from Bergün to Preda (2½ hours)
  • Overnight stay in Preda
Day 2
  • Hike from Preda to Bever (5½ hours)
  • Travel by train to St. Moritz
  • Overnight stay in St. Moritz
Day 3
  • Stroll through St. Moritz including a hike through the
  • Stazerwald
  • Return home in the afternoon/ evening

 

Price: from CHF 383.00

What's included:

  • Accommodation incl. breakfast
  • Luggage transfers
  • Rail pass
  • Hiking guide

3-day Bernina hike

Day 1
  • Arrival in St. Moritz
  • Journey continues with Bernina Ticket to Pontresina
  • Hike Pontresina – Ospizio Bernina – Alp Grüm (4 to 5 hours)
  • Overnight stay on the Bernina Pass or Alp Grüm

      Day 2

      • Hike to Cavaglia (1½ hours)
      • Travel by train to Miralago
      • Hike to Tirano
      • Sightseeing in Tirano
      • Return to Poschiavo/Le Prese
      • Overnight stay in Tirano/Le Prese/Li Curt
              Day 3
              • Stroll through Poschiavo, return home
              • The Bernina Ticket takes you as far as Pontresina

               

              Price: from CHF 383.00

              What's included:

              • Accommodation incl. breakfast
              • Luggage transfers
              • Rail pass
              • Hiking guide

                  5-day Albula and Bernina hike

                  Day 1
                  • Arrival in Thusis
                  • Journey continues with Albula Ticket to Bergün
                  • Hike from Bergün to Preda (2½ hours)
                  • Overnight stay in Preda
                      Day 2
                      • Hike from Preda to Bever (5½ hours)
                      • Travel by train to St. Moritz
                      • Overnight stay in St. Moritz
                        Day 3
                        • Travel by train to Morteratsch
                        • Hike Morteratsch – Alp Grüm (5 hours)
                        • Overnight stay in Alp Grüm
                          Day 4
                          • Hike Alp Grüm – Poschiavo/Le Prese
                          • Stroll through Poschiavo
                          • Overnight stay in Poschiavo/Le Prese/Li Curt
                            Day 5
                            • Travel by train to Miralago
                            • Hike to Tirano (4 to 5 hours)
                            • Sightseeing in Tirano
                            • Return to Le Prese/Poschiavo
                            • Overnight stay in Poschiavo/Le Prese/Li Curt
                                  Day 6
                                  • Return home from Poschiavo (as far as Thusis with Bernina Ticket)

                                   

                                  Price: from CHF 790.00

                                  What's included:

                                  • Accommodation incl. breakfast
                                  • Luggage transfers
                                  • Rail pass
                                  • Hiking guide

                                      Tailor-made

                                      Explore the Via Albula/Bernina on a hike tailored to your wishes:

                                      • Decide how many days you wish to hike.
                                      • Get tips from the Rhaetian Railway on where to stay overnight.
                                      • Decide which stages you will do on foot and where you prefer to take the train. Thanks to the rail pass, you can hop on board the train at any time.
                                      • The RhB will transfer your luggage each day to your overnight accommodation.

                                      Via Albula/Bernina hiking guide

                                      The hiking guide to the 10 stages of the UNESCO World Heritage Rhaetian Railway in the Albula/Bernina Landscapes is available for CHF 29.00 in the Railshop.

                                      RhB UNESCO World Heritage app

                                      Let the mobile travel and hiking guide show you the way along the UNESCO World Heritage route by GPS: the smartphone app makes it possible – and also provides useful information about the Via Albula/Bernina, the railway, the places and sights worth seeing along the way.

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