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The Bernina Express


This express train runs from Tirano (reached from Milan in 2 hours) and covers an impressive 1,824m height difference, starting at 429m above sea level in Tirano, up to 2,253m a.s.l. at Ospizio Bernina (the highest point in Europe reached by train). The final destination is St. Moritz in Switzerland.

The Bernina Express climbs gradients of 7%. It was built in the 20th century and in 2008 was declared a world heritage site by Unesco. For those who want to enjoy the mountain scenery in the summer months there are open top panoramic carriages which enrich the experience even more.

The journey on the Bernina Express from Tirano to St. Moritz takes 3 hours. Its story begins at the end of the 19th century, when there was a need to link the urban centres of the Alpine valleys and increase tourism. At the very end of the century, on 22nd December 1899, the Swiss government awarded the General Water Power Limited the contract to build the Bernina line.

In 1905 a referendum was held to approve the construction of the railway line and on 1st May 1906 work commenced, which finished on 5th July 1910. On 1st January 1942 the Bernina Railway became part of the Rhaetian Railway.

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