The Pullman Glacier Express
This morning we leave St Moritz on the first leg of our fabulous
journey aboard the historic Pullman Glacier Express train
- without a doubt the highlight of our time in the Swiss Alps. Our
two-day journey follows the Albula and Bernina railway lines, both
of which have been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. The two
railway lines are superb examples of Switzerland's incredible
mountain railway network - the Albula Line on its own is 67km long
and passes through 42 tunnels and over 144 viaducts and bridges,
each one a stunning feat of railway engineering.
From St Moritz the Pullman train climbs up and through the
Albula Tunnel, before reaching the highest point of this section of
the line, at 1,789 metres above sea level. The train then descends
through one of the most remarkable and intriguing sections of
railway line in the world, spiralling through the inside of
mountains, twisting and turning over curved viaducts and crossing
over itself several times as the line descends 417 metres. Soon, we
are spiralling upwards once more, before appearing from a tunnel
onto the magnificent curving Landwasser Viaduct, one of the most
recognisable sections of railway in the world.
We eventually reach Thussis, where we disembark the Pullman
train and enjoy an excursion to the Romanesque Church of St Martin
in the small village of Zillis. We re-board our train for a gourmet
lunch in the 1930s dining car, enjoying the views of the
picturesque Rhine Gorge on the next section of our journey.
Returning to the train, we continue to Disentis, where we visit the
historic Benedictine monastery. We spend the night in Andermatt at
the Monopol Hotel.
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Pullman Glacier Express