Switzerland – Italy – Via Albula & Bernina Hiking Tour 2023
The long distance walking trail of Via Albula Bernina leads along the UNESCO world heritage train line of the Rhaetian Rail. It runs as close as possible to the Albula and Bernina line and provides every now and then fascinating views that open out onto the 100 year old work of art in the magnificent alpine landscape. The first part of this walking trail brings you to Thusis and Albula Valley to Engadine with the world-famous skiing destination St. Moritz. You continue past the Bernina pass to Val Poschiavo and end your trip at the city of Tirano in Italy
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Route Profile: Medium. It is easy to shorten the long legs in the beginning of the trip. If you want to walk everything good stamina is needed. Some of the trails lead over narrow and rocky paths. Surefootedness is needed. Especially for the descent to Val Bever.
Total Distance: 104 km
Travel Season: Departures daily from June 17 to September 24, 2023
Season 1: September 9 – September 24
Season 2: June 17 – September 8
3* hotels with private facilities
The long distance walking trail of Via Albula Bernina leads along the UNESCO world heritage train line of the Rhaetian Rail. It runs as close as possible to the Albula and Bernina line and provides every now and then fascinating views that open out onto the 100 year old work of art in the magnificent alpine landscape. The first part of this walking trail brings you to Thusis and Albula Valley to Engadine with the world-famous skiing destination St. Moritz. You continue past the Bernina pass to Val Poschiavo and end your trip at the city of Tirano in Italy.
Arrival to Thusis
Thusis - Tiefencastel 20 km + 925 m - 770 m
A spectacular trail leads from Domleschg through the Schinschlucht gorge. The climb to the hamlet of Muldain is rewarded with spectacular views. The Solis viaduct and St. Peters church in Mistail dating from the 8th century form more highlights on this hike.
Tiefencastel – Filisur – Bergün 21 km + 1035 m - 530 m
The second section leads to one of the highlights of the Via Albula/Bernina, the impressive Landwasser viaduct. Prior to this it runs alongside the foaming Albula river and then on the “Wasserweg ansaina” to a scenic spot for a souvenir photo of the world-famous RhB Rhaetian Railway viaduct. You then continue past Filisur with its historic village centre. Passing the tanzenden Hexen von Bellaluna (dancing witches of Bellaluna) the trail leads up to the well-kept, historic railway station at Stugl. Finishing point at Bergün with its Engadin houses, a mecca for railway enthusiasts
Bergün – Spinas; by train from Spinas – St. Moritz 18 km + 1320 m - 800 m
Hike through a true masterpiece of engineering. The mountain hike follows the banks of the Albula River and several times crosses the railway line, which along this stretch features the boldest of railway routes. The Bahnerlebnisweg (Railway experience trail) illustrates this 100 year old railway engineering feat. Past Preda, the mountain hike leads past the crystal clear Palpuognasee Lake, over Weissenstein Alp or Crap Alv up to the Fuorcla Crap Alv (2466 m altitude) and steeply down into Val Bever to the idyllic stage destination of Spinas. From here by train to St. Moritz.
By train: St. Moritz – Morteratsch; Morteratsch – Alp Grüm 16 km + 680 m - 435 m
Through moorland and Alpine pastures to the Berninapass. One highlight follows another. The Stazerwald forest, Pontresina, the Morteratsch glacier world, Lago Bianco-Lej Nair watershed and Graubunden's highest mountain. After the white glacier waters of Lago Bianco, the route leads up to the fantastic vantage point of Sassal Mason with views of Piz Palü, its glacier seeming almost close enough to touch, the heart shaped Lagh da Palü, Alp Grüm and Val Poschiavo.
Alp Grüm – Poschiavo 10 km + 30 m - 1155 m
Worthwhile detour to the glacial mills of Cavaglia, made accessible with great effort. Just like the Rhaetian Railway, the hiking trail winds down the slope to the Poschiavo valley floor.
Poschiavo – Tirano 19 km + 380 m - 950 m
Along the way, the massive curved Brusio viaduct will amaze you. The varied route leads through orchards, chestnut groves and vineyards to Italy. S. Perpetua in Tirano gives an excellent overview of the Mediterranean landscape and the town with its venerable palazzi.
Departure or extra nights
- 7 overnight stays
- Daily luggage transfer
- Railway pass Thusis – Tirano 2nd class (valid for all regular train connections along the way)
- Entrance to the Albula museum in Bergün
- Guide book
- Detailed tour documentation ( 1 per room) including SwitzerlandMobility Plus subscription
- Service hotline
- Rides in public transport, cable cars, etc
- Tourist taxes, payable locally
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