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The Brusio Circular Viaduct – a portrait

The 143-metre circular viaduct is located below Brusio station. Its curves fascinate visitors from all over the world. Allow us to tell you a little more about it.

Tanja Thaler, Communications expert, 01. November 2021

The landmark of the Bernina Line

If travelling towards Tirano, you catch your first glimpse of the circular viaduct just before Brusio station. Your excitement level rises in anticipation of experiencing this imposing structure. Even though the stop in Brusio is short, you can’t wait for the train to move on: the circular viaduct is close, but you’re not there yet. The train finally gets underway and follows a dam for a little while until the nine arches appear, each ten metres in diameter. Sit on the right in the direction of travel to enjoy the best view of the spectacle. The train descends metre by metre round a tight right-hand bend until it leaves the circular viaduct through one of the arches. What a structure!

Brusio Circular Viaduct: vital statistics
Start of construction1907
Inauguration1 July 1908
Length143 metres
Height7 to 17 metres
Radius of the curve70 metres
Gradient7 percent
Altitude717 metres above sea level
Number of arches9
Width of arches10 metres
Inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage Site2008

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