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Stop off on the Bernina Express route

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Stop off on the Bernina Express route

We are travelling home in early June from Lake Garda to London via the Bernina Express and are looking for some stop off points for 2 or 3 nights.Zurich looks expensive,so thinking Chur and possibly somewhere en route across the Alps.Looked at Muottas Muragl hotel but put off by the restaurant prices.We don't want to travel far off the rail route.Anyone have some suggestions/recommendations please?

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1. Re: Stop off on the Bernina Express route

Have you thought about Youth Hostels?Many in Switzerland have private doubles with their own bath, and are quite reasonable.

I have been in Chur many times, and it is a great stop if you are interested in Swiss history and architecture. There is an old town and an interesting museum, plus a clock tower. However, it really isn't as beautiful or compelling a destination as Zurich, and I wouldn't spend more than 1 night there.

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2. Re: Stop off on the Bernina Express route

Ask "Engadiner" by PM. She knows more about the area than any of us, especially more than someone I would call a "casual tourist" to our country.

Bernina Express line goes from Tirano to Chur. Why are you going that way. Quicker route would be Lago di Garda to Milano, Milano to either Basel or Geneva, then on to Paris and London...

If you want to look at youth hostels for CH use this link

www.youthhostel.ch

try as well

bnb.ch

But many 3 star hotels are reasonably priced especially if you choose demi pension. ie have breakfast and dinner included.

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I would suggest the Albula valley situated between Preda and Rheichenau Tamins. Berguen is my favourite place in Switzerland and has several hotels at reasonable rates, the next village along is Filisur which sits low in the valley however the Hotel Grischuna is by the railway station and is a much loved hotel by railway enthusiasts. Tiefencastel has several hotels in site of the railway line across the river. Thusis and Bonaduz lower down the Albula also have reasonable costed places to stay.

http://www.grischuna-filisur.ch/en/anfahrt

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4. Re: Stop off on the Bernina Express route

If you want something really special (I take it you are looking to spend ONE night), do the following:

Instead of taking the Bernina Express, take any "normal train" from Tirano direction St. Moritz. If you have time, make a stopover in Poschiavo, a nice and very special small mountain town. Then continue on the Bernina line and get off at Bernina Diavolezza where you take the cablecar up to Diavolezza. The mountain hotel http://www.diavolezza.ch/en/accommodation/ there is right in the middle of glaciers, snow fields, rock and peaks and they have very nice accomodation - from dorm rooms to family rooms to double rooms with ensuite ad a very good prize, including dinner (all the guests together at the same time, but on separate tables per group) and a good breakfast buffet. There are mostly mountaineers staying overnight and when the day-tourists have left with the last cablecar, it gets really calm and beautifully relaxed and this is a very special experience to be so in the middle of nature. There are two breakfast times, as the mountaineers get up before day-break to get up to the peaks, so the second breakfast buffet is for the few other guests and you can really enjoy it with a beautiful panorama view. If you want, you can even have a whirl pool session outdoor (even with a glass of champagne) and enjoy the view. I prefer to just sit on the outside terrace (in June probably sitting on one of the provided sheep skins and with one of the wool blankets) and observe the mountaineers on their descent through my binoculars before heading downs again.

But also Muottas Muragls is nice - dont let you put off by the restaurant prizes, this is one of the famous dinner excursions as you have a perfect view with a sunset-dinner (which is late in June however), but they also offer less expensive options. But as mentioned, the prize on Diavolezza includes dinner (a decent 4-course dinner - home-cooked fare as you eat in Swiss families, no gourmet-couising as on Muottas Muragls, but healthy filling food as the mountaineers need energy for their next days tour). Be however prepared that Diavolezza is really off the beaten track, you have no other entertainment than nature up there.

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Great info from Engadiner. thank you.My wife and I are planning 4-5 days in the Lake Como area in early-mid sept . We will have a car and would like to spend some time in Engadine to take scenic drives and casual walking trails . Possbly visit Muottas Muragls and ride the Bernina Express day return as well.We could spend a night if recommended. Any suggestions for itinerary?

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6. Re: Stop off on the Bernina Express route

Margaret, as this is a completely different question (car v. train e.g.) you would be better off asking your questions in a thread of your own instaed of jumping on to someone other's - this way you would get answers especially for you and if you put a title expressing your question, this would help others as well (as they would be able to find answers to their questions as well and DE's would not have to repeat everything again and again).

To your questions:

Do you mean to stay 4-5 days in the Lake Como area and then add some more days in the Engadin St. Moritz area?

Or do you want to travel to the Engadin from Lake Como for day-trips?

You could do the Bernina line (would not have to be the express, just any train) as a round trip, but forget the car in this case.

For all the timetables see www.sbb.ch (in your case e.g. your place on Lake Como as the starting point, Muottas Muragl (via Tirano) as destination, new search for the section MM as starting point, your place on Lake Como as destination and Maloja or Chiavenna in the via section to get the round trip. Depending on where you stay on Lake Como, it should be possible, but it would be a loooooong day traveling and it would be rushed. You could also stay overnight on Muottas Muragl (or then on Diavolezza). Or else if you stay for two or more nights in the area to explore, chose a hotel participating in the cable cars included special …stmoritz.ch/sommer/en/bergbahnen-inclusive/

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7. Re: Stop off on the Bernina Express route

The Youth Hostel at Pontresina is right on the station. From here you can go a little way back down the line towards Tirano and walk to see the glacier, you can walk right on to the glacier. Backtrack a little further to Alp Grum and you have some superb views.

Youth hostels aren't expensive, the beds are really, really comfortable. Mostly it's half board, you can get private rooms with shower for a very reasonable price.

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