Things to do in Graubünden

Our most recommended things to do in Graubünden

From Milan: Lake Como, St. Moritz & Bernina Train Day Trip

1. From Milan: Lake Como, St. Moritz & Bernina Train Day Trip

Board a luxury coach and head to the historic town of Lecco before making your way to the shores of Lake Como. Board a private boat and cruise across the calm water just after sunrise. During the cruise, enjoy the view of picturesque villages like Bellagio and Varenna and of some famous villas. Continue to St. Moritz by coach and get stunning views of the valleys and breathtaking landscapes like Chiavenna and Bregaglia. Pass through the Alpine valleys of Graubünden and the dramatic Maloja Pass through the Swiss Alps. Arrive in St Moritz and get some free time to explore and enjoy lunch or a snack at your own pace. Browse the upscale fashion stores, go for a promenade along the lake or sip a hot chocolate in one of the village cafés. Then, board the Bernina Red Train and take a breathtaking ride along one of the most beautiful rail routes in the world. Arrive at the village of Tirano to cross the Valtellina on the way back to Milan.

From Milan: Bernina Train and St. Moritz Day Trip

2. From Milan: Bernina Train and St. Moritz Day Trip

Head out on an amazing day trip from Milano through the spectacular landscapes of the Swiss Alps onboard the panoramic Bernina Red Train. Travel on the highest railways across the Alps, climbing to glistening glaciers up to 2256 meters above sea level. Capture amazing photos of the incredible landscapes you pass. Hop onto a bus and head to the small border town of Tirano in the Valtellina region. Enjoy a tour of the city including a visit to the Sanctuary. Next, embark on your breathtaking train ride to the luxury resort of St. Moritz. Immerse yourself in the mountain scenery as the train snakes and climbs around this unspoiled landscape. Arrive in St. Moritz and take the chance to stroll around the area. Explore some of its charming shops and visit the resort before being driven back to Milan by bus.

From Milan: Bernina and St. Moritz Day Tour by Scenic Train

3. From Milan: Bernina and St. Moritz Day Tour by Scenic Train

Spend a full-day traveling to St. Moritz on this exciting rail journey. The Bernina red train is one of Switzerland's most scenic railways, climbing more than 1,800 meters, making it the steepest railway journey in the world. Round-trip transfer from Milan is included in the tour. Your rail journey begins in Tirano, Italy, and takes you all the way to the world-renowned Swiss mountain resort of St. Moritz. Tirano is a picturesque Mediterranean town in a mountain setting dotted with palms and oleanders. On the journey, marvel at the scenery of the Alps. UNESCO named the Bernina route a world heritage site. See monumental glaciers, cross steep gorges, and pass through tunnels under some of the area’s most massive mountains. In St. Moritz you’ll have time to explore Switzerland's most famous mountain resort before the return journey to Milan.

Tirano to St. Moritz: Bernina Red Train Return Day-Ticket

4. Tirano to St. Moritz: Bernina Red Train Return Day-Ticket

Travel on the classic Bernina Red Train, the red fairy-tale on rails, and experience the magical countryside of the Swiss Alps. Depart from Tirano and admire spectacular scenery as you cross the Alps from the Valtellina vineyards to the glaciers of the Bernina Pass. Enjoy panoramic views from the train's windows, which have been gazed out of for over 100 years. Sit back and relax during this fairy-tale journey as the beautiful alpine landscape flows by before your eyes. Feel free to leave the train at any station and hop on the next train when you want to continue your journey. Ride all the way from Tirano to St. Moritz and back again. You can choose an optional cablecar ride to the Diavolezza Refuge to admire the mountain scenery.

From Zurich: Bus Day Trip to Heidiland and Liechtenstein

5. From Zurich: Bus Day Trip to Heidiland and Liechtenstein

Visit the incredible alpine world of Heidi on this bus day trip from Zurich. Take a walk in the Old Town in Rapperswil, have free time in the capital of Liechtenstein, and explore Heidi’s village of Maienfeld and in the summer months.   Enjoy pickup from an area next to the centrally-located Zurich HB train station. Board spacious coach and relax while taking in the views on the way to Rapperswil. Follow your guide to the picturesque Old Town and its Medieval Castle, before having some free time explore.  Continue on your journey through Ricken Pass with its panoramic views of the snow-peaked Alps. Reach the pretty hills and valley scenery of the Toggenburg region. Arrive in Vaduz, the capital of the tiny principality of Liechtenstein.  Spend some free time visiting the iconic post office to purchase some prized stamps or stop at a café to buy some coffee and snack. Travel on to Maienfeld, the setting for the Heidi stories.  Head up to Heidi’s village in the summer months on a short walk that leads to a collection of picturesque mountain houses, a village shop, and a heard of goats. In the winter months, head to see the oldest houses of Switzerland in Werdenberg, which is famous for its beautiful castle. Finally, make the bus trip back to Zurich along the banks of Lake Walen, which is guarded by the majestic Churfirsten mountain range. 

