Cascada da Bernina
- Geological highlights
- Insider tip
- Family friendly
- Cultural/historical value
The waterfall path "Cascada da Bernina". Translated from the Rhaeto-Romanish, "Cascada" means waterfall. The mountain stream "Ova da Bernina" plunges over two hundred metres in altitude down to the valley. In addition to the rushing spectacle, visitors can also expect pioneering technical achievements.
In addition to the dazzling spectacle, visitors can also expect pioneering technical achievements. On this passage, the Rhaetian Railway winds its way around tight curves and over historic viaducts. The trains master the differences in altitude without any cogwheel at all and have been electrified since 1908. The railway line of the Bernina Line is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And even the world-famous panorama trains of the Bernina Express cross the waterfall. Incidentally, the neighbouring Morteratsch power station has been running on water from the Bernina stream since 1891. The extensively modernised plant is the oldest existing hydroelectric power station owned by the energy supply company Repower.
The new waterfall path is ideal for walking excursions from Pontresina and Morteratsch. It is also suitable as a section of more ambitious hikes. The Cascada da Bernina lies on the hiking route of the Via Valtellina (long-distance hiking trail and former mule track).