If you’re planning a vacation to the Swiss Alps, you’re probably picturing skiing down snowy peaks or sipping hot chocolate at a ritzy chalet. You might not be imagining a train journey — but you should be. If you really want to experience the beauty of the Alps, you need to check out the Albula Railway. This incredible train line is one of the most scenic and impressive rail journeys in Europe, taking passengers through some of the most picturesque countryside in all of Switzerland.
Albula Railway in Graubünden, Switzerland. 🎥: @michelphotographych
The Albula Railway is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that runs between Thusis and St. Moritz in the canton of Graubünden in eastern Switzerland. The railway was built between 1898 and 1904 by civil engineer Robert Briwet, and is considered to be an engineering marvel due to its steep inclines and tight curves. It’s also notable for its numerous bridges and tunnels—the longest being more than five miles long.
The scenery along the route is truly stunning, with lush green hills, snow-capped peaks, pristine lakes, and majestic waterfalls providing mesmerizing views throughout your journey. It’s no wonder why this route has become so popular with tourists from all over the world! You can even take a break during your trip to explore some of the charming villages along the way or hop off at one of several stations for some hiking or skiing opportunities.
The train itself adds to your experience as it chugs its way through some of Switzerland’s most breathtaking landscapes. The carriages are kept impeccably clean while offering comfortable seating with plenty of legroom and windows providing unobstructed views of your surroundings as you travel across winding mountain passes or through tunnels carved into solid rock face. During your journey there will be several stops where you can get off to explore nearby attractions such as Albulapass or Lej da Segl waterfall before continuing on your journey.