1.Stage

Thusis

697 m

Tiefencastel

884 m

Thusis to Tiefencastel

Characteristic

Leading out from the Domleschg valley, a spectacular trail works its way through the Schin Gorge. Upon completing the ascent to the small village of Muldain, you are rewarded with a fabulous view. The Solis Viaduct and the Church of St. Peter in Mistail, which dates back to the eighth century, are further highlights of this trail.

Hiking time
6 to 7 hours
Ascent/descent
Approx. 1,070/880 metres in altitude Distance
Distance
19,4 km

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Thusis to Tiefencastel

Leading out from the Domleschg valley, a spectacular trail works its way through the Schin Gorge. The gorge, which stretches around nine kilometres, is shaped by the Albula river and runs from south-east to north-west. Upon completing the ascent to the small village of Muldain, you are rewarded with a fabulous view. The Solis Viaduct and the Carolingian Church of St. Peter in Mistail, which dates back to the eighth century, are further highlights of this trail. The Church of St. Peter Mistail is the only well-preserved triapsidal church in Switzerland. 

Places of interest along the trail

St. Cassian’s Church

St. Cassian’s Church
The church was first documented in 1350.

Schin Gorge

Schin Gorge
The topography represents a challenge for engineers.

Solis Viaduct

Solis Viaduct
At 85 metres in height, the highest viaduct on the Rhaetian Railway World...

Church of St. Peter, Mistail

Church of St. Peter, Mistail
The only originally preserved Carolingian church in Switzerland.

2.Stage

Tiefencastel

884 m

Filisur

1080 m

Tiefencastel to Filisur

Characteristic

The second stage leads to one of the highlights of the Via Albula/Bernina route: the imposing Landwasser Viaduct. Before reaching there, the trail takes you along the foaming Albula river and then on the Ansaina water trail to one of the vantage points from which you can take a souvenir photograph of the world-famous Rhaetian Railway viaduct.

Hiking time
3 3/4 to 4 1/4 hours
Ascent/descent
Approx. 470/270 metres in altitude
Distance
12,7 km

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Tiefencastel to Filisur

The viaduct has enjoyed UNESCO World Heritage status since 7 July 2008 and is the most photographed structure of the Rhaetian Railway. The 142-metre bridge carries the railway line in an impressive sweeping arch of 65 metres in height over the wild Landwassertal valley and fits in perfectly with its mountainous surroundings.

The trail from Tiefencastel to Filisur takes you along the foaming Albula river and the Ansaina water trail to one of the vantage points from which you can take a souvenir photograph of the world-famous Rhaetian Railway viaduct.

Places of interest along the trail

Parc Ela

Parc Ela
Switzerland’s largest nature park.

Schmittentobel Viaduct

Schmittentobel Viaduct
A remarkable structure with seven arches and 137 metres in length.

Landwasser Viaduct

Landwasser Viaduct
The most spectacular structure and landmark of the Rhaetian Railway.

Filisur railway station

Filisur railway station
The entire ensemble of buildings is worth a visit.

3.Stage

Filisur

1080 m

Bergün

1373 m

Filisur to Bergün

Characteristic

This stage starts in the historic village centre of Filisur. After passing the “dancing witches of Bellaluna” , the trail leads up to the station at Stuls. The route finishes in Bergün with its Engadin houses, a real mecca for railway enthusiasts.

Hiking time
3 1/4 to 3 3/4 hours
Ascent/descent
Approx. 520/230 metres in altitude
Distance
9,6 km

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Filisur to Bergün

This stage starts in the historic village centre of Filisur. After passing the “dancing witches of Bellaluna” , the trail leads up to the station at Stuls. The route finishes in Bergün with its Engadin houses, a real mecca for railway enthusiasts.

The images of Filisur and Bergün, which characterise the local area, are of national importance, something which the residents and homeowners here take great pride in. The architectural style of the villages provides an insight into the erstwhile importance of the economic and cultural relations maintained with the Engadin via the Albula Pass. 

Places of interest along the trail

Filisur

Filisur
The picture-perfect village of Filisur is the last Engadin village in the Albula...

Bellaluna

Bellaluna
It is thought that witches once danced on the forest meadows.

Stuls Station

Stuls Station
The best preserved historical building ensemble on the Albula line.

Bergün

Bergün
Das beliebte Bahndorf gilt als Mekka für Bahnliebhaber.

4.Stage

Bergün

1373 m

Preda

1789 m

Bergün to Preda

Characteristic

Hike through a real masterpiece of engineering. The mountain trail follows the banks of the Albula river and on several occasions crosses the railway line, which in this section features the most daring of tracks. The railway-experience trail illustrates this 100-year-old feat of railway engineering.

