Could this be the best rail journey in the world?

Switzerland’s Bernina Express crosses the Engadine Alps — in spectacular beauty

St Moritz is known for its decadence. The pinnacle of luxury skiing, there are few better ways to coast into town for the season than aboard the spectacular Red Train. But, before you disembark and check into The Carlton Hotel — itself a bastion of luxury sitting on the sun-soaked plateau above the lake — you’ve got an hours-long journey through the twisting, picturesque countryside to enjoy.

Could this be the best rail journey in the world?

From glaciers to palms, the Rhaetian Railway-controlled Bernina Express is the most extravagant and exclusive way to cross the Alps. Spanning cultures, languages and landscapes, it climbs to the glistening glaciers before descending to the palms of Italy far below.

Could this be the best rail journey in the world?

And they know just how good they’ve got it. The trains are equipped with special panoramic windows to ensure you get that perfect Instagram shot as your carriage negotiates the 55 tunnels, 196 bridges and steep inclines (of up to 7 per cent) to get you to your destination.

And watch out for one particular section — between Thusis and Tirano — which boasts UNESCO World Heritage status, one of the only railways in the world to do so. 

Could this be the best rail journey in the world?

Operated independently until the 1940s — construction finished in 1910 — the Bernina line remains one of the only lines in the world that is as spectacular in the brilliant white out of winter as it is in the sun-drenched summer.

Could this be the best rail journey in the world?

So all aboard, gents. Grab you ticket – and you skis – and make for the Red Train.

Could this be the best rail journey in the world?

Bernina Express

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