Glacier Express, the slowest express train in the world

The Glacier Express train line is a classic when it comes to panoramic trips in Switzerland.

The panoramic journey on the Glacier Express through the Swiss Alps is one to remember – with highlights from start to finish. St. Moritz is the playground of the rich and famous and Zermatt is home to the world’s most photographed mountain, the Matterhorn. The journey on board the slowest express train in the world takes you over 291 bridges and through 91 tunnels. There is no better way of traveling this route. Granted, there are faster ways to travel between Zermatt and St. Moritz. But certainly, riding a car is nowhere close to as attractive as riding a train.

With ease it climbs the highest point along the route, the Oberalppass at its 2033 meter above sea level, winds past idyllic mountain villages, steep rock faces and creates an amazing view into deep gorges, outlying valleys, glaciers and the Rhine Gorges. The latter is so spectacular, it carries the nickname of “Swiss Grand Canyon”. 

© Glacier Express AG – Stefan Schlumpf

Another highlight is the 142-meter long and 65-meter high Landwasser Viaduct. This impressive structure on five masoned pillars allows the train to cross over an inspiring gorge and straight into the Landwasser Tunnel. Crossing this viaduct is truly a must for all railway fans – it offers adventure and beauty!

Thanks to the large panoramic windows, you enjoy unimpeded views of the Swiss Alps – especially the UNESCO World Heritage Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch and the UNESCO World Heritage Albula/Bernina. This feast for the eyes is followed by a feast for the palate: starter, main course and dessert are freshly prepared in the on-board kitchen and served directly at your seat. Culinary delight awaits you.

© Glacier Express AG – Stefan Schlumpf

Excellence Class: the most sought-after seats in Switzerland

Window seat guaranteed

A rail journey through the Swiss Alps has never been so luxurious. Passengers in the new Excellence Class enjoy the highest level of comfort. They also experience the superb panoramic view from a guaranteed window seat and culinary highlights.

Concierge on board

The pleasure of travelling Excellence Class starts as soon as guests step onto the platform. Here they are greeted at the welcome desk in front of the Glacier Express by the concierge, who takes care of check-in and all their luggage. Whether champagne and Amuse-Bouche or exciting anecdotes and information about the wonderful landscape passing by the panoramic window, an experienced crew ensures the well-being of guests throughout the entire journey. Guests will also find comprehensive information about the route, the country and its people on their individual tablet – keeping them well entertained.

© Glacier Express AG – Stefan Schlumpf

To the bar for an aperitif

Along the way, the crew will serve a refined, regional five-course meal including accompanying wines. Amuse-bouche and champagne tastes twice as good looking out towards the Piz Bernina. For a welcoming drink or an aperitif, we recommend the exclusive and well-stocked Glacier Bar, which offers the best view. Later in the day, an afternoon tea of delicious Friandises is served. The journey in Excellence Class is not only a feast for the senses but also one of the most exclusive tourist highlights in Switzerland.

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