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Soaking up the beauty of nature: the Railway Adventure Trail Albula makes the UNESCO World Heritage 'Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes' come alive, says Roman Cathomas, UNESCO World Heritage product manager for the RhB and Bernina Express.
Roman Cathomas, what is the idea behind the Railway Adventure Trail Albula?
To make the UNESCO World Heritage 'Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes' come alive. You can experience the UNESCO World Heritage area by looking out of the train as you travel – it is the other way round on the Railway Adventure Trail Albula: it's an impressive showcase of the pioneering days of the railway as well as of the surrounding countryside. The three stages of the hike are dotted with highlights of railway construction and history, and bold structures.
What about the future of the Railway Adventure Trail – is the route likely to be extended?
The Railway Adventure Trail Albula was opened in the 1980s as a railway heritage trail and modernised and extended in 2012. Today's trail is thus very interesting, authentic and informative. But we do intend to extend and further develop the Railway Adventure Trail constantly, adding new things to discover.
Are there similar plans for the Bernina area, which is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage site?
Yes, we want to make it possible to discover the Bernina area more too. In 2013, an association was founded to optimise existing and new attractions in the Bernina area. The RhB naturally plays a key role, with it UNESCO World Heritage status. But the main topic is going to be the glacier world of Bernina in all its diversity.
Where do you get the best view of the UNESCO World Heritage area?
My insider tip is the view from Lai da Caraling onto the Bernina Line: on this hike from Bernina Ospizio to Cavaglia or Alp Grüm, you get a fantastic impression of how the train winds up the steep slopes on the twisting tracks. On the Albula Line, I would recommend the ruined castle of Greifenstein above Filisur: this hill provides extensive views, making the RhB look like a model railway twisting its way through the landscape of the Albula Valley.