Is this the most spectacular railway journey in Europe?

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Is this the most spectacular train ride in Europe?Rhaetische Bahn/Andrea Badrutt

Anyone in search of a beautiful train journey this year needn't look further than Europe where a spectacularly scenic railway trip awaits.


Switzerland's Bernina Express runs from Chur and St Moritz in the east of the tiny country, before crossing the northern Italian border to Tirano.

Rhaetische Bahn: Bernina Express - Lago di Poschiavo
Bernina Express running beside Lake Badrutt

This fascinating four-hour train ride negotiates 55 tunnels, 196 bridges and takes in three of Switzerland's four language regions (Italian, Romansh and German), while allowing you to experience a UNESCO World Heritage Site (the line from Thusis - Valposchiavo - Tirano) up close.

Just as you'd expect from one of the world's most captivating Alpine landscapes, the 90-mile journey offers views of glorious glaciers, dramatic mountains and breathtaking lakes.

Rhaetische Bahn: Bernina Express Mettler

Whether you take the trip in the summer when you can see Switzerland's verdant landscapes come alive or in the winter when snow covers the country creating a magical winter wonderland, this is one train journey to add to your holiday bucket list.

Some of the incredible experiences along the way include rolling over the UNESCO-protected Landwasser Viaduct that appears straight out of a Harry Potter film (just like the real movie location, the Glenfinnan Viaduct in Scotland).

Rhaetische Bahn: Bernina Express - Berninalinie Benz

The impressive Montebello Curve is another highlight and offers a view of the Bernina massif, the Morteratsch glacier, the three lakes of Pitschen, Nair and Bianco, as well as the Alp Grüm and the Brusio Circular Viaduct.

Meanwhile, the highest point on the great railway journey is 2,253 metres above sea level, where you will find the Ospizio Bernina. Here, you'll enjoy the Alps at their most spectacular.

Rhaetische Bahn: Bernina Express - Berninalinie
The Bernina Express tackles the Montebello Curve, with Morteratsch in the Benz

If you've been looking for a wonderful gift for someone you love, or have been searching for a dream trip in 2024, the Bernina Express could be for you.

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Rhaetische Bahn/Andrea Badrutt

You can experience escaping to the open air of the Swiss Alps while enjoying one of the world's top trains.

Can't believe a train ride can be this dreamy? Experience it for yourself with Prima's exclusive Bernina Express holiday in May, September or December, which includes Bernina Express tickets, a stay in Lake Como and a day in Varenna.


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