Getting Around Kanton Graubünden/Grischun

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    Take a post-carriage over the Gotthard-pass

    by globetrott Updated Feb 28, 2015

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    Going by the historical post-carriage over the Gotthard-pass is certainly a really great experience and in my case I would even say that following this carriage in my car and taking photos at some great places would even make more sense than sitting inside the carriage. Take a look at their prices in the link below, 750 sfr / 750 Euros per person, that is really quite much and it is even more expensive when there are less than 8 persons in the carriage.
    Just imagine, THAT was the way that Johann Wolfgang von Goethe travelled from Germany to Italy twice.

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    San Bernardino-Pass & tunnel

    by globetrott Written Feb 28, 2015

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    San Bernardino-Pass & San Bernardino tunnel
    It was quite a surprise for me to learn that the tunnels in Switzerland are free of charge for the cartrafic. The only problem for most of the longer tunnels is that there are long queues of cars waiting at the tunnelentrance for their term. "Blockabfertigung" is the word for the fact that obviously the tunnel is for oneway-trafic only and the one direction has to wait untill the trafic from the other direction is going trough. In summertime it really makes sense to avoid that by taking the old passroads, they are very scenic, mostly there is almost no trafic at all and you can enjoy the landscape.

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    Gotthard-Pass & Gotthard Tunnel

    by globetrott Updated Feb 28, 2015

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    San Gottardo: You can chhose between the Gotthard-Pass & the Gotthard tunnel !
    When you listen to the radio you will always get the information that the tunnel at Gotthard has a waiting-time of 30 minutes or even some hours and then it might make sense to take the old passroad over the Gotthard, because there is almost no cartrafic at all, the road is perfect, not trucks going there and only a very few buses and the scenery is simply wonderful. There is a small lake on top of the pass, a hotel and restaurant and even a museum about trafic over the passroad. The alpine-fortress of the swiss army is another great sight there on top of the Gotthard !

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    The special wagon-equipment in the Glacier Express

    by globetrott Updated Feb 28, 2015

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    This is what the wagons of the famous glacier-express look like : You will have additional windows on top, so it is more easy to watch the details of the mountain-scenery and you will have tables that can partly be folded in order to step in and out of your seats more easily. There are headphones as well and for these trains you need to make a reservation and they will not accept anyone standing in the corridors.There is also a small extrafee for this part of the train and in 2012 it was 13 sfr/ 13 Euros. For more details, just click on the link below !
    Most trains between Tirano and St. Moritz will have some ordinary wagons as well and you dont need any reservation for them, standing in corridors is accepted and there is also a plus for photographers: Windows can be opened there, so there will be no reflections in your photos !
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    The funicular to Muottas Muragl in Pontresina

    by globetrott Written Feb 28, 2015

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    The funicular to Muottas Muragl close to Pontresina is a lot of fun for the whole family, I had been there in August, but this funicular is also working in wintertime. There is a large carpark next to the station of this funicular and the parking there is totally free of charge. On the top you will find a hotel and restaurant, read more about it on my link below !
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    The returnticket to Muottas Muragl is 30sfr
    and is open in summerseason:
    from June 6th till October 18th, 2009
    and in winter : Dec. 19th till Feb. 28th, 2010
    07.45am is the first funicular every day
    and at 11.00pm the last one leaving downwards
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    Engadin Wanderpass is including lots of cablecars around St.Moritz
    and is 67 sfr for 2 days, 97 for 3 days and 127 sfr for 4 days
    all of the summerseason is 304 sfr in that area
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    A Familyticket for Muottas Muragl is available every Wednesday
    in summer from 11.00 till 03.00pm for just 99 sfr
    including the transport of all of the family
    lunch for all of them incl. Mineralwater and
    someone is looking after the kids, while
    the parents go hiking !

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    The cablecar to Diavolezza

    by globetrott Updated Feb 28, 2015

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    There is this cablecar to Diavolezza, a mountain close to St. Moritz and it is a popular place to go hiking in summer and skiing in wintertime.
    The giant cablecar that takes you up to Diavolezza in a hight of 2997 meters above sealevel has a capacity of 125 passengers. The ride takes just about 15 minutes and the cablecars are leaving every half hour in summertime. There is a carpark - free of charge - for several hundreds of cars, obviously they need that many parkinglots in wintertime,while in summer it was almost empty in August 2009.
    The station of the train is right next to the cablecar,and it is called Bernina Diavolezza , so it is just a few meters to walk, when you get there by train.

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    Take the Postbus

    by globetrott Written Feb 26, 2015

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    The Swiss Post-Buses are a great and efficient way to explore Switzerland
    and you will find them going almost anywhere. You might come to the San Bernardino-pass or the Gotthard-pass like I did and you or your car might be not feel fit enough to drive the old scenic route over the steep passroads, just take the tunnel, park your car down in the valley and take the Postbus, thats a really great adventure and there is also almost no trafic up there in the mountains , even on days when there is a long waitingtime at the San Bernardino tunnel of several hours.

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    Dont forget to buy a Highway-sticker for your car

    by globetrott Written Feb 26, 2015

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    For the highways of Switzerland you will need a sticker a " vignette " - a ticket to be attached behind your windscreen.
    Unfortunately there are only 1-year-tickets available for the price of 40 sfr /(= 40 Euros in 2015) and you should be aware, that there are high penalties, when they catch you without such a sticker on your windscreen.
    Buy them at newspaper stands, petrol stations or directely at the border, when you enter Switzerland.
    When arriving ON the Autobahn already from another country, there will be an exit for all those NOT WILLING to buy a vignette...
    In Kanton Graubünden / Grischun there will be an important highway from Chur to the south and you will save a lot of time against driving the sideroads, BUT the sideroads are also very special and scenic in this part of Switzerland !

