In 2008, the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO included the Albula and Bernina section of the Rhaetian railway in its list of World Heritage sites. With this accolade the Rhaetian railway became the third railway lineto be deemed "universally outstanding". Enjoy a trip on the line steeped in history, through the fabulous high mountain landscape of Grisons.
Spectacular alpine crossing
The Albula and Bernina section between Thusis and Tirano is a superb example of the development of the high alpine landscape. The line is one of the most spectacular narrow gauge railways in the world. The Albula line was completed in 1903, the Bernina line in 1910. The Albula line was considered a masterpiece even at the time of construction. The Bernina line is one of the highest alpine crossings in Europe and one of the steepest adhesion railway lines in the world.
Albula Railway Museum
The new Albula Railway Museum is located in Bergün, right next to the Albula Line of the Rhaetian Railway. A great attraction for families and railway enthusiasts alike. With various exhibition rooms, original objects and one of the world’s last Crocodile locomotives, the museum provides an historical and current view of Switzerland’s most spectacular railway, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visitors can see over 400 items from more than a century of history, displayed in 1300 square metres of exhibition space. From Davos Platz, the museum can be reached in 45 minutes via the Rhaetian Railway.
This spectacular journey takes you across the Bernina pass (2,253 metres a.s.l.), through the romantic wilderness of Alpine valleys, past glaciers and mountain peaks, through Puschlav and all the way to Tirano in Italy.
It’s no longer necessary to forge new paths across the Alps, as the most stunning Alpine crossing has already been built: the Albula and Bernina sections of the Rhaetian Railway. They unite northern and southern Europe in a uniquely captivating way – with the Bernina Express. The route from Thusis to Tirano was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2008. This train journey is an ideal day trip from Davos Klosters.
A panoramic journey through the high Alps in the heart of Switzerland - it doesn't get more stunning than this. A 7.5 hour journey by rail over 291 bridges, through 91 tunnels and over the 2033 m high Oberalppass to Zermatt.
With this locomotive classic you gain access to the most stunning travel routes between Davos, St. Moritz and Zermatt. A comfortable train runs through an area of pure nature with fragrant, ancient mountain forests, peaceful alpine pastures, rushing mountain streams, through richly traditional mountain valleys with centuries of culture.
The "slowest fast train in the world" presents a cross-section of the diversity of Switzerland and is a piece of true traveller's pleasure. On the Glacier Express, dishes are freshly prepared for guests by the chef in the restaurant carriage. Coffee, beverages and snacks are brought by the rail bar directly to passengers in their seats. The Glacier Express is the perfect choice in every season. It is mandatory to reserve seats on all trains and this is possible in every railway station and travel agency in Switzerland.
From 8 June to 25 October, the vintage wooden and open carriages of the ‘Crocodile’, the cult locomotive, will chug along twice daily from Davos Platz up the wildly romantic Zügenschlucht Gorge to Filisur. The scenic highlights of the trip include the 210-metre long Wiesen Viaduct – at 88.9 metres high it is the highest bridge on the Rhaetian Railway (RhB). The 40-minute trip is free with a Premium Card or the Private Card for holiday home oweners.
An amazing work of art is situated on the Albula Line, half way between Chur and St. Moritz: 142 metres long, 65 metres high, and supported by five stone pillars – the Landwasser Viaduct. You certainly need a little time to appreciate this masterpiece in all its glory. And the vantage point near Filisur is the perfect place to do just that. In the summer, it is easy to reach from Filisur station by choo choo train. The «Landwasser-Express» transports passengers of all ages to the Landwasser Viaduct vantage point in just 30 minutes.
The graubündenPASS allows you to travel throughout the Canton at no extra charge. Board the train and discover the sunny side of Graubünden. Under this arrangement, you have two days in a week or five days over a period of two weeks to explore 7,106 square kilometres of authentic Switzerland. You can get a train and bus subscription for a preferred region (1 zone) or for entire Graubünden (6 zones). Furthermore, select cable cars can be used for conveyance to your favourite mountain at half-price, or you can choose to receive attractive discounts on leisure activities.
The graubündenPASS is valid in the Canton of Graubünden on the route network of the following services: Rhaetian Railway, Swiss National Rail (SBB), Matterhorn Gotthard Railway, PostAuto, Davos Public Transportation Services, Engadin Bus, City Bus Chur, Silvestri Bus Livigno, local buses in Klosters, Scuol and St. Moritz and aerially on the cable car Rhäzüns – Feldis.