From Milan: St. Moritz and Bernina Express Panoramic Tour

6. From Milan: St. Moritz and Bernina Express Panoramic Tour

From up among sparkling glaciers and down to a land of palms, the Bernina Express offers a change of scene like no other. No other railway links north to south in such a wonderful manner on trains with glass-topped panoramic cars. In the morning, depart by bus from Milan Piazza della Repubblica to the cosmopolitan city of St. Moritz. Upon arrival, enjoy time at your disposal for a panoramic walk along the lake area, some shopping, or sweet-tasting in one of the delicious local pastry shops. In the afternoon, head over to the train station and get seated in one of the panoramic carriages on board the Bernina Express Train bound for Tirano. Experience one of life’s finest cultural and natural-world experiences on a train that traverses no fewer than 55 tunnels and 196 bridges, easily tackling inclines of up to 70 mm/m along the way. Admire the view as the train travels into the mountains. Gaze in awe at the panoramas of the Morteratsch Glacier and the world-famous Montebello Curve. Continue past the lakes of Lago Bianco e Laj Neir up to Alp Gruem. Arrive in Tirano before boarding a bus to make the return journey to Milan with a scheduled arrival in the late evening.

Swiss Travel Pass: Unlimited Travel on Train, Bus & Boat

7. Swiss Travel Pass: Unlimited Travel on Train, Bus & Boat

The Swiss Travel Pass is a must-have for any traveler to Switzerland. You can enjoy unlimited access by public train, bus, and boat to over 90 cities and towns and benefit from free entrance to 500+ museums, discounted city tours, and access to private and scenic trains with a pre-requisite seat reservation. There are two broad types of Swiss Travel Pass: Continuous and Flexi, with an option to choose from 3, 4, 8, and 15 days. Apart from it being an ‘all-in-one’ pass which allows a traveler to access all modes of public transportation within the country, it also offers numerous other benefits on the mountain excursions. So be it the adventurous, the avid or the leisure traveler, you will have the chance to make the most of your Switzerland Travel Pass.

Tirano: Bernina Red Train and Cablecar to Diavolezza Refuge

8. Tirano: Bernina Red Train and Cablecar to Diavolezza Refuge

Spend a day admiring unique panoramas of the Swiss Alps whilst traveling on the famous Bernina Red Train, which in 2010 was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. You will leave from Tirano, an ancient Italian town known for its Renaissance Basilica and its 18th-century palaces, churches and gates. Tirano is also famous for the excellent red wines made from Nebbiolo grapes, and culinary specialities like pizzoccheri, bresaola and alpine cheeses.  You will board the Bernina Red Train in Tirano, climb the Swiss Valposchiavo Valley and start the descent into the Engadin Valley until you reach Diavolezza station, where you'll take the cable car up to Diavolezza Refuge (3000 meters), also called the "Ballroom of the Alps".  Here you'll to enjoy the stunning view on the Piz Bernina and have free time to enjoy a drink or lunch at the refuge. On your way back to Tirano, where the experience ends, you can make a stop in the village of Poschiavo to take a stroll along the Poschiavo Lake.

From Zürich: Glacier Express Train Round-Trip Private Tour

9. From Zürich: Glacier Express Train Round-Trip Private Tour

Travel on the worldwide known Glacier-Express-Train with a private guide. Enjoy a round trip by train and spend four hours on the panoramic coach from Chur to Brig, crossing 291 bridges, passing 91 tunnels, and climbing up to approximately 7000 feet (2033m) above sea level by train. Experience travel on the Glacier-Express while passing spectacular valleys and mountains. According to your preferences, a short walk around in Chur or Brig can take place (while transfer times to/from Glacier Express). Your guide will show you the changing landscape, answer your questions about the country and its people, and show you a few places away from the tourist flow.

From Zurich: Private Trip to Liechtenstein and Heidiland

10. From Zurich: Private Trip to Liechtenstein and Heidiland

Escape from reality for the day and immerse yourself in the fairytale-like landscapes of Liechtenstein and Heidiland. After getting picked up from your hotel in Zurich, sit back and relax as you travel to the medieval Rapperswil Castle, where you can admire 600 rose varieties in Rapperswil Rose Garden. Later, proceed to Vaduz in Liechtenstein, where you can witness the magnificent Vaduz Castle, as well as the Cathedral of St. Florin, Government House, and the City Hall. At the Vaduz Tourism Office, get the change to stamp your passport with a Liechtenstein stamp for CHF 3.00. Next, you may choose to visit Gutenberg Castle, located in the town of Balzers, where you can admire panoramic views of the town below. Afterward, continue to Swiss Heidiland, which gets its name from Johanna Spyri’s world-famous Heidi story. Spend some time admiring the picturesque village. Follow the Heidi Path to discover all of the locations described in Spyri's book and even pay a visit to the authentic Heidi house. At the end of the day, get dropped off back at your hotel in Zurich.

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What people are saying about Graubünden

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,735 reviews

It’s value for money what we paid. Get the map of route and when there is turns be ready to take marvelous videos and photos. You missed the chance no worries you can do so while on return trip by sitting opposite sides. Beautiful areas and beautiful nature. It’s always better to stay at Diavolezza to enjoy a complete day and never miss the experience of cable car.

Great guide, his information was very important specialty while we were riding the train, the guide prepared us on which side of the train the next view is going to be in , so we could watch or take pictures properly.

It was amazing experience!the panoramic view of the lake, mountains and of course the bernina train journey was awesome I love it!

Andrea was an extraordinary guide, informative, positive, good person.thanks

Sara has tour guide and Maurizio was our bus driver. they were both great