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Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes
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Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes

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Rank: 1001 UNESCO
Wonder Type: Cultural
Country: Italy, Switzerland
Best of: Railroad, Train Trip
Description:
Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes, brings together two historic railway lines that cross the Swiss Alps through two passes. Opened in 1904, the Albula line in the north western part of the property is 67 km long. It features an impressive set of structures including 42 tunnels and covered galleries and 144 viaducts and bridges. The 61 km Bernina pass line features 13 tunnels and galleries and 52 viaducts and bridges. The property is exemplary of the use of the railway to overcome 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. It constitutes an outstanding technical, architectural and environmental ensemble and embodies architectural and civil engineering achievements, in harmony with the landscapes through which they pass.
This article uses material from UNESCO World Heritage List article "Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike 3.0 IGO License.