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Via Albula Bernina Sommer 2280x1284

Highlights

  • Landwater viaduct
  • Bernina Pass
  • Albula Pass
  • Alp Grüm
  • St. Moritz
  • Lake Bianco

Day 1

Arrival to Thusis

Travel by public transport from your starting point in Switzerland to Thusis. Overnight stay in Thusis.

Die Viamalaschlucht bei Thusis im Sommer

Day 2

Thusis – Tiefencastel

After baggage drop-off, 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.

Details: approx. 20 km ↑ 925 m ↓ 770 m
Duration: approx. 6 h

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Day 3

Tiefencastel – Bergün

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.

Details: approx. 21 km ↑ 1'035 m ↓ 530 m
Duration: approx. 6 h

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Day 4

Bergün – Spinas | by train: Spinas – St. Moritz

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 Palpuogna 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. 

Details: approx. 18 km ↑ 1'320 m ↓ 880 m
Duration: approx. 6 h

Val Roseg St. Moritz Pontresina

Day 5

by train: St. Moritz – Morterartsch | Morterartsch – Alp Grüm

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 Grisons highest mountain, Piz Bernina. 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. 

Details: approx. 16 km ↑ 680 m ↓ 435 m
Duration: approx. 4.5 h

Bernina Express in Alp Grüm

Day 6

Alp Grüm – Poschiavo

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.

Details: approx. 10 km ↑ 30 m ↓ 1'155 m
Duration: approx. 3 h

Lago Bianco

Day 7

Poschiavo – Tirano

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.

Details: approx. 19 km ↑ 380 m ↓ 950 m
Duration: approx. 4.5 h

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Day 8

Departure or extra nights

Explore the surroundings and the countless hiking trails before departure. Individual return journey or extension of the stay (on request).

Der Bernina Express in Tirano
Karte der Via Albula & Bernina.

Tour characteristic

Good stamina is required for the longer stages at the beginning of the tour. The hikes can, however, be shortened without any problems by using the Rhaetian Railway. Some of the hikes lead along narrow and rocky paths. Sure-footedness is particularly important on the descent into Val Bever.

The Via Albula/Bernina with SchweizMobil

Information on long distance hikes in the Engadin St. Moritz region

Inclusions

  • 7 overnight stays incl. breakfast
  • Rail journey 2nd class from/to Swiss start/end point
  • Daily luggage transfers
  • Costs for luggage acceptance at the station
  • Rail Pass Thusis - Tirano 2nd class (valid on all regular trains)
  • Best worked out route guidance
  • Travel documents (1 x per room) including SchweizMobil Plus subscription
  • Service-Hotline

Good to know

  • Additional overnight stays in Tirano can be booked on request.
  • Visitor's tax, if due, is not included in the tour price.
  • Bookings can be accepted up to 5 working days before arrival (express fee CHF 50.00 for 5 working days before arrival)
  • Organisation of the trip: local cooperation partner

Travel documents

  • We provide you with all documents for your trip digitally
  • Luggage tags are usually left for you at the arrival hotel
  • On the road, you can easily find your way around using the SwitzerlandMobility app and other freely accessible aids. Background information and all other documents are delivered electronically and can be downloaded to your mobile phone in advance