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    "Mountain Railways Inclusive" Offers

    by travelfrosch Updated Feb 24, 2013

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    One advantage of staying in this area is the "Mountain Railways Inclusive" offer. This offer, available at over 90 hotels in the area, allows for those who stay for 2 or more nights to receive a card that covers all local transporation, including buses, local trains, funiculars, chairlifts, and cable cars. Even if some of the hotels might be on the expensive side, it might be a good idea to consider the potential saved money if you plan to use the trains and mountain lifts a lot. The way it works: you check into your hotel and receive your "Engadine Card," valid for the duration of your stay. You'll normally have to pay a CHF 10 deposit, which you get back when you return the card at the end of your stay. Sorry, transport is not usually covered until you check in, nor is it covered after you check out -- ask your hotel for specifics when you book.

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    Viafier Retica/Rhaetian Railway

    by travelfrosch Written Jun 13, 2010

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    Very few national trains run in this remote Canton. Instead, most train service is provided by the private, narrow-guage Rhaetian Railway (Rhätische Bahn in German, Ferrovia retica in Italian, and Viafier Retica in Romansch). The trains are generally smaller and slower than their main-line counterparts, but they are generally just as punctual and reliable. Major rail passes, including Swisspass, are also valid on this train line (though extra reservations and supplements may be required on special tourist trains such as the Glacier Express).

    One advantage of these trains is that you can get off at quite remote areas. Quite a few of the stops on the line are "request-stops" only. That means, if nobody wants to get on or off, the train just goes right through. To get to Muottas Muragl, you get off at one such "request only" stop, Punt Muragl, then take the funicular to Muottas Muragl.

    To request the train to stop, press the green button on the train to let the conductor know you want to get off. If you are waiting at a remote station, be sure to press the "Zug Aufhalten" button on the platform. Don't get carried away and try to flag one down on your own -- you might find yourself on the wrong end of Newton's Second Law!

    Punt Muragl Station on the Rhaetian Railway Don't flag down the train yourself!
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    Glacier Express

    by travelfrosch Updated Jun 9, 2010

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    One of the more famous scenic trains in Switzerland is the Glacier Express, running from St. Moritz to Zermatt. It is accessible in Graubünden from several stations, including St. Moritz, Pontresina, Samedan, and Chur. Many say the Glacier Express is aptly named not only because of the glaciers you will see, but also because it is about how fast the trains run (nearly 8 hours for the entire trip). But with all of the scenery around, you won't mind. You might want to consider packing a picnic lunch, however.

    The train route runs on a series of private railways; the entry points to this railway system from the SBB train lines are Brig, Visp, and Chur. You can also enter the system by changing at Göschenen (between Arth-Goldau and Bellinzona) for a local train to Andermatt.

    The highlights of the trip are the journey from Brig to Zermatt, and the section between Andermatt and Disentis as you cross the Oberalp Pass.

    As of June 2009, 1-way base fare from St Moritz to Zermatt is CHF 133 2nd class, CHF 221 1st Class. 1-way Chur to Zermatt is CHF 107/CHF 178 respectively. In addition, you will be charged a "Glacier Express" supplement of CHF 33, or CHF 61-74 including lunch. Finally, seat reservations are compulsory on all Glacier Express trains. To avoid supplements and required reservations, you can take a series of local trains, though this will require you to make several transfers along the way.

    RAILPASS VALIDITY: If you have a Eurailpass, select pass, or multi-country pass, the Matterhorn-Gotthard Bahn (running the section from Zermatt to Disentis) will not honor your pass. Swisspass, Swiss Card (50% discount), and General Abonnement (GA) is valid on the entire route. Note, however, that you will still need to pay at least a CHF 33 surcharge and reserve your seat in advance, even with Swisspass or GA.

    Enjoying the view from the train Nice views Oberalp Pass A Decent View
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    to arrive to the entrance of the park

    by Fabanna Written Mar 7, 2006

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    Post bus from Zernez start regularly from early in the morning, the bus drivers are very friendly and kind ready to give you advice.
    It is worth to arrive to Zernez by train, or by car, and leave it at the main station. In the same place you will find the bus stop

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    Bernina Express

    by Cristian_Uluru Written May 3, 2005

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    The best way to reach Saint Moritz is with Bernina Express. It connect Tirano to Saint Moritz every hour and reach the Bernina Pass (2253 m). During the journey you see wonderful landscape. It is a great experience.

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    Trains to get there?

    by PeteNL Updated May 11, 2003

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    To get there, you can also go by train:
    to Chur (Switzerland) is the best option.
    Coming from Italy you can also go by train to Tirano, end of the Bernina-line from the Rhätische Bahn, which is close to the ski resort of Bormio.

    If you come through Austria, you can come by train to Landeck and from there by bus to Scuol/Schuls-Tarasp, the station closest to the Austrian border. This is also one of the best routes by car.

    Other (scenic) busroutes cross the Swiss National Park near Zernez and go to the Vintschgau/Venosta valley (Merano/Bolzano).

    Bridge near Filisur, Alb��la-line
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