Historic Railway Trail: From Preda to Bergün

Preda - Bergün

Blick auf das Dorf und die Albulalinie

Blick auf das Dorf und die Albulalinie

Bahnhof Bergün

Bahnhof Bergün

Bergün Dorf

Bergün Dorf

With 39 tunnels, 55 bridges and a difference in altitude of 1123 metres, the Albula line of the Rhaetian Railway between Thusis and St. Moritz is a masterpiece of railway engineering. It was opened in 1903 after having been under construction for 5 years. The section between Preda and Bergün is one of the most spectacular stretches in the world and is a prime example of how the high alpine landscape was opened up.

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Technical information

Starting point:Preda
Destination:Bergün
Getting to the starting point:Train to Preda
Getting to the destination:Train from Bergün
Technique:medium
Physical fitness:medium
Lenght:7km
Hiking time:2h
Season:June till October

Description

This area has been awarded the status of World Heritage Site due to the Rhaetian Railway and the Albula line has been under UNESCO protection since 2008 due to the unique and dramatic layout of the line. As if begging to be filmed, the railway twists from Bergün up the steep slopes, disappearing into tunnels every now and then, just to emerge a short while later where you least expect it. Worth a visit is the model railway system on a scale of 1:87 in the regional museum in Bergün.

Fortunately the Historic Railway Trail, a two and a half hour hike, is there to answer the many questions about this most spectacular stretch of railway in the world.

It is after all located in the same unique high alpine environment. Because between Bergün and Preda you are not only in a World Heritage Site but also in the nature reserve of Parc Ela, whose 548 square km surface area makes it the biggest reserve in Switzerland.

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The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.

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