UNESCO HERITAGE

The Albula-Bernina rail line, our UNESCO heritage landscape

In 2008 UNESCO designated the Rhaetian Railway’s Albula-Bernina line as a World Heritage Landscape. With its spectacular railway architecture, deep gorges, icy glaciers and Mediterranean climate, the interaction between railway, landscape and the population presents a unique experience. The Rhaetian Railway (RhB) in the Albula-Bernina Landscape traverses what is perhaps the most beautiful of all the alpine crossings – an ideal way to experience the Alps.

As far as the eye can see

The UNESCO Heritage Landscape not only comprises the RhB railway line itself, but also the whole region that you can experience from the train window. In other words, it includes the natural and cultural landscape in which it nestles, the picturesque villages and settlements as well as local customs and traditions.

RhB website

The highest rail transit in the Alps

The Bernina Line is unique in the world on two counts: no other alpine line crosses as high above sea level, and  it is also one of the world’s steepest adhesion railways. Crossing the Bernina Pass at 2253 meters (7392 ft.) and the Brusio Circular Viaduct represent the rail line’s greatest engineering challenges south of the Alps.

© Foto Roberto Moiola / Clickalps

Travelling by train: an ideal mode of transportation

The Bernina Line is the Poschiavo Valley’s backbone, and the railway is the best way to vacation in the valley. Both relaxing and sustainable, the train is the easiest way to reach our beautiful spots: Cavaglia, Alp Grüm and the Ospizio Bernina; just perfect for fleeing daily stress and a carefree way to enjoy our breathtaking views.

The Via Albula/Bernina Trail

Would you prefer to hike the Albula-Bernina Line? The Via Albula/Bernina Trail follows the rail line in ten stages from Thusis to Tirano. The tired hiker can access the train anywhere along the line.

Access the Via Albula/Bernina information on the RhB website and at SwitzerlandMobility

UNESCO World Heritage Tour

Would you rather leave your car behind? We have options for you: the Rhaetian Railway, postal bus (the heir to our ancient stagecoach lines) and our cable railways. In five days, Graubünden’s UNESCO World Heritage Tour takes you from its starting point at Landquart/Chur to the Sardona Tectonic Arena, the St. John Convent, and a ride on the UNESCO World Heritage route via the Rhaetian Railway’s Albula-Bernina line. It is the perfect way to enjoy a car-free tour through Graubünden.

UNESCO-World Heritage Package (Graubünden Ferien)

The Venice - Southern Tyrol - St. Moritz Tour

What do Venice and the Valposchiavo have in common? The Venice - South Tyrol - St. Moritz Tour takes you from romantic and dreamy Venice, via Verona and Vicenza to the botanical gardens of Padua and across the Dolomite Mountains, all the way to the glamorous alpine town of St. Moritz. Whether you prefer culture or nature, the seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites along this route offer unprecedented opportunities to explore these regions by train and postal bus in a very special way.

World Heritage Experience Switzerland
Venice-South Tyrol-St. Moritz Tour

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