My daughter and I are joining my husbands ski group trip to Davos for a week in late March. We will ski only one day with them and the two of us are looking for day trip ( or overnight ) ideas. Thinking about Bernini Express, possibly to Lake Como area? Would like to travel possibly up to Lichtenstein. I am not opposed to renting a car. Any experiences you have had or advice is greatly appreciated !thanks!
A day trip is possible to Tirano, done it. Leaves about 8:30 am from Davos Platz station and you connect with the Bernina Express at Filisur. Bernina Express gets to Tirano at 12:49, Return is at 2:25 pm, so you'll have time for a leisurely lunch and a short walk around. Back in Davos at 6:29 pm, just in time to get ready for dinner.
Going to Varenna would take at least an overnight. Same train, connecting in Tirano to a train to Varenna getting there at 2:36 pm.
If you are staying at a hotel in Davos, your hotel card will give you free transportation to Filisur and back.
St Moritz is also a good day trip, giving a lot more time to poke around there before returning.
Your hotel card will also get you to Klosters, which has a much more Swiss character than flat-roofed Davos.
On a nice day, get a walkers pass and take the cable car up to Jakobshorn and walk or take the little mini-cable car down to Chalet Gueggl and have lunch. Get a lounge chair and soak in the sun on their deck.
Liechtenstein? Please don't waste your time. It is indistinguishable from surrounding Switzerland.
PS. Chur is a good day trip as well. Again, your hotel card will get you to Filisur and you get a train going the other direction (from trains going to Tirano). Shortly after Filisur, you will cross the famous Landwasser viaduct.
PPS. Look at getting either a 2-day or 5-day Graubuenden Pass for the Rhaetian Railway. Gives local transport in all towns in Graubuenden and all the trains on the Rhaetian Railway plus train from Disentis Muster to the Oberalp Pass. Also bus to "Heidi Land". You can see Liechtenstein from there, if you can get a local to point out which mountain it is under.