Get Inspired / Europe / Switzerland The Glacier Express, Switzerland Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Europe / Switzerland The Glacier Express, Switzerland story by: Mike Williams Sometimes travelling to a destination is as much about the journey to get there as the destination itself. This is surely the case with the Glacier Express in Switzerland, one of the most famous and scenic rail journeys in the world. When one thinks of Switzerland, the imagination conjures images of beautiful, untouched landscapes of snow-capped mountains, gorges, valleys, and even glaciers. Well, over 7.5 hours and 290 km the Glacier Express showcases all of it, combining the romanticism of a train journey and unobstructed panoramic views as it meanders through the Swiss Alps. The trip even includes no less than 91 tunnels and 291 bridges. The route, which usually operates at least twice a day, even in winter, travels between St. Moritz, a resort town in the Engadine valley, and Zermatt in Valais, Switzerland. In between you’ll enjoy sights of Rhône Valley, the Rhine Gorge, and of course the iconic Landwasser Viaduct. There are also stops at Andermatt, Disentis, Reichenau, and Chur. Along the route, the Glacier Express traverses the Oberalp Pass, which at 2,033 metres above sea level is the highest point of the route. Much of the journey takes place on the Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes. The railway allowed easy access to isolated alpine settlements and had to overcome huge technical challenges in being built. As such, in 2008 the Rhaetian Railway was placed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites due to its cultural significance. However, the beauty of the journey ensures it would not look out of place due to its natural significance either. The journey perhaps takes more from the ‘glacier’ part of its name than the ‘express’ in terms of speed, as it is considered to be the slowest express train in the world. Chugging along at an average speed of just under 40km per hour, one look at the views outside and you’ll wish the train was travelling even slower. Inside, you’ll find the Glacier Express clean, comfortable, and modern. The seating is based around tables. In second class, there are four seats around each table, while in first class there are either two or four seats to a table depending on the side of the aisle. Best of all, there are glass skylights in the ceiling and huge panoramic side windows to take in the wonderful sights. As the Swiss mountain scenery rolls past, you can enjoy a wine or beer from the food service car, as well as other drinks, snacks, or a complete meal. You can even bring your own picnic. > Click here to view our HOT deals to the UK and Europe > Click here to view all the cheapest flights to the UK and Europe Map Image (on left) Source: wikipedia.org Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Top 6 places to take a selfie Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Christmas in a Swiss spa. Ja bitte! Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.