The Glacier Express is a classic when it comes to Swiss panoramic trips.
From Zermatt and the Matterhorn, the trip leads over 291 bridges and through 91 tunnels over and through the Swiss Alps to St. Moritz in the Engadin lake-land.
There are, of course, faster ways to travel – but certainly none as attractive.
With ease and the help of rack-and-pinion technology, the Glacier Express climbs to the highest point of the route on the Oberalp Pass, 2,033 meters above sea level.
It winds its way past idyllic mountain villages and rugged rock faces, offering an unrestricted view of the deep gorges, remote valleys, glaciers and the Rhine Gorge, also known as the "Swiss Grand Canyon".
A further highlight is the 142-meter-long and 65-meter-high Landwasser Viaduct, the impressive structure on five masoned pillars which leads directly into the Landwasser Tunnel. A must for all railway fans – beauty and daring united.
From Thusis the Glacier Express climbs up the Albula Valley through helical tunnels and over viaducts towards St. Moritz.
Harmoniously embedded in the landscape, the line is a monument to the pioneering days of railway-building and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site Rhaetian Railway in the Albula/Bernina Landscapes.
And there are plenty of culinary delights to be enjoyed on the way. With an unrestricted view of the countryside thanks to the large panoramic windows, enjoy a three-course meal or a range of à la carte variations – freshly prepared in the on-board kitchen – at your seat.
The new Excellence Class – the most sought-after seats in Switzerland
The new Excellence Class sets standards that are as high as the mountain peaks along the legendary route.
Passengers enjoy the highest level of comfort, the best views and culinary highlights. They journey with a guaranteed window seat and panoramic view, including personal service, great comfort, thanks to ultra-comfortable lounge chairs, and a bar in the carriage.
The Excellence Class exclusively offers a concierge service, a special on-board entertainment system as well as a five-course gourmet menu including accompanying wines served at your window seat.
Amuse-bouches and champagne taste twice as good looking out towards the Piz Bernina and the Matterhorn. The best place to enjoy an aperitif is the exclusive Glacier Bar.
Thanks to the golden compass on the ceiling, passengers won't miss a single change of direction as they drink exquisite wine or a freshly mixed drink.
Without a doubt, even experienced gourmets will be amazed at the standard of the Excellence Class. The journey in the new Excellence Class is a feast for the senses and thus one of the most exclusive tourist highlights in Switzerland.
Would you like to book a trip on the Glacier Express or find out more about this exquisite experience?
Request more information and plan your perfect trip by going on glacierexpress.ch or by using any of these contact data:
firstname.lastname@example.org and +41 (0)848 642 442
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