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The Bernina Line: Train Travel in the Swiss Alps

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The start of  the Bernina Line in Tirano, Italy.

One of the things I love about traveling around Europe is riding Trains especially the Speed trains.  So it was not a surprise that my family and I tried the Bernina Line Train travel  to see the beautiful and majestic Swiss Alps from Tirano, Italy to St. Moritz, Switzerland. It has always been my dream to see St. Moritz, Switzerland. I read about them in books, in Vogue Magazine and Hello Magazine as the favourite ski resort town of Royalty and the Jetsetters. So when I read that this train travel takes us all the way to St. Moritz, we didn't miss the chance to experience it when we were on vacation in Milan, Italy.

The Bernina Line was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008. But the actual train operations started since 1910. The Bernina is the highest altitude railway in the world. Start of the Train ride along the Bernina Pass - UNESCO World Heritage-is a high mountain pass in the Bernina Range of the Alps, in the canton of Graubünden (Grisons) in eastern Switzerland. It connects the famous resort town of St. Moritz in the Engadin valley with the Italian-speaking Val Poschiavo, which ends in the Italian town of Tirano in Valtellina.The Bernina Pass is situated at almost 7,400 feet above sea level, down to Tirano which lies at an altitude of around 1,400 feet. The train ride travel along gently sloping train tracks without the use of cog wheels - despite having to tackle gradients of up to one in seven! Truly an amazing train journey of a lifetime!

Town of Tirano, Italy.


Start of the train journey, passing by some vintage cars driving along the road.




The route taken by the line is so beautiful and majestic. The train ride travels through many various Swiss towns with the backdrop of the Swiss Alps in Switzerland's Graubunden region- along with its ancient glaciers and beautiful mountain valleys. This area is just north of Milan,Italy and Southeastern part of Switzerland.



The train has the scenic roof  which is perfect for viewing the majestic Swiss Alps, towns and valleys during the train journey.



Such a scenic and peaceful lake!



The waters to the north of the Bernina Pass naturally flow via the Danube and into the Black Sea, while the waters to the south of the pass end up in the river Po and the Adriatic Sea.



We are going up,up, up! More Swiss towns along the way!



Passengers can open the upper window of the train cabin to have a better view and take great photos!


Marvel at Swiss Engineering and efficiency!



One of the many tunnels along the way. The whole trip passes through 114 tunnels.



Out of the tunnel. The train journey travels gently along sloping and zigzag train tracks.



Lake formed from the snow melting glaciers.


Almost at the top! Glaciers getting closer and a view of a Waterfall.


Almost on top of the World! Closer to the Glaciers in the Bernina Pass.










Almost on top of the world!



Bernina Diavolezza - for the sport minded at heart!



For the skiers and mountaineers.



Closer view of  Swiss Buildings.

Hotel Walther in the Swiss Alps.


Breathtaking view of the Swiss Alps and village.


Arriving in St. Moritz, Switzerland.



Finally, Arrival in  St. Moritz, Switzerland via the Rhaetian Railway Train. A dream come true!


Finally, in St Moritz, Switzerland - Elevation 2,328 m (7,638 ft) - a jetsetting Ski resort of the "rich and famous" and former site of Winter Olympics



I hope you enjoyed the Train Journey from Tirano, Italy, passing through breathtaking views of  Swiss towns, the Alps and getting close to glaciers, to arrive at St. Moritz, Switzerland.The whole train ride was a memorable experience. Everybody in our group was dazzled and loved the magnificent views along the way! I enjoyed it so much as it was truly relaxing and at the same time breathtaking journey.  This train journey is a train journey of a lifetime. Go for it!


For more information:  www.mybernina.ch





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