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Best Mountain Experience: Chur & St. Moritz or Bolzano route

Ocala, Florida
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Best Mountain Experience: Chur & St. Moritz or Bolzano route

I will be traveling out of Milan, on PUBLIC transport during the first week of March. I was originally going to head up to Chur & St. Moritz but then I read about the Dolomites and thought perhaps heading instead to Bolzano might be preferable to see dramatic mountain scenery. My questions are:

(1) What are the opinions vs. one area over another for dramatic mountain scenery or perhaps there isn't that much difference?

(2) Is there a big difference in VISUAL experience between taking trains vs. buses on either route? (Time and cost is not that important in this case but rather the visual experience is most important)

Thank you! I am from Florida and a change from beaches is really a treat! In Florida there are definitely beach experiences I would suggest for travelers and others I would definitely not suggest, so I am wondering if the same holds true for the mountains in Italy/Switzerland.

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Florence, Italy
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1. Re: Best Mountain Experience: Chur & St. Moritz or Bolzano route

Hi! Dolomites are mostly East of Bolzano, then on the opposite side coming from Milano.

So you can make your way via St. Moritz to Bolzano, then ride beyond Bolzano (mostly by bus) to enter the Dolomites.

From Milano to Bolzano via St. Moritz please consider this way:

- Milano-Tirano by "Trenitalia" trains:


-Tirano-St.Moritz by Swiss trains (Rhaetische Bahn):


-St. Moritz-Zernez by Swiss trains (Rhaetische Bahn):


-Zernez-Mals/Malles by Swiss Postbus:


-Mals/Malles Bolzano/Bozen via "SAD" trains:


The latter website is valid also for buses from Bolzano/Bozen into the South Tyrol Dolomites

At least from Tirano to Malles/Mals the route is awesome

Hope this helps

Edited: 1:35 pm, December 15, 2017
Miami Beach, Florida
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2. Re: Best Mountain Experience: Chur & St. Moritz or Bolzano route

You didn't say how long you have, but if your objective is to see mountain scenery consider the Bernina Express. From Milan, take the train to Tirano - then from Tirano to Chur via the Bernina Express. You can then go on to Zurich,

Here's the link: https:/…

There is lots of information on this forum and elsewhere.

We happen to be from Florida as well. Did this last June, it was amazing. Must be even more spectacular in the winter.

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