We'd pre-booked our excursion on the Bernina Express and were so looking forward to it as we'd heard it was one of the most scenic journeys in Switzerland! Other guests told us we'd be seeing staggering views - towering mountains, huge lakes, mountain streams, alpine pastures and even glaciers.
The day of our journey dawned crisp and sunny, perfect for our day out. Just before 10am, the bright red train pulled into Pontresina station and we settled into our comfy seats beside the huge window. We linked to the 'InfoT(r)ainment' system which gave us interactive information about the route and also worked as an audio guide.
We travelled through the glorious countryside, heading ever upwards, and had great views of the glaciers at Morteratsch and Bernina Diavolezza. Stunning! We ordered a coffee from the steward and were served at our seat just before we got to Ospizio Bernina at 2,253m - the highest point of the journey. We loved the views over Lago Bianco! We pulled in at Alp Grüm, then headed onwards on the twisting track as we slowly started to come down the mountain. Lake Poschiavo was another highlight, then it was the famous Brusio circular viaduct. We crossed the border into Italy and a few miles later, arrived into Tirano at midday. Stretching our legs, we had a wander around the town and then found a trattoria for lunch, with some delicious pasta and Italian wine.
The return train left Tirano just after 2pm. We enjoyed noticing different things that we hadn't spotted on the way down and were pleased to be able to see our highlights for a second time. The autumn colours really were at their best, with landscapes full of vibrant
greens and oranges. The Bernina Express is truly a unique experience and a very special train journey.
We had such a fabulous holiday in Switzerland and would definitely go