The train travel expert chooses his top five rides around the world
• The Guardian’s best train trips worldwide
From Chur in Switzerland to Tirano in Italy, the Bernina Express is a narrow-gauge train that climbs to one of the highest points on the European rail network, crossing the Landwasser viaduct, and the views are spectacular. In the depths of winter, the five-hour ride is like a trip to Narnia; in the height of summer, it’s more Sound of Music.
• The route is part of an alternative journey from Zurich to Milan. Save money by booking through German Railways (bahn.de/en). For example, it’s €29.90 from Singen to Tirano, rather than €80 if bought in Switzerland