The year 2010 will mark the hundredth anniversary of the Rhaetian Railway (RhB) and of the inauguration of the Bernina Line. Celebrations are being held in all four seasons of the year along the 61 kilometres of the line – from Valposchiavo and Valtellina right up to Oberengadin. Europe’s steepest conventional wheel-adhesion railway (as opposed to a rack system), which runs to the highest point on the RhB at 2,253 metres above sea level, is aptly named after Piz Bernina, the tallest Alpine peak in the Swiss canton Graubünden. The Bernina Line has lost none of its fascination since the first train ran along it in 1910. On the contrary, thanks to the world-famous Bernina Express and the awarding in 2008 of UNESCO World Heritage status, it is now regarded as one of the world’s most outstanding railway experiences.
Der Panorama-Zug Bernina Express der Rhätischen Bahn beginnt seine Reise in der Kantonshauptstadt Chur und erreicht nach einer Reisezeit von rund 4 Stunden seinen Zielbahnhof im italienischen Tirano.
Experience the 238.6 miles (384 kilometres) of the Rhaetian Railway’s many-faceted attractions – from the driver’s footplate.
The Bernina Express runs from Chur to Tirano via St. Moritz. The section from Thusis to Tirano follows the RhB UNESCO World Heritage Line. The modern observation cars of the Rhaetian Railway help provide an impressive experience.
At the beginning of July 2008, the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO added the Albula and Bernina Lines of the Rhaetian Railway to their world heritage list. The Rhaetian Railway is only the third railway in the world to be considered “universally outstanding” by UNESCO.