Hiking time
2 1/4 to 2 3/4 hours
Ascent/descent
Approx. 490/70 metres in altitude
Distance
7,0 km

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Bergün to Preda

Hike through a real masterpiece of engineering. The mountain trail follows the banks of the Albula river and on several occasions crosses the railway line, which in this section features the most daring of tracks. The railway-experience trail illustrates this 100-year-old feat of railway engineering.

The section between Bergün and Preda is also known as the "Albula railway miracle". Indeed, the collection of spiral tunnels, valley crossings and galleries is unrivalled anywhere else in the world. 

Places of interest along the trail

The Albula Railway Museum

The Albula Railway Museum
A museum documenting the spectacular Rhaetian Railway line.

Railway Adventure Trail

Railway Adventure Trail
The perfect hiking trail for familys from Preda to Bergün.

Albula Viaduct 3

Albula Viaduct 3
The viaduct comprises 4,000 cubic metres of walling.

Naz

Naz
A typical and well-preserved Alpine hut settlement.

5.Stage

Preda

1789 m

Spinas

1815 m

Preda to Spinas

Characteristic

This is the queen stage, running from the northern to the southern tunnel portal and over the pass. The mountain hike takes you past the crystal-clear Lai da Palpuogna mountain lake, over Alp Weissenstein, up to the Fuorcla Crap Alv (2,466 metres above sea level) and then steeply back down into the Val Bever valley and the idyllic end to the stage in Spinas.

Hiking time
4 1/4 to 4 3/4 hours
Ascent/descent
Approx. 720 / 690 metres in altitude
Distance
11,8 km

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Preda to Spinas

According to a competition held in 2007, the Lai da Palpuogna mountain lake is the "most beautiful place in Switzerland". Upon stopping at the end of the lake, it is not only the surrounding mountains that catch your eye; Piz Ela and Piz Rugnux soar majestically into the sky and are also reflected in the crystal-clear water. 

Places of interest along the trail

Palpuogna mountain lake

Palpuogna mountain lake
Also known as the “most beautiful place in Switzerland”.

Laiets Crap Alv

Laiets Crap Alv
The mountain backdrop is reflected in the crystal-clear water.

Val Bever

Val Bever
The roaring Beverin river runs through the valley.

Albula Tunnel southern portal

Albula Tunnel southern portal
An impressive showcase from the pioneering days of the railway.

6.Stage

Spinas

1815 m

St. Moritz

1775 m

Spinas to St. Moritz

Characteristic

You will be enchanted by the charming Val Bever valley and the fairy-tale trail on its left bank before being rewarded with your first view of the Bernina massif: along the river landscape of the Inn and through the Engadin high plateau to the world-famous Top of the World health resort.

Hiking time
3 1/4 to 3 3/4 hours
Ascent/descent
Approx. 210/250 metres in altitude
Distance
12,9 km

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Spinas to St. Moritz

You will be enchanted by the charming Val Bever valley and the fairy-tale trail on its left bank before being rewarded with your first view of the Bernina massif: along the river landscape of the Inn and through the Engadin high plateau to the world-famous Top of the World health resort.

On the way, we cross the tranquil village of Bever, the "railway-employee village" of Samedan and Celerina, which is known for its Olympic bob run. All of the villages have well-preserved village centres with typical Engadin houses featuring small windows set deep into the facades, sgraffiti murals and decorative flower bouquets in alcoves and on steps. 

Places of interest along the trail

Spinas

Spinas
Formerly a summer settlement, today a popular excursion destination.

Fairy-tale trail

Fairy-tale trail
Exciting stories, sculptures and play areas.

Bever

Bever
The tranquil village of Bever is situated in the heart of the Engadin high...

Celerina

Celerina
Once a small farming village, today a popular location for ski holidays.

7.Stage

St. Moritz

1775 m

Ospizio Bernina

2253 m

St. Moritz to Ospizio Bernina

Characteristic

Through moorland and Alpine pastures to the Bernina Pass. The trail includes highlight after highlight: the Stazerwald forest, Pontresina, the Morteratsch Glacier, the Lago Bianco watershed, the Lai Nair lake and Graubünden’s highest mountains.

Hiking time
6 1/4 to 6 3/4 hours
Ascent/descent
Approx. 750/270 metres in altitude
Distance
23,7 km

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St. Moritz to Ospizio Bernina

Between St. Moritz and Ospizio Bernina we experience an open and gentle landscape interspersed with lakes, streams, moors, forests, meadows and Alpine pastures and surrounded by the highest mountains in the eastern Alps.
The trail includes highlight after highlight: the Stazerwald forest, Pontresina, the Morteratsch Glacier, the Lago Bianco watershed, the Lai Nair lake and Graubünden’s highest mountains.
Piz Bernina is the highest peak in the Bernina massif. At 4,049 metres above sea level, it is the only mountain higher than 4,000 metres in the eastern Alps. The range stretches from the Bernina Pass in the east to the Muretto Pass in the west. The Bernina massif is home to several glaciers.

