Great scenic snow trains don’t get much better than Switzerland’s Glacier Express. One of the world’s most scenic alpine rail journeys, the Glacier Express from glamorous St Moritz to incomparable Zermatt is a must do experience.
It’s a great start or finish to a Swiss snow trip, or an in between, and not just from Zermatt to St Moritz. Why not stop at other classic areas like Andermatt? Our view of Andermatt while crossing the highest point of the journey over the 2,033m Oberalp Pass sure made us want to come back and try it on our next Swiss ski trip, and that was just the largest of numerous ski areas you pass along the way.
We started from Zermatt, having checked our ski and boot bags in and got our SWISS boarding passes for the flight home from Zurich at the station the night before (it costs CHF 22 per bag, well worth it), so we travelled with just our carry on bags.
That meant kicking back and relaxing to enjoy the passing spectacle from the comfort of panoramic window seats. On the drive up to Täsch I hadn’t had much chance to check out the views as the road demands attention, so winding down past waterfalls, old farmhouses, historic villages and of course glimpsing ever present towering peaks made life easy. Good coffee, a nice lunch, and a well earned beer in the afternoon helped.
The route takes you over the watershed between two of Europe’s greatest river systems, the Rhône and Rhine, and past the headwaters of both.
A couple of stops, including half an hour at fascinating Disentis, the largest Romansch speaking town in Switzerland, give you time to stretch the legs and pick up some souvenirs.
It opened as a summer journey way back in 1930, and for winter since 1982, the famous Glacier Express panorama trains starting in 1993. You can do it in sections, and with planning use it as key to enjoy several resorts.
We didn’t have time to go all the way to St Moritz, changing at Chur for a Zurich express that gave us a few hours to check out the old city and shops there, including the market in the station, before the short trip to the airport.
We’ll give it an 11/10, don’t miss it, clic for more info & bookings..
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