Landwasser Viaduct

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The Landwasser Viaduct, which takes its name from the brook it crosses, is a railroad viaduct in the canton of Grisons in Switzerland.
Construction of the Albula line began in 1898. It involved extensive works and was divided into 11 sections for a total of 55 bridges and 39 tunnels. The Landwasser Gorge was one of the most difficult places to cross, and it was decided to cross this narrow valley by means of a viaduct.
The six-arched Landwasser viaduct is 142 m long and up to 65 m high. Each of the six arches has a span of 20 m. Every year, about 22 thousand trains pass through the viaduct – or 60 rolling stock per day. From the southeast side, the bridge turns into the Landwasser tunnel with a length of 216 m.
The viaduct has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since July 7, 2008. Under the KGS no. 3009 and 10499, as it is located in two municipal areas, it is included twice on the list of cultural assets of national importance in the canton of Graubünden as the “Schmittentobel-Landwasser Viaduct of the Rhaetian Railway”.

Access : Coordinates: 46.680833, 9.675833 / The Landwasser Viaduct is located on the Albula railway line on the way to Filisur in the canton of Graubünden.

Highlights :

  • This bridge is crossed by about 22,000 trains per year, or about 60 trains per day.
  • The Landwasser viaduct has 6 arched spans 20 m wide each, resting on 5 high pylons, and in the plan is an arc with a radius of 100 m. The railway in the area of ​​the viaduct has a slope of about 2% (20 ppm).
  • The Landwasser Viaduct, regularly used by the Glacier Express of the Ferrovia Rética (RhB).
  • Landwasser Viaduct is one of the symbols of the Retic Railway (RhB), just as the Brusio Viaduct is part of the Albula line and the Bernina line.

Activities : sightseeing / Photography, Architecture Photography / trekking / enjoy stunning views.

Go next : Schmitten, Graubünden : A municipality in the Albula Region in the canton of Graubünden / Filisur : An Alpine village and former municipality in the Albula Region in the canton of Graubünden / Tiefencastel : A village in the district of Albula in the canton of Graubünden in Switzerland.

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