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Gornergrat Mountain Railway

The Gornergrat Mountain Railway runs for just less than six miles from the pretty town of Zermatt to the summit of the Gornergrat some 10,135ft above sea level. It is the highest railway in Europe to run and mostly in the open air (the Jungfrau Railway runs to a higher point but is predominantly in a tunnel).

The journey on the Gornergrat Mountain Railway begins as the electric train leaves Zermatt and begins its ascent - eventually overcoming a height difference of 4,873ft across the route. Crossing over the Findelbach River, the train soon reaches its first intermediate station in Findelbach. The cogwheel mechanism is then put to use as the line continues climbing sharply. The railway passes through a series of short, curved tunnels to gain height amongst the imposing mountain landscape, before arriving at Riffelalp station. This idyllic hamlet boasts wonderful vistas over the towns lower in the valley. From here the journey commences across an increasingly dramatic landscape; the line twists and turns through the rocky crags on its upward path. The train then passes through the freight station at Riffelberg and ascends past other mountain peaks - often covered with snow at this altitude - to reach Rotenboden, and ultimately the summit station of Gornergrat. With views over 29 other mountains in the Alps, the panorama is often tremendous.

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Glacier Express & The Romantic Rhine
20/Jun
Duncan
5 stars
“One of the best holidays we've ever had. We now realise that the cruise companies have a lot to deal with to ensure traveller satisfaction, and Mother Nature can affect things. Our weather forecast wasn't too good before we sailed, but we then had sunny and warm weather throughout the cruise, and beyond. Cruise staff, in all parts of the boat were attentive and pleasant, fellow travellers friendly and good fun, and our cruise and rail managers guided us carefully, ensuring all connections were met, and did so in a friendly, informative manner. The Rhine water was very high, and did affect one stop, so rainfall will always be a big factor to consider. But we fully intend to travel with Great Rail Journeys in future.
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First-Class Glacier Express, Zermatt and Matterhorn
18/Jun
Carol W
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“Amazing experience First class on the Glacier express is an unforgettable experience, great service and incredible panoramic scenery
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Glacier Express & The Majestic Rhine
16/Jun
Alan
5 stars
“A lovely itinerary by train through Switzerland via Basle and Davos to Zermatt with its views of the Matterhorn and trips on the Filisur, Glacier Express and Gornergrat railways on the way. An experienced tour manager accompanied us on our journey where everything was arranged for us. And that was just the start of our journey. We boarded the Amadeus Star at Strasbourg for our Rhine river Cruise to Amsterdam with stops at Speyer, Rudesheim, Koblenz, Cologne and finally Amsterdam and the train home. The ship and its staff were amazing, as was the food. We met some interesting people too. Everything pretty much ran like clockwork. That was one of the 'Greats' in Great Rail Journeys for us.
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Glacier Express & The Magic of the Moselle and Rhine
14/Jun
Diane gIll
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“Everything was up to the standard of our first experience with GRJ in 2023 There was an issue with transfer times on the first day getting to Davos that some older customers found very difficult.The guide was new to the company but she had a great can do approach and remained calm and kind under extreme pressure from disgruntled customers
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