Switzerland is known for many things including beautiful mountains, meadows teeming with wildflowers, many rivers and lakes, glaciers, chocolate and cheese. Another that belongs on the list are the Scenic trains. There are a number of scenic trains that traverse Switzerland from all angles. One of the most impressive, and well known, is the Glacier Express. I have a feeling that most everyone has heard about the Glacier Express but if you haven’t been able to enjoy a ride on this train, I can tell you it is as spectacular as everyone says.
The Glacier Express first began running in June 1930 and continues running year-round today from St. Moritz to Zermatt (or vice versa). An option is a seat on the panorama train car which were put into service during 2006. The Glacier Express journey takes about 7 hours and, according to glacierexpress.ch, takes you through “ . . . untouched mountain landscapes, glamorous health resorts, deep gorges, delightful valleys, 91 tunnels and across 291 impressive bridges.” From your window seat you will be able to see the charm of the Swiss Alps rising high above the quaint villages.
I had heard that usually this train is pretty full but as we boarded our train in St. Moritz and settled in for our journey I noticed that our train was not very full. We were very lucky because, on this October day, we almost had the car to ourselves and were able to go side-to-side as the scenery passed by.
Switzerland is a beautiful country and this train trip is an excellent representation of its stunning landscape. During the trip, the scenery I saw from my window was bewitching! As we crossed the countryside, I was in awe of the shear beauty of what was passing by my eyes. The deep chasms running down each hillside where water had run off is awe-inspiring. The power of water is incredible and you can see it first hand from your train car. As our train crossed the Swiss heartland I was amazed by this immense and spectacular landscape. From the lakes and forests to pastures filled with cows and wild flowers, beauty is everywhere. Equally amazing are the glaciers visible as the train makes its way towards its destination. As we traveled along, I remember thinking “Who turned off the movie?” every time we passed through one of the 91 tunnels – – especially the longer ones.
The train is 7 hours long and upon our arrival in Zermatt, I can’t say I wasn’t ready to get off but I also did not regret one minute of the trip. In fact, I can’t wait until I am able to enjoy another of Switzerland’s scenic trains.
Have you been on the Glacier Express? I’d love to hear about your experience. Have you been on any of the other scenic trains? Which ones did you like best?