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The Bernina Red Train
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il 19.02.13 Postato in Activity, Bormio

The Bernina Red Train


The red train of Bernina leaves Tirano at 492 meters above sea level and reaches 2257 meters at the “Bernina Hospice” and then 1775 meters in St. Moritz, crossing stunning alpine sceneries. The red train is equipped with modern carriages from which you can admire the landscape all around. This tour offers the opportunity to spend a few hours in close contact with nature, to be caressed by the breeze and to breathe in the scent of the woods.

Since July 2008 the Rhaetian Railway is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The trip

You climb onto the red train of the Rhaetian Railway station of Tirano and after passing in front of the Church of Our Lady the climb begins in the valley of Poschiavo. At Brusio the train describes a wide circle to gain altitude. From above, you can see the bell tower of the church of San Romerio. Then you reach the village of Miralago and the train runs along the right bank of the lake. When you are at “Le Prese”, the train begins to climb up the sides of the valley of Poschiavo, following a steep trail. After the village of Poschiavo (1019 m), it continues along the right side higher and higher. It reaches a quiet plain called “Alpe Cavaglia” (1693 m) where you can see a thick forest of larches, firs and pines. It proceeds still up and after some steep turns it goes up the valley of Pila. The train arrives at “'Alpe Grum” at 2091 meters. Watch west and you’ll see the glacier and the “Lag da Palu”. This lake is fed by the waters from this glacier. Then you meet the White Lake, and along the right bank you arrive at the station of the Bernina Pass, which, with its 2256 meters, is the highest point of the trail. From the top of the pass a pleasant descent along the valley of Bernina starts. You arrive at the station Morteratsch, where you have a panoramic view of the group of mountains that stretches from the Piz Bernina to the Piz Palù. The tourist center of Pontresina is on the right side of the valley and after a few kilometers you reach the town of St. Moritz, the end point of this pleasant excursion.