- The Bernina Express -

...from lemon ice cream to eternal snow!


This is how the Ferrovia Retica (Rhaetian railway) advertised the journey from Tirano, a small town in the centre of the Valtellina, at 429m above sea level, to St. Moritz, the famous resort in the heart of the Upper Engadine at 1770m. More than a journey we could describe it as an adventure.  Crossing border areas that are so different but in some ways so similar, you can enjoy the more suggestive aspects of a route that is not just a simple transport connection between Italy and Switzerland, but a way of comparing two different realities that have a certain affinity both in geographical and cultural terms.  A unique adventure aboard a unique mode of transportation.  The Bernina train, which without the aid of a rack and pinion mechanism ‘climbs’ up the mountainside, reaching 2253m at its highest point at the Ospizio Bernina station, which takes its name from the nearby mountain refuge located at the crossing of the Bernina pass.

The official railway book

The idea to create a tourist guide that describes the complete itinerary from Tirano to St. Moritz came to us in 1999 after numerous requests from tourists who we accompanied to St. Moritz.

In May 2010, on the occasion of the centenary celebrations of the Rhaethian Railway, a new edition was published, updated with wonderful photographs by Luca Merisio.  Our intention is to help you to discover everything that the journey from Tirano to St. Moritz offers, not only a transport link between Italy and Switzerland, but a way of comparing two different realities that have a certain affinity both in geographical and cultural terms.  A unique adventure aboard a unique mode of transportation. 

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