The Most Luxurious Train Trip Through the Swiss Alps

For many travelers, the idea of traversing the Swiss Alps is an adventure in itself. The rugged mountains, pristine lakes, and charming towns all seem to beckon to the intrepid traveler. And what better way to experience this breathtaking landscape than on a luxurious train ride? Enter the Glacier Express, Switzerland’s most luxurious train ride, taking passengers through the heart of the Swiss Alps.

The Glacier Express, also known as the “slowest express train in the world,” travels over 180 miles of breathtaking Swiss countryside, crossing 291 bridges, and traveling through 91 tunnels. The journey from Zermatt to St. Moritz, or vice versa, takes about 8 hours and is a feast for the senses.

The train’s interior is elegantly appointed, with spacious and comfortable seating, panoramic windows, and top-notch service. Passengers can indulge in delicious meals prepared by onboard chefs and sip on local wines as they take in the stunning views beyond.

The Glacier Express route winds through some of the most beautiful and historic towns in Switzerland. Travelers will pass through towns like Chur, Brig, and Andermatt, and see famous landmarks like the Landwasser Viaduct and the Matterhorn. The train ride also offers glimpses of towering peaks, glaciers, and snow-capped mountains.

The journey begins in Zermatt, a picturesque mountain town nestled at the foot of the Matterhorn. This iconic peak is one of the most recognizable mountains in the world, and passengers can get an up-close view of its majestic beauty from the train. The route then winds through the Rhone Valley, past the Rhone Glacier, and up to the Oberalp Pass, which sits at an elevation of 6,706 feet.

As the train descends the Oberalp Pass, it moves through the mountainous foothills of Disentis and Filisur. One of the highlights of the journey is the Landwasser Viaduct, an impressive bridge that spans a deep gorge and offers breathtaking views.

The Glacier Express then travels through the Engadin Valley, known for its sparkling lakes and quaint villages. The final destination is the glamorous town of St. Moritz, with its upscale shops, fine dining, and swoon-worthy scenery.

The Glacier Express is a luxurious way to experience the Swiss Alps, offering travelers the chance to take in the rich history of the region in comfort and opulence.

Jessica Bayley

Jessica Bayley is an international author and journalist based in South Africa. She writes on international affairs, travel and is also the author of "The Ladies of Belgium"