Three Fa­vorite Swiss Train Routes

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Zer­matt to St. Moritz on the Glacier Ex­press Panoramic Train: I took the re­turn part way, from St. Moritz to Davos and wished that I could have com­pleted the en­tire route. If only to ex­pe­ri­ence the amaz­ing ameni­ties of­fered, such as three-course meals and front fac­ing cars with top to bottom win­dows for bet­ter pic­ture tak­ing. I found out why thou­sands of trav­el­ers rave about this par­tic­u­lar route yearly – the mag­nif­i­cent sights. The orig­i­nal route is from Zer­matt (home to the fa­mous Mat­ter­horn Peak) and it takes you through the Goms re­gion, and the jaw-drop­ping 2044 me­ter high Ober­alp Pass in the pop­u­lar An­der­matt re­sort. You will pass the beau­ti­ful Bene­dic­tine Monastery, Disen­tis Abbey in the Can­ton of Graubün­den; cross through the Rhine River Gorge called Switzer­land’s Grand Canyon; and see the pic­turesque coun­try­side and cas­tles in the Dom­leschg Re­gion. Part of the jour­ney also in­cludes the Al­bula Line of the Rhaetian Rail­way – a UN­ESCO World Her­itage site. At the end of the line lies the uber chic des­ti­na­tion, St. Moritz.

Cha­monix to Zer­matt: Cha­monix, France is just across the bor­der from Switzer­land. I was headed to Zer­matt and took the train with my hik­ing gear, pho­tog­ra­phy para­pher­na­lia and yes, too many shoes, but there was plenty of time to board and dis­em­bark with my lug­gage in tow. I did trans­fer be­tween In­ter­re­gional and re­gional trains, but they were sim­ple transfers, and very Swiss-like (on time). I had planned to catch a few winks, but the breathtaking scenery kept my eyes wide open, and my cam­era trig­ger fin­ger at the ready. When the wine vine­yards are in full bloom, they are spec­tac­u­lar. To add to the raw beauty around ev­ery bend along this route, wa­ter­falls were cas­cad­ing down the steep em­bank­ments into lus­cious green fo­liage.

Zer­matt to Geneva Air­port: As much as I like to ski, I also love to hike in the Swiss moun­tains dur­ing the warmer months. The route from Zer­matt to the Geneva air­port is par­tic­u­larly easy by SBB train with only one brief stop in Visp, and it is so en­chant­ing in the warmer months. This itin­er­ary be­gins in the snow-capped moun­tains, and ends near the clear blue lakes in Geneva. I wit­nessed a range of sea­sonal land­scapes in just shy of four hours from the com­fort of the train car.

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