Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Glacier Express and views of the Matterhorn #SwitzerlandTravels Part 4

Read the #SwitzerlandTravels Part1, Part2 and Part3

I have in my previous posts spoken of the efficiency and beauty of the Swiss scenic trains. The decision to thus spend a day on the classic Glacier Express, famous for being “the slowest express train in the world” (the 275 km journey takes about 8 hours) was an easy one. That unhurried summer morning we bid goodbye to the beautiful town of Lucerne, and headed to Chur to catch the Glacier Express.

The Glacier Express connects the two major mountain resorts of St. Moritz and Zermatt, passing through three high-mountain passes, 91 tunnels and over 291 bridges. As we boarded the bright red carriages, I felt like I am in the middle of a movie shoot. The huge panoramic windows instantly call out to you and tell you to sit back, relax and enjoy the views of green valleys, gorges, pristine blue river and snow peaked mountains, all from the comfort of the train.

The two highlights of this train journey were to be so close to the Rhine gorges, also known as the "Swiss Grand Canyaon" and the Oberalppass. At Oberalppass, not only do the bare landscapes that are covered with snow offer you the most scenic sights, but also the exhilaration of being at the highest point, as the train pulls up to a height of 2033 meters above sea level with the help of the cog wheel, leaves you breathless.

I wasn't able to take great pictures from inside of the train as there was no escaping from the window glare but take a look anyway.







Tip 4: Remember how my very first tip was to get a Swiss Pass. The Glacier express is completely free with your Swiss pass, all you pay is for the seat reservation which is mandatory for all travelers (same price for everyone). However, note that the seat reservation does not guarantee a window seat. 
We had also pre-booked our lunches, but that is optional and one can bring in their own snacks.

The last stretch of the train ride takes you through Andermatt and Brig, beautiful romantic towns, before arriving at the world renowned car-free Zermatt.








Zermatt lies at the foot of the famous Matterhorn and this tiny alpine town is straight out of a Fairytale. Wish we had stayed the night here and trekked the next morning. However we had just a couple of hours to stroll in Zermatt before catching a train to Zurich.

Tip 5: If you have more time on hand, plan your trip so that you come straight to Zermatt via a normal train, stay the night and hike the next day. You can still aboard the Glacier Express and do the west to east route from Zermatt to St.Mortiz/Davos.








Strolling around this car-free town along the Vispa river, with cute wooden chalets at every corner and the majestic Matterhorn in the background, is truly a pleasure and we enjoyed the little time we had here. This is more famous for being one of the highly expensive ski resorts in Switzerland and we have promised ourselves to save up for the same and come back here during the winter season.


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18 comments:

  1. beautiful
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  2. Wow! Those are some amazingly beautiful views. Zermatt looks like such a quaint old lil town.

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  3. Beautiful memories you captured.. nice post keep up the good work :)

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  4. Oh wow! This is stunning. I have been thinking about doing this Glacier express thing for a while. Thanks for the amazing post Aditi! Pictures are beautiful.

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  5. Wow! The lush greenery looks so beautiful! I'll surely be able to imagine the countryside described in novels better, thanks to these amazing pics.
    A car-free town? Zermatt is the place I want to live in forever then :D

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  6. I love, love taking trains in Europe! I have not been on a Swiss train but I can imagine how great it is. You journey and photos look amazing. This are places I would like to visit.

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  7. I can smell the fresh mountain air looking at your photos. Glare or not, you got some great pics!

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  8. Beautiful pictures of a beautiful place :)

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  9. beautiful :)
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  10. Loved this trip on the glacier express. My parents were in Switzerland recently and she was telling me how much she loved the ride!

    Cheers,
    Modern Gypsy

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  11. that looks awesome, dear Sditi - so happy you had a lovely time here in "my "Europe- when are you coming to my corner, my dear friend???? Huuugs sweetie:-)

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  12. Lovely pictures along with the write-up! :)

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  13. this place is straight out of movies. Those snow capped mountains are like a dream!! beautiful!!

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  14. Wonderful post with wonderful captures buddy :)

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  15. beautiful pictures, well captured,,wow!!switzerland

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  16. Aditi, 'How green was my valley' comes to mind! Simply breath-taking views! Totally blown by the pristine and serene views you've captured! I wanna see all this.....yes someday, definitely!

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  17. Have done this route and love it to bits :) enjoy your stay, lovely pictures :)

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