The Stelvio route connects Val Müstair with the Veltlin region. The journey from Sta. Maria across the Stilfserjoch to Tirano is a high mountain pass adventure with asouthern flair.
The Stelvio route is an unforgettable alpine summer adventure with a cultural aspect. It passes through a high mountain area, connecting Val Müstair with the Veltlin region of Italy and is only open during the summer. The road, which is not fully paved, climbs from Sta. Maria up to the Umbrail Pass, an excellent starting point for mountain biking and hiking tours. Stilfserjoch is the highest stop of PostBus Switzerland and an interesting place to explore. During World War I this is where the Italian front was between 1915 and 1917 (also see Mountain War 1915–1918) and there are still some remains of the military fortifications from that time. The road descends via a number of hairpin turns down to Bormio, known for its thermal baths. Bormio is also a winter resort and host to world cup ski racing. By the time you reach the town of Tirano, you will undoubtedly feel that you are in Italy. Tirano is situated in the upper Veltlin region at the entrance to Val Poschiavo, near the Swiss border. The scenery in the old town is marked by churches, city gates and the palaces (palazzi) built by wealthy families during the Grisons rule. On the return trip from Tirano back to the Upper Engadine by the Rhaetian Railway passengers are sure to enjoy the exceptionally charming landscape. Between Tirano and Thusis the Bernina Express route is part of the UNESCO World Heritage.
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Seat reservations are required by 7 p.m. of the evening before travel. Seats may be reserved online (with confirmation) or by phone.
Reserve online. By phone: Bus Val Müstair GmbH, no. +41 81 858 51 66
Additional service is not available between Stilfserjoch and Tirano.
Route not open all year
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Bicycle transport fixtures available in/on the vehicle.
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Rear carrier for 5 bicycles available on the vehicle (full route); Müstair-Stelvio with bicycle trailer, if required. Transportation cannot be guaranteed. Reservations for bicycles are required no later than by 7 p.m. on the evening before travel (space is limited). Reservations are accepted by phone only at no. +41 81 858 51 66.
No guarantee of wheelchair access to the postbus
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From Switzerland, the Ofen Pass is the one and only way to reach the Val Müstair valley. But on arriving, it’s clear that the sight of such harmonious village pictures and unspoilt nature is something rarely seen. And the unique culture, along with the valley’s fauna and flora, are today under protection. (Biosphere Val Müstair reserve).
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Even during ancient times, travelers would stop over in Bormio to relax and enjoy the thermal waters before going across the Stilfserjoch. The old bath or «Bagni Vecchi» with its famous grotto has been offering an outstanding spa experience for centuries.
Bagni di Bormio
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Tirano and its surroundings are known for cultural buildings and the culinary specialties of the Veltlin region: wine, air-dried beef (bresaola), cheese, rye bread and pizzoccheri, a special type of pasta. This is where passengers switch from the Rhaetian Railway to the postbus or vice versa.
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The Benedictine Convent of St. John in Müstair stems from the Middle Ages – and was supposedly founded by Charles the Great. With its statues and the world’s largest mural painting cycle, pertaining to the early Middle Ages, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.
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Stilfserjoch is the starting and ending point of a 2½-hour hike steeped in the history of World War I. Especially the «Trais Linguas» section of the path is historically very informative. In 1935 Italy’s Stilfserjoch National Park was founded in the area around the pass.
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