Are you looking for the most exciting sledge runs in Switzerland for your next adventurous winter activity? Look no further than sledging in Switzerland’s Bergün Preda! This picturesque Albula Valley is the perfect destination for those looking to experience the thrill of sledging in the Swiss mountains.
From the breathtaking scenery past the famously known Bernina Express train track to the Wintery terrain, this is one Swiss winter experience that you won’t want to miss.
In this post, we cover everything you need to know about Bergün Preda Sledging, with our experience, including the best time to go, what to expect on the slopes and more. So read on and get excited!
Our post is based on our own trip when we visited January 2024. It was for one weekend only and we had lovely snowy weather conditions.
Bergün is located in the Albula District, which is part of the Graubünden canton of Switzerland. It’s a popular location both in Summer (for hiking) and for Winter (for sledging).
The village of Bergün is located at 1,373 m above sea level and reachable by car and public transport.
There are estimated between 400 and 500 inhabitants of Bergün, with the main language spoken here being German first, with Romansh and Italian right behind.
One of the highlights in the vicinity is the Landwasser Viaduct, a famous railway viaduct that is part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Albula Railway.
The village is home to a museum dedicated to the Rhaetian Railway, providing insight into the history and significance of this iconic railway network in the region.
Below you can see Bergün’s location within Switzerland:
For your equipment, you can reserve and rent all that you need in advance for your visit. This includes the sledge itself (which they have many to choose from), helmets and shoe grips for those wanting extra grip when breaking.
The choices of sledges come in different formats such as for children, for 1 adult, for 2 persons and also based on if you are a beginner or more advance (wooden vs lightweight).
What Did We Pay For Our Rentals?
We paid for two beginner Bergüner Toboggan Classic sledges at 11.90 CHF per person. We rented ours from Mark Sport, which was very easy to reserve in advance online. Booking online at Mark Sport saved us also -15% off, which helped save money for the weekend!
With our reservation, we then were able to pick up our reserved items at Preda in the morning of our visit. This was perfect as it was at the start of the Preda – Bergün run!
Within the online advance reservation, we also bought our day ticket for the transportation. This was 30 CHF per person as we have the 1/2 half tax Swiss card already. This day ticket was for unlimited use for the Preda and Darlux run, which includes the Night Sledging too!
So total cost for sleigh and unlimited day ticket was 41.90 CHF per person. This was for 1 day total.
THe Two Sledging Routes
There are two main sledging routes within the Albula Valley. The first one is from Darlux to Bergün and the second is from Preda to Bergun.
Preda to Bergün
Preda – Bergün toboggan run is fun for young and old. The Rhaetian Railway takes you over viaducts and through helical tunnels to Preda, from where you sledge the 6 km into the valley.
- Duration: Preda – Bergün is approximately 45 minutes (without stops!)
- Length: It is over 6,000 meters
- Height difference: There is a 400 meter difference
- Level of difficulty: This route is easy to medium, suitable for families and those trying for the first time!
SPECIAL TIP: Night Illumination Sledging!
For the Preda – Bergün route, there are a few nights each week that you can sledge in the dark through the illuminations. Once dark, the illuminated route is available until 11pm at night! This is super special and unique, where you can take your time in the dark down the mountain, admiring the lights along the way and village lights below.
Check the official site to be sure the route is open during your visiting dates!
Darlux to Bergün
The 4.5 km Darlux – Bergün run is more adventurous and fast-paced, with tighter bends and more inclines.
- Duration: Darlux – Bergün is approximately 45 minutes (without stops!)
- Length: It is over 4,500 meters
- Altitude difference: This is around 2,000 meters difference
- Difficulty level: This route is for medium to difficult – so best to save this route for when you have practiced first with the Preda to Bergun route!
Unfortunately this route was closed unexpectedly during our weekend, so we’ll have to return to try the Darlux – Bergün route with our sledges another time!
Our 2024 Sledging Experience
For our Wintery experience of sledging, we visited Bergün during January 2024.
We stayed at Bed and Breakfast Darlux for the weekend, which was perfect for us as a couple. We had arrived by car, which had free parking on site. We had arrived and checked in on the Friday before 5pm, and then explored the village and enjoyed a dinner in a local restaurant.
By Saturday, we were out early, fresh and enjoying the falling snow and excited for the sledging. Since we had reserved our sledges online in advance, we simply had to make our way to Preda with the SBB train and pick them up. Our saturday was then filled with so much fun sledging down the 6km Preda – Bergün route.
Since the Darlux – Bergün run was closed during our weekend unexpectedly, we then went for a winter hike around the village in the fluffy snow. This was great and so peaceful away from everyone else visiting the area.
By the evening we decided to try the night sledging – which was amazing! We waited for the route to be empty and then made our way super fast down the sledge run. It was a fantastic experience that we’ve written more about here if you are interested.
Sunday was an easy day for us, with a slow breakfast and check out time. We took our car to Filisur and the Landwasser Viaduct for a local walk and photography session. It’s such a pretty spot in every season, so it was great to see it snow-topped for our visit. After that we headed home again, for a bit of relaxation before the Monday work day!
Our full itinerary in more detail can be read further on our other post.
Our Hotel In Bergün
For our weekend visit, we stayed at Bed and Breakfast Darlux, which was perfect for us as a couple. We had arrived by car, where there was free parking on site.
The host Anna was very welcoming, gave us an easy check in and showed us the breakfast area. Our room was very spacious, with private bathroom (with shower) and a balcony looking towards the wintery mountains.
This was perfect for us – and recommend it to others! The location was right next to the lift up to Darlux and only a short 14 minute walk to the SBB train station for when we wanted to take our sledges to Preda.
Total Costs For A Weekend Sledging In Switzerland
Here we’ve summarised how much a weekend away costs in Bergün:
- 1 day sleigh and unlimited day ticket was 41.90 CHF per person, making it: 83.80 CHF
- Hotel for 2 nights with breakfast: 309.00 CHF
- Overall our food/drink: 90 CHF (dinner Friday) + 22 CHF (lunch Saturday) + 60 CHF (dinner Saturday)
Total for the weekend: 564.80 CHF
FAQs for the Bergün Preda Sledging
What Is The best time to go Sledging?
For the Preda and Darlux routes, the best time to go sledging is when it’s fully winter – from end December to mid March is most ideal. This is when there is the most snow of course, with the routes checked and safe for sledding!
The Winter season for 2023-2024 opens from 16.12.2023 – 10.03.2024.
what to expect on the slopes?
There is lots to expect on the Preda and Darlux sledging routes, so you’ll likely want to do both runs more than once. Of course, we hope that the best conditions are with lots of snow, that it’s not too busy and that you have some sunshine throughout the day as well.
How To Travel Between Bergün and Preda?
There are train connections for the Bergün Preda sledging during the Winter high season every 30 minutes between Bergün and Preda. This is usually always around XX:15p.m and XX:45p.m of each hour.
Make sure to check when you visit, especially if you are enjoying the night illumination route of Preda, so that you won’t miss the last train in the evening back to your hotel or place of stay.
Is this the best sledding Location in Switzerland?
We would say yes from our experience!
The Preda and Darlux sledging routes are two very spectacular sledge runs in Switzerland, especially with the night illumination option too. Check the differences of both routes above!
What Should I Wear For The Bergün Preda sledging?
The ultimate important thing is to dress up warmly with the correct clothing. Sledging is most enjoyable when you wear ski pants, winter gloves, thermal clothing, ski jacket, wool socks and warm winter boots. You can also consider bring ski goggles to wear over the helmet (which we recommend you have!).
Warm clothing is even more important when trying the night sledging!
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