The Glacier Express is undoubtedly
Switzerland's best known train. The 181 mile (290km) trip from
Zermatt to St Moritz lasts around eight hours winding its way
through some of Europe's most dramatic and beautiful scenery.
Beginning in Zermatt, a pretty Alpine resort close to the
Matterhorn, the Glacier Express glides
northwards from under the shadow of the mighty Matterhorn and
follows the Matter Vispa River and the Rhône Valley to Visp. The
train then heads east to Brig, before climbing through Betten,
Grengiols and Oberwald on its journey to the 9¼ mile (15km) long
Furka Base Tunnel.
The train emerges and makes its way to the village of Andermatt,
before beginning its ascent towards the Oberalp Pass which at 6,670
feet (2,033m) is the highest point on the line. It then makes the
steep descent towards Disentis, where the train is attached to an
RHB locomotive. From here we pass the historic town of Ilanz,
descending to the stunning Rhine Gorge where we continue on to the
attractive cantonal capital of Chur.