Places of interest along the trail

Stazersee lake

Stazersee lake
Surrounded by one of the most beautiful moors in Switzerland.

Montebello Curve

Montebello Curve
The most-photographed section of the Bernina line.

Berninabach bridges

Berninabach bridges
The “wild-west bridges” of the Bernina.

Watershed

Watershed
Border between the Romansh-speaking and Italian-speaking areas.

8.Stage

Ospizio Bernina

2253 m

Cavaglia

1698 m

Ospizio Bernina nach Cavaglia

Characteristic

After the Lago Bianco, the route leads up to the fantastic vantage point of Sassal Masson with a view of Piz Palü, the heart-shaped Lago di Palü, Alp Grüm and the Val Poschiavo valley. The high valley of Cavaglia below entices you to linger.

Hiking time
2 1/2 to 3 hours
Ascent/descent
Approx. 190/750 metres in altitude
Distance
9,0 km

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Ospizio Bernina nach Cavaglia

The trail offers fantastic views of the mountains and glaciers, while also allowing you to marvel at the deep valley of Val Poschiavo and the Italian Bergamo Alps in the background. You cannot fail to notice how the railway winds through many bends in order to negotiate the difference in height. 

Places of interest along the trail

Ospizio Bernina

Ospizio Bernina
Highest point of the UNESCO World Heritage route: 2,253 metres above sea level.

Sassal Masone

Sassal Masone
One of the most beautiful and rewarding vantage points.

Palü and Palü Glacier

Palü and Palü Glacier
One of the most beautiful mountain glaciers.

Alp Grüm

Alp Grüm
Enjoy the railway station’s panoramic views; you can also spend the night here.

9.Stage

Cavaglia

1698 m

Le Prese

973 m

Cavaglia nach Le Prese

Characteristic

Taking the detour to the accessible glacier mills of Cavaglia is well worthwhile. Just like the Rhaetian Railway, the hiking trail winds down to the Poschiavo valley floor.

Hiking time
3 to 3 1/2 hours
Ascent/descent
Approx. 50/750 metres in altitude
Distance
11,0 km

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Cavaglia nach Le Prese

From the high valley of Cavaglia, which due to the construction of the railway and power plant developed over the course of several decades into a village with a school, shop and restaurant, the descent continues and passes numerous well-kept Alpine huts surrounded by forests and hedges before ending in Poschiavino, the main settlement of the Puschlav valley.

Taking the detour to the accessible glacier mills of Cavaglia is well worthwhile. The powerful surges of prehistoric glacial meltwater caused stones to rotate, grinding the glacier mills into the rocks and forming smooth hollows and openings. 

Places of interest along the trail

Cavaglia

Cavaglia
At 1,698 metres above sea level, the picturesque high plateau spreads out from...

Glacial Wells

Glacial Wells
An extraordinary natural phenomenon.

Poschiavo

Poschiavo
Characterised by stone houses and beautiful palazzi.

Museo Poschiavino

Museo Poschiavino
Travel back in time in the Baroque-style palazzo.

10.Stage

Le Prese

973 m

Tirano

429 m

Le Prese to Tirano

Characteristic

The hiking trail runs along the banks of the Lago di Poschiavino to Miralago. Further along the trail, you can marvel at the Brusio Circular Viaduct. The route passes through vineyards on the way to Italy. The church of Santa Perpetua provides a beautiful view of the Mediterranean landscape and the town of Tirano with its awe-inspiring palazzi.

Hiking time
3 1/2 to 4 hours
Ascent/descent
Approx. 170/740 metres in altitude
Distance
13,3 km

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Le Prese to Tirano

Parallel to the railway, the hiking trails runs along the banks of the Lago di Poschiavino to Miralago. Shortly afterwards, you can marvel at the mighty Brusio Circular Viaduct. The Brusio Circular Viaduct is one of the most important brick-built bridges of the Rhaetian Railway network.

The trail is rich in variety, running through orchards, chestnut groves and vineyards and passing customs via an old mule trail on its way to Italy. The pilgrimage church of Santa Perpetua, which towers over Tirano, provides a beautiful view of the Mediterranean landscape and the town of Tirano with its awe-inspiring palazzi.

Places of interest along the trail

Lago di Poschiavo

Lago di Poschiavo
Created by a prehistoric rock slide.

Brusio Circular Viaduct

Brusio Circular Viaduct
The highlight of the Bernina line in terms of bridge technology.

Santa Perpetua

Santa Perpetua
The pilgrimage church is located in the midst of the vineyards above Tirano.

Madonna di Tirano

Madonna di Tirano
The landmark of Tirano.