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Gornergrat Mountain Railroad

The Gornergrat Mountain Railroad 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 railroad in Europe to run and mostly in the open air (the Jungfrau Railroad runs to a higher point but is predominantly in a tunnel).

The journey on the Gornergrat Mountain Railroad 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 railroad 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 & St Moritz
(27 reviews)
2020JunSep
10 days from
$4,045 pp
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  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Glacier Express
2020MayJunAugSep
2021MayJunJulAugSep
12 days from
$3,595 pp
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  • DestinationGermany, Switzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Glacier Express & St Moritz
Les Mackey
“We were downgraded on the Glacier Express because of overbooking. This was not the fault of GRJ. At the last minute we were reinstated for most but not all of it. It meant we had to travel on later trains to the group. The train journey from Cologne to St Moritz was tiresome and involved changes of stations, trains etc due to the problems on German Rail. This was not the fault of GRJ. However, the journey took 13.5 hours. Our tour guide was brilliant, he did his utmost to get us there as quickly as he could. He was constantly cheerful no matter what was thrown at him. He is a credit to GRJ. Overall the vacation was superb. Lovely scenery, hotels.
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