The Bernina Express – the closest thing you’ll ever get to riding on the Hogwarts Express. If you know me in real life, you may know that I have a little thing for trains…I’m a total train geek. I just find them so magical and such a romantic way to travel, and maybe because I have a fear of flying, I am able to experience that travel excitement without feeling the need to pop 50 Calm pills (I don’t do this, by the way!).
A couple of years ago I heard about the Bernina Express train and it’s been on my travel bucket list ever since. I planned a whole family trip to Italy, starting in Zurich, Switzerland, all around my need to experience this scenic train, which I’m glad to say not only met my expectations but it truly exceeded them.
The Bernina Express is a 4-hour long train journey from a small town in Switzerland, Chur, through the Swiss Alps and to Tirano, in Italy. You see all types of things on the journey, small villages with the mountains as the backdrop, tiny old churches, people skiing (if you’re lucky), lakes and my favourite, viaducts. Although you might think 4 hours is a long time to sit on a train, and I too initially thought this, so armed myself with a book, music and Netflix shows downloaded, but honestly I didn’t even read the blurb of my new book. I spent the journey just admiring the nature that I was in (when did I become such an old lady!) and taking pictures…of course!
Bernina Express Tips:
- If you can, I would recommend booking the panoramic coaches, just to get the full experience of being on a train journey through the Swiss Alps.
- Book early, as it gets booked up very quickly!
- Get your camera ready for shots of the mountains & viaducts etc and listen to the Bernina staff members as they tell you what’s coming up.
- If you’re a keen photo-taker, you can open the small windows in between each carriage to get a shot without the annoying window glare.