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33 Via Albula/Bernina

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  • Berninapass
    / Berninapass
    Photo: Nico Schärer
  • / Landwasserviadukt
    Photo: Nico Schärer
  • / Hospizio Bernina
    Photo: Nico Schärer
  • / Morteratsch Gletscher
    Photo: Nico Schärer
  • / Palpuognasee
    Photo: Nico Schärer
  • / Brusio
    Photo: Nico Schärer
  • /
    Photo: Nico Schärer
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The hiking trail along the UNESCO World Heritage section of the Rhaetian Railway runs as near as possible to the Albula and Bernina railway line, regularly affording enchanting open views of an over 100-year-old total artwork in stunning Alpine scenery.
moderate
Distance 126.2 km
41:24 h
4,228 m
4,456 m

In terms of solving structural- engineering problems and the harmony between their encroachment and nature, the Albula/Bernina railway line is a masterpiece from railway pioneering days. The first part of the hike leads along the Albula line from Thusis, north of the Alps, through the Albulatal valley via the Fuorcla Crap Alv into Val Bever and through the unique Upper Engadin high plateau to St. Moritz. The southern four sections continue over the Berninapass into Val Poschiavo and finally reach Tirano in the Italian Veltlin.

Making the journey on foot through one of the most varied natural and cultural landscapes between high Alpine, Alpine and sub-tropical zones, continually accompanied by the Albula and Bernina railway, is one of the most wonderful of all hiking experiences. The UNESCO structures, such as bridges, viaducts (helical) tunnels and stations set in wild natural Alpine surroundings can best be discovered on this hike in total harmony with nature. Three language regions, numerous landscape gems and places with special character round off this hiking experience.

A long-distance hike for everyone, as it constantly crosses the route of the Rhaetian Railway, providing the assurance of being able to climb aboard at any time and thus arrange and adapt the one-day stages to suit individual fitness levels and interests.

Author’s recommendation

Book Albula/Bernina trek online including luggage transport under www.graubuenden.ch.
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,479 m
Lowest point
426 m
Best time of year
Jan
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Tips and hints

Guestinformation Viamala
Bahnhof / Schalter RhB
7430 Thusis
Tel. +41 (0)81 650 90 30
info@viamala.ch

Ente Turistico Valposchiavo Stazione
7742 Poschiavo
Tel. +41 (0)81 844 05 71
Fax +41 (0)81 844 10 27
info@valposchiavo.ch
www.valposchiavo.ch

Start

Thusis (700 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'753'138E 1'173'720N
DD
46.697107, 9.441027
DMS
46°41'49.6"N 9°26'27.7"E
UTM
32T 533718 5171600
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Destination

Tirano (I)

Turn-by-turn directions

Stages:

33.1 Thusis–Tiefencastel
33.2 Tiefencastel–Filisur
33.3 Filisur–Bergün
33.4 Bergün–Preda
33.5 Preda–Spinas
33.6 Spinas–St. Moritz
33.7 St. Moritz–Ospizio Bernina
33.8 Ospizio Bernina–Cavaglia
33.9 Cavaglia–Le Prese
33.10 Le Prese–Tirano (I)

Note

Wildlife refuge Fullun: December 20 - April 30
all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Diese Tour kann mittels öffentlichen Verkehrsmittel vereinfacht werden.

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Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'753'138E 1'173'720N
DD
46.697107, 9.441027
DMS
46°41'49.6"N 9°26'27.7"E
UTM
32T 533718 5171600
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Lorenz Schilling 
March 20, 2016 · Community
Sehr schöne Tour. Allerdings haben wir die Etappen etwas anders gestaltet.
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
126.2 km
Duration
41:24 h
Ascent
4,228 m
Descent
4,456 m
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  • 10 Stages
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 1
Distance 19.1 km
Duration 7:13 h
Ascent 1,136 m
Descent 959 m

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Duration 3:53 h
Ascent 522 m
Descent 304 m

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Distance 9.6 km
Duration 3:15 h
Ascent 729 m
Descent 432 m

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Distance 6.5 km
Duration 2:30 h
Ascent 512 m
Descent 98 m

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Ascent 698 m
Descent 668 m

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Hiking trail · Switzerland
33.06 Spinas - St. Moritz
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Distance 12.2 km
Duration 3:43 h
Ascent 250 m
Descent 290 m

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33.07 St. Moritz - Ospizio Bernina
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 7 closed
Distance 29.6 km
Duration 10:10 h
Ascent 1,035 m
Descent 724 m

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Distance 9.4 km
Duration 2:50 h
Ascent 240 m
Descent 780 m

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Distance 10.9 km
Duration 2:59 h
Ascent 24 m
Descent 751 m

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Descent 820 m

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