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Bernina Express (673)

· 4 reviews · Mountainbiking · Engadin St. Moritz
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    biker along lago Bianco
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The local mountain bike route Bernina Express has taken its name from the legendary train of the Rhaetian Railway that travels over the Bernina Pass, and is as varied as it is inspiring. The return journey from Poschiavo by train is part of this tour, which connects the high Engadin valley with the southern Valposchiavo.
moderate
Distance 37.5 km
4:10 h
627 m
1,315 m
2,276 m
1,011 m
From Samedan, the route leads along the Bernina Valley through uniquely beautiful landscapes, which again and again offer views of the impressive glaciers of the Bernina massif. At the top of the pass, it passes Lago Bianco on the left before the descent down to Valposchiavo begins. After only a few metres of descent, you can feel and smell the southern climate and the changed vegetation. The terrace of the Belvedere restaurant or the buffet of the Alp Grüm railway station invite you to take a break and enjoy a drink.
From Cavaglia you can follow the signposted route, which leads along gravel and asphalt roads, or choose the more technically demanding variant along the railway line and the old path.
On the railway journey from Poschiavo to the Bernina Pass you can get an impression of the pioneering spirit of the people who built this route over 100 years ago. If possible, it is worth taking a seat in an open car.

The flowing descent from the Bernina Pass to Pontresina is the crowning glory of this varied tour. By the way: in God Chapütschöl, Pontresina has taken the opportunity to run the route for the ascent and descent on separate paths. While the downhill trail leads down into the valley over rhythmic waves and fluid local curves, the uphill trail winds its way through the picturesque forest over constant changes of direction and climbs of varying steepness. It is the first uphill trail in the Engadin that has been specifically adapted for uphill riding.

 

More information
Engadin St. Moritz Tourismus AG
Via Maistra 1 
CH-7500 St. Moritz
Tel: +41 81 830 00 01
E-mail: allegra@engadin.ch 
Internet: www.engadin.ch

Author’s recommendation

Treat yourself to a piece of homemade cake on the panoramic terrace of the Belvedere Restaurant.
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Engadin St. Moritz
Update: July 01, 2022
Difficulty
S2 moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,276 m
Lowest point
1,011 m
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Track types

Asphalt 2.58%Dirt road 0.28%Forested/wild trail 60.02%Path 22.63%Road 14.46%
Asphalt
1 km
Dirt road
0.1 km
Forested/wild trail
22.5 km
Path
8.5 km
Road
5.4 km
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Tips and hints

The express trains "Bernina Express" with their panorama coaches do not offer the possibility to transport bikes. All other trains are equipped for mountain bike transport. Please note the current timetable!

Start

Samedan, railway station (1,705 m)
Coordinates:
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2'786'703E 1'156'480N
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46.533551, 9.872656
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46°32'00.8"N 9°52'21.6"E
UTM
32T 566919 5153701
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Destination

Poschiavo railway station

Turn-by-turn directions

Samedan - Pontresina - Morteratsch - Bernina pass - Alp Grüm - Cavaglia - Poschiavo

Note

Wildlife refuge Chapütschöl: December 20 - April 30
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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Coordinates

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2'786'703E 1'156'480N
DD
46.533551, 9.872656
DMS
46°32'00.8"N 9°52'21.6"E
UTM
32T 566919 5153701
w3w 
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Ruth Pircher
August 13, 2022 · Community
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October 09, 2020 · Community
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When did you do this route? October 08, 2020
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Difficulty
S2 moderate
Distance
37.5 km
Duration
4:10 h
Ascent
627 m
Descent
1,315 m
Highest point
2,276 m
Lowest point
1,011 m
Public-transport-friendly Refreshment stops available Scenic Geological highlights Botanical highlights Cableway ascent/descent Linear route

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