The Highest Rail Crossing in Europe Is a Magical Mountain Express

It's the only train you'll ever hope gets delayed. 

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Most people travel to Switzerland to go hiking or skiing (or to enjoy some of the best chocolate in the world). But if they haven't taken a ride on , they're seriously missing out on a spectacular train trip. The highest rail on the European continent, it connects Chur, Switzerland to Tirano, Italy, crossing the Swiss Alps. The best part: The line is specifically operated for sight-seeing so there is no doubt you'll be taking in some of the greatest views the peaks have to offer.

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A Day Trip
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An entire ride on the route stretches across a whopping 485,564 feet. It lasts about , giving you plenty of time to unwind and watch the world go by.

Going Up

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The excursion might start you off at an elevation of almost 2,000 feet, but eventually .

Trekking Over and Under
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During the ride, you'll traverse through .

Making History
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Even cooler: The Bernina Express . The organization cited the rail as an exemplary use of overcoming "the isolation of settlements in the Central Alps early in the 20th century with a major and lasting socio-economic impact on life in the mountains."

Rain or Shine
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And you never have to wait for the trail to be "in season" because the scenery is stunning all year. You can , all for the price of $62 for a one way ticket.

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