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World's Most Scenic Train Rides

Bernina

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Bernina Express, Switzerland and Italy

Travel from St. Moritz’s icy alpine glaciers to the swaying palm trees of Tirano, Italy, on one of the steepest stretches of track in the world, built without rack rails, pinions, or cables. In the summer, travelers ride for two hours in an open-air carriage; it’s the perfect opportunity for photography without the impediment of glass.

Train Trivia: The zigzagging hairpin turns are so extreme that passengers at the rear can see the front of the train coming in the opposite direction.

Insider Tip: Reservations are advised; this train is justly popular.

One-way tickets from $57.

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