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The Rhaetian Railway in the Albula and Bernina landscape

El ferrocarril Rético en el paisaje de los ríos Albula y Bernina

Among the routes between Italy and Switzerland of the Rhaetian Railway, the Albula and the Bernina were included in 2008 in the UNESCO sites. These routes wind through a long labyrinth of valleys and mountain passes. Its rails, completed at the beginning of the twentieth century, had at that time a huge social-economic impact on the mountain communities, finally freed from a long isolation. Turn out to be a real masterpiece of engineering, architectural and managerial unparalleled for a impervious environment like this mountains crossing. Among the most spectacular in the world, from Tirano, in Lombardy, up to Saint Moritz, in Switzerland, the route offers to travelers landscapes and unique emotions. 55 tunnels and 196 viaducts crossing and arriving at heights over 2000 meters. The first to be completed was the Railway of Albula, opened in 1904; while the Bernina Railway, was born around 1910, becoming one of the sections of the highest Alpine crossing of Europe and one of the steepest railways in the world. Today is the famous “red train of Bernina” who runs through the Rhaetian Railway that extends between landscapes, deep valleys and snow-capped peaks. Travel destinations of considerable importance, the lines open up Italy, the Engadine and the canton of Grisons to the development of winter sports.

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