It’s a chilly, December morning as Alex Sakalis slinks into Chur Railway Station in the southeast of Switzerland. Scanning the platforms, he eventually spot it: that trademark red exterior with the curved panoramic windows and the words Bernina Express emblazoned across the side. The other passengers have arrived and there’s a palpable excitement in the air. They are all here for one reason only—to take Europe’s most beautiful train journey. Frequently named Europe’s most scenic train ride, the Bernina Express is a romantic throwback to the golden age of European rail travel, when the journey was the destination.