The crisp, snowy slopes of Switzerland are not just reserved for skiing and snowboarding. After the sun goes down and the stars come out, a whole new adventure begins – night sledging. An exhilarating and unique experience, night sledging offers a thrilling way to explore the Swiss winter wonderland.
There are many locations that offer night sledging in Switzerland, such as this highlighted post for the Preda – Bergün run! We will be exploring more during the Winter season. So bundle up, rent your sled, and let’s take a closer look at this exciting winter activity in Switzerland.
Night Sledging in Bergün Switzerland
One activity that you must try when visiting Bergün during winter is the Preda – Bergün night sledging.
Sledge Rental in Bergün
You can bring your own sledge if you own one already. But the easiest is to rent a sledge from either Mark Sport or Club 99 in Bergün. We reserved our sledges from Mark Spot and enjoyed sledging during the day on our visit. You pick up the sledge at the top of the Preda run on your first visit, then you have the sledge for the whole day. They are valid for use of the whole day. More on this can be found more in detail on our other post!
The day sledging was fun, but we were most excited to try sledging during the night.
Prices for Sledge Rental In Bergün
There are a few sledge choices available based on what you want, from beginner to the most advance. We rented the ones that costed only 11.90 CHF (with discount) for the Bergüner toboggan. For our first try, this was perfect, though next time we would definitely consider more lighter, advanced ones.
TIP: If you reserve your sledge in advance online, there is a discount to save money. We saved 15% when booked with Mark Sport! Else you can check the selection online and see what they have available before you get there for your level and experience.
Bergün Sledging Day Pass
A Bergün transportation day pass ticket is also required for your sledge runs. The most common being the day ticket, which allows you to try the Preda – Bergün run and the Darlux – Bergün run combined. You can get this discounted if you have the halbtax or GA fare too. There are also cheaper choices for children. This day pass ticket includes the night sledging in Bergün as well so this is not an extra fee.
Night Sledging In Bergün
From 15:30 onwards it starts gets dark in the valley during Winter, especially when the snow clouds are fully above like during our visit. The illumination of the Preda – Bergün sledging run starts officially from 5pm, with all bridges and spotlights turned on for the fun!
You can take any of the sledging trains from Bergün. We suggest you take the 17:47 train, which arrives in Preda at 18:04. This means you can then enjoy the night sledging before dinner time, as you would be back in Preda by 7 to 7.30pm. We had a dinner reservation for 8pm which was perfect for us.
The sledge train has extra room for you to stack your sledge up against others inside, making it safe to get also in and out the train without sledges in the way.
TIP: Once off the train and you walking to the start of the sledging, spend just a little time waiting for everyone to get ahead of you. You wont have to wait long as everyone wants to sledge as quickly as possible of course for the most fun. You will enjoy the sledging best when there are no other people around.
The route is 6km in total and so you can easily stop along the way for a photo or two. There are a few scenic spots to also see such as the illuminated bridges in the dark where the train goes above you, as well as a bridge that you cross where the train goes below you. It’s possible you will see a usual SBB red train or a cargo train passing by during your sledging. If your a photographer, best to check the SBB app to work out when the trains are leaving Bergün or arriving from Preda to catch it on camera!
The experience of sledging at night is very fun, and it is not as dark as you may think. The spotlights and illumination areas are well lit, but still mysterious enough to be in the dark. Our experience was while it was also snowing, so it was even more magical with the snow falling in front of the lights.
You can see below our photos, with the trees lit up pretty well, and one of the SBB trains passing by lit up!
The night sledging in Switzerland is special for Bergün and something we definitely recommend! It is for all ages, and a lot of fun once you get started.
Of course our main recommendation here would be to wrap up warm. During our visit the temperature during the night sledging was around -4c, but Bergün can get a lot colder during the Winter month. So think good thermals, a hat, good winter gloves and everything else to stay warm!
Another recommendation would be to have a table booked for your dinner reservation (if not eating at home!). It can get quite busy in the village between 6pm and 8pm, so if you usually eat at that time and it’s a busy weekend, a reservation is suitable.
TIP: Stay at Bed and Breakfast Darlux for the weekend!
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