Jun 8, 2018 - 7:14 AM
in reply to Ericf
>> Which is the better "1/2" of the trip for BEX - Chur to Pont/Sam or Pont/Sam to Tirano.
In terms of making the most of the panoramic windows, I think the more spectacular sector is Pontresina to Tirano, which includes
- the Morteratsch and other glaciers
- the high alpine country above the treeline
- the highest point of the trip (Ospizio Bernina)
- Lago Bianco (the White Lake)
- Lago di Poschiavo (Lake Poschiavo)
- the Brusio circular viaduct
If you go over the Landwasser Viadukt (which is in the Chur-Pontresina sector) in a regional train, there will be no announcement to warn you when the viaduct is coming up, so you will need to keep an eye on where you are in order not to miss it. It's all over in 20 seconds!
Sit on the right, in the back half of the train so you can see the front of the train ahead on the curved viaduct.
The Landwasser Viadukt is between Tiefencastel and Filisur, but much closer to Filisur. There are a couple of other stations after Tiefencastel and before the viaduct (Surava and Alvaneu), but not all trains stop there.
Likewise, if you do the Pontresina-Tirano sector on a regional train, you will get no warning of the approach of the Brusio circular viaduct. It is on the right between Brusio and Campascio, but not all trains stop at those stations, so keep an eye out for it once you have left Miralago (at the far end of Lago di Poschiavo).
>> I'm assuming there is a commentary on the BEX
Not a commentary as such, but they do announce major points of interest along the way over the public address system.
In first class, I think you also get free access to an audio guide on your own smartphone or tablet.
Last modified on Jun 8, 2018 - 7:21 AM by Alpenrose666