During our weekend visit to Bergun during the winter season, we decided to also hike a few locations through the snow. One location we just had to discover was to the Landwasser Viaduct in Filisur.
While this quaint town of Filisur is filled with charming attractions, one location that stands out among the rest is the Landwasser Viaduct. This iconic railway viaduct draws in visitors from all over the world, especially during the winter months when it is covered in a blanket of glistening snow.
In this blog post, we share more details about our experience of the beauty of the Landwasser Viaduct during the Winter snowy season in Filisur.
Known locally as the “Viaduct of the Rhaetian Railway”, the Landwasser viaduct was a location that Dawid had wanted to drone with the stunning winter layer of snow. It was perfect for our Sunday morning on the way home to Ticino from Bergun.
Facts About The Landwasser Viaduct in Filisur
It is officially located on the SBB route from Tiefencastel, which is in the Plessur Alps, to Filisur, which is in the Albula Alps.
It is a total of 65 meters high with the overall length being 142 meters.
The viaduct is part of the 63 kilometer long railway line that passes between St Moritz and Thusis in Switzerland. There are many photographic spots along this whole route, but this viaduct is classed as one of the most spectacular by photographers.
It is a stone-arched bridge that was completed in 1902. The archways lead over the Landwasser valley river.
Apparently around 22,000 trains cross the viaduct every year, which includes passenger and cargo trains.
The Rhaetian Railway viaduct is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 7th July 2008.
Where To View and Photograph The Landwasser Viaduct Best?
There are four spots that are suitable for those wanting to view the bridge, depending on what photography equipment you bring and what style of photos you usually take.
The South Platform viewpoint
The viewpoint to the South of the viaduct is quite impressive and visitable only around 20 minutes from the Filisur station and car park. So you can reach this viewpoint easily when you arrive by train or car.
We felt this one was too far for us during our visit, but we’ve heard it’s a nice lookout area for the train and viaduct!
The North Platform viewpoint
This is the most popular viewpoint to view and take photographs of the Landwasser Viaduct. This is due to the train track right below and leading into the tunnel in the near distance. It’s very beautiful from this viewpoint in all weather, but most easiest to get to in Summer or Autumn.
The path that leads up from the viaduct square is relatively steep, so keep that in mind when visiting. This viewpoint takes 20 minutes from the Landwasser Viaduct car park that we stopped at, else it is roughly 45 minutes from Filisur station and car park.
Tip: you can check what the North Platform Landwasser Viaduct viewpoint looks like in real time by checking the local webcams.
From Below The Viaduct (either side!)
For myself, this was most enjoyable, as I had the view of the viaduct with snow covered trees framing the view.
Since we arrived by car to the designated parking area, we didn’t have to walk far to a local wooden bridge until we could see both the Landwasser Viaduct and the Schmittnertobel-Viaduct together in our view.
Nearby the bridge was the best spot from below in our opinion, since you can then see the train pass over both viaducts from below.
Tip: During the Summer, you can also stand at the bottom of the viaduct and enjoy a safe area for a barbecue area as well as find toilets for your visit.
You can also walk here within 35 minutes from Filisur station and car park. Else from the Landwasser car park area that is closer.
From Above The Viaduct
For my boyfriend, he loved viewing the bridge from above best – and that was with his drone! A bird’s eye view is a great way to see the viaduct and bridge when you wish to take video footage.
He stood below the bridge with myself during our visit, but instantly got the drone up to view the snow-topped viaduct from his bird’s eye view of our DJI drone.
And I must say, the footage is absolutely stunning. We saw 3 trains in total during our visit, and so with a few batteries he was able to capture the most prettiest videos and photos from above. These trains were the typical red trains as well as a cargo train that passed through. The red trains with the Wintery scenery was picture perfect!
TIP: You can also take the train over the Landwasser Viaduct! Click here for tickets in advance!
When visiting the Landwasser Viaduct, check also the Bergun Sledging activity for a fun day out!CLICK HERE
How To Spot A Train On The Landwasser Viaduct?
We found that the easiest way to see the Landwasser Viaduct with a train passing on it is to check the latest trains departing from Filisur towards Tiefencastel/Chur or departing from Tiefencastel towards Filisur/Bergun. With this way, we were able to spot three beautiful red trains passing on the viaduct during the short time that we were visiting.
Of course some trains do not stop at all in Tiefencastel or Filisur, so it’s possible there would be more trains that pass through the viaduct. So it’s also ideal to check other stations with the SBB app as well as with checking the schedules with google. SBB is the most reliable in our opinion, which also showed the delays or any cancellations that may happen.
The Glacier Express Train
Also known as the Gletscherexpress in German, the Glacier Express train is classed as one of the most scenic Switzerland Railway journeys in Switzerland. It’s a stunning panoramic route between St. Moritz and Zermatt, where you pass numerous scenery of waterfalls, mountains, villages and the best views by train.
It first opened in 25 June 1930 and these days you can take a ride on this scenic train, which travels right over the Landwasser Viaduct.
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