Bernina Pass


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Bernina Pass

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(Placename) a pass in the Alps between SE Switzerland and N Italy, east of Piz Bernina. Height: 2323 m (7622 ft)
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Passengers join the train at Pontresina in the Val Bernina before climbing to the Bernina Pass and Morteratsch station at 6220ft.
There was no snow about at the bottom but as we got higher the snow became more plentiful, in fact we were to pass around a huge glacier as the train reached the highest point of the journey, the Bernina Pass, at a height of 2,253 metres.
Under the watchful eye of the Pole star, we slowly climb towards the Bernina pass, passing Morteratsch (1,896 metres) and Bernina Diavolezza (2,093 metres) before finally reaching the highest point of the entire train network of the Rhaetian Railway near the Ospizio Bernina station at Lago Bianco (2,253 metres).
Moritz the route follows the high alpine reaches of the Alps cresting at the Bernina Pass - at 7,637ft it is the highest rail summit in Europe - before descending in a slow corkscrew to the Italian town of Tirano.