our excursion on the Bernina Express and were so looking forward
to it as we'd heard it was one of the most scenic journeys in Switzerland!
Other guests told us we'd be seeing staggering views
- towering mountains, huge lakes, mountain streams, alpine pastures and even
The day of our
journey dawned crisp and sunny, perfect for our day out. Just before 10am, the
bright red train pulled into Pontresina station and we settled into our comfy
seats beside the huge window. We linked to the 'InfoT(r)ainment' system
which gave us interactive information about the route and also worked as an
We travelled through the glorious
countryside, heading ever upwards, and had great views of the glaciers at
Morteratsch and Bernina Diavolezza. Stunning! We ordered a coffee from the
steward and were served at our seat just before we got to Ospizio Bernina at
2,253m - the highest point of the journey. We loved the views over Lago Bianco!
We pulled in at Alp Grüm, then headed onwards on the twisting track as we
slowly started to come down the mountain. Lake Poschiavo was another highlight,
then it was the famous Brusio circular viaduct. We crossed the border into
Italy and a few miles later, arrived into Tirano at midday. Stretching our
legs, we had a wander around the town and then found a trattoria for lunch,
with some delicious pasta and Italian wine.
train left Tirano just after 2pm. We enjoyed noticing different things that we
hadn't spotted on the way down and were pleased to be able to see our
highlights for a second time. The autumn
colours really were at their best, with landscapes full of vibrant greens and
oranges. The Bernina Express is truly a unique experience and a very special
We had such a fabulous holiday in
Switzerland and would definitely go again!"