Renowned for its majestic Alps and stunning landscapes, Switzerland offers an unparalleled experience for winter sightseeing. One of the best ways to explore the beauty of this alpine wonderland is by hopping aboard the country's scenic train routes. Chugging past enchanting villages set against snow-capped mountains and frozen lakes, Switzerland by rail in winter is nothing short of breath-taking.
Interlaken and the Jungfrau: a journey to the 'Top of Europe'
Nestled at the base of the Bernese Alps, with the stunning Lakes Thun and Brienz on either side, Interlaken is well known amongst winter sports enthusiasts as the gateway to the Jungfrau region. But amongst the world-famous ski slopes and hiking routes that zigzag these imposing mountains, is one of Europe's truly unique rail routes, where you can experience all the thrill and adventure, with less aches and pains the next morning.
The Interlaken and Jungfrau Winter tour takes you through the heart of the Swiss Alps, crossing snow-covered valleys and ascending to the summit of the famous Jungfraujoch, to Europe's highest railway station. At 3,454 metres above sea level the views are awe-inspiring, with glaciers glistening in the winter sun and picture-perfect peaks surrounding you.
Classic Glacier Express: first-class adventure
If there's one train journey that epitomizes the beauty of Switzerland, it's the legendary Glacier Express. From chic St. Moritz to the iconic Matterhorn, the Classic Glacier Express tour offers a front-row seat to the breathtaking beauty of the Swiss Alps. With panoramic windows, allowing passengers to soak in the mesmerizing views from the comfort of their seats, you'll pass through picturesque valleys, cross towering viaducts, and wind your way through snow-blanketed forests. Along the way, you'll witness stunning alpine vistas, including the famous Matterhorn and the Oberalp Pass. Indulge in gourmet meals and unwind in plush seating, as you embark on an unforgettable winter adventure. Whilst marvelling at the incredible wintry landscape from your luxurious first-class cabin, you'll see why The Glacier Express takes pride of place on many a bucket list.
The Brocken Railway: a winter odyssey
Over the border in Germany, but too good to leave out, the Brocken Railway is an equally stunning ride that winds through snow-dusted pine forests on vintage steam locomotives to the summit of the highest peak of the Harz Mountain range, in central Germany. According to one recent traveller "The ride up Brocken Mountain was literally out of this world." The Harz Mountains in Winter tour also takes you to the fairytale town of Wernigerode, with its charming hilltop castle overlooking cobbled streets and timber-framed houses in the perfect setting to live out your very own winter fantasy.
So, whether you're exploring the majestic Swiss Alps in a cozy first-class cabin or witnessing the natural beauty of the Harz Mountains across the border in Germany, these winter train journeys promise unforgettable moments that will stay with you forever. Quaint alpine villages, deep gorges, and mystical mountain passes; your winter wonderland awaits!