WORLD’S SLOWEST EXPRESS TRAIN
Feast your eyes with the Glacier Express
It is no secret Switzerland is internationally renowned for the quality and punctuality of its trains. But the majestic Alps, craggy and awe-inspiring against the brilliant blue sky and sweeping green valleys are what make The Glacier Express from Zermatt to St. Moritz such a visual feast. Taking approximately eight hours, this prestigious train is one of the longest express trains in the world, travelling at an average speed of 35km/h. This stunning railway has been operating since 1930, connecting Bernina massif and Matterhorn, providing two-way access between spa towns of St. Mortiz and Zermatt. On its run from St. Moritz to Thusis, the Glacier Express passes through the Albula Valley – a section of the Rhaetian Railway that became part of the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2008. This part of the line, which is now more than a century old, is regarded as a masterpiece of the railway engineer’s art. This 60 kilometre-long section of line, with all its towering viaducts and winding tunnels, manages to blend in harmoniously with the wild landscape to create an impressive monument to the pioneering age of the railway. Nature and technology interact in a unique way to provide an innovative example of sustainable development in these high Alpine regions. A trip on the Glacier Express is therefore not just an obligatory part of the railway enthusiast’s itinerary, but also a highly attractive proposition for nature lovers and anyone interested in culture, as the very landscape that the railway occupies is itself a protected World Heritage site. The 291km journey traverses 91 tunnels and 291 imposing bridges while tackling an altitude of 1,500m. This includes the superb mountain scenery of Swiss cantons of Graubünden, Uri and Valais together with other pristine mountain landscapes, sophisticated resort towns, deep canyons, captivating valleys and picturesque villages. It is no surprise that the rail is also one of Switzerland’s top tourist attractions. The Matterhorn Gotthard railway (MGB) and the Rhaetian Railway (RHB) jointly welcome more than 200,000 travelling guests every year.
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