Bernina Express (75-mins) (DVD)
Step aboard the famous Bernina Express for the spectcular journey over the Swiss Alps from St.Moritz in Switzerland to Tirano in Italy, the highest open crossing in the whole of Europe. This wonderful line is operated by Rhaetian Railway, the largest private railway company in the country.
Before joining the train at St.Moritz, we mingle with the rich at play at some of the glamorous winter equestian events which take place each year on the thick ice covering the frozen lake. We then climb aboard our train in January to begin this magical 60km journey. The line winds its way through deep snow towards the white-capped Bernina mountain range, over which our route passes. We pause to join in on ski fun on the Diavolezza pistes, look at the Morteratsch glacier and meet some unusual railway employees.
At Alp Grum we change seasons and make a breathtaking descent towards Italy in warm summer sunshine. The line loses more that 1500 metres in height to reach Tirano and this is accomplished by several horseshoe tunnels and loops culminating in the unique spiral viaduct at Brusio. Our journey ends just over the Italian border at Tirano, with its famous 16th. century church.
Extras: The modern Bernina Express panoramic stock in operation during summer 2002, various train movements around Alp Grum and Cavaglia, a visit to St.Moritz and the Ponttresina region, and the vistas from the Muottas Muragi viewing pint in summer and winter.
Also available is a companion DVD, “The New Glacier Express” showing the spectacular journey across Switzerland from Zermatt toSt.Moritz,