TOP 5: Swiss Train Journeys
At Desi Tripper we are moving towards a more Earth-conscious way of traveling. Many of us love the feeling of landing in a new city; especially when on a Euro-trip. Why not explore the countries via train; a way which has a lesser impact on our planet. Switzerland has been a coveted destination for all Bollywood fans. Made famous by the film DDLJ (can you believe it’s been 25 years?!), this is a country filled with natural wonders. Here’s our list of Top 5 Swiss train journeys with the areas they cover represented in red on the map:
1. Luzern-Interlaken Express
Hop on for a beautiful adventure through the extensive mountain ranges of the Brunig Pass. This train consists of panoramic windows for the best experience of magnificent views and gorgeous scenery. In addition, a free-of-charge «LiveGuide» App gives you access to a fantastic guide about the region and everything it has to offer. This train is also part of the Golden Pass line leading to Interlaken and then to Montreux.
Journey time: 2 hours 09 minutes from start to finish
Route: Luzern to Interlaken or vice versa
Distance: 61 miles (98 km) of track
Top elevation: 3307 feet above sea level
Highlights: Green pastures, five crystal clear mountain lakes and waterfalls, impressive mountain peaks
To read more about this beautiful train journey, click here.
2. Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (MGBahn)
The Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn offers the experience of an epic route through the heart of the Alps. It passes from scenic valleys to sprawling landscapes, the Oberalp Pass being a highlight.
Journey time: 7 hours 30 minutes from start to finish
Route: Zermatt to Disentis and from Andermatt to Göschenen
Distance: 90 miles (144 km) of track
Top elevation: 6670 feet above sea level
Highlights: 33 tunnels, galleries, 126 bridges, and viaducts
To read more about this experience, click here.
3. The Glacier Express
Popularly known as the ‘slowest express train of the world’, The Glacier Express offers a breathtaking course through the Swiss Alps. Brace yourselves as you will be glued to the windows as you experience some of the most captivating landscapes and snow-covered peaks across the clear blue sky.
Journey time: 8 hours 3 minutes from start to finish
Route: Zermatt to St. Moritz or vice versa
Distance: 181 miles (291 km) of track
Top elevation: 6,670 feet above sea level
Highlights: 91 tunnels, 291 bridges, and narrow valleys
For more information about this trip, click here.
4. Gotthard Panorama Express
This journey consists of a part train and part boat travel through the panoramic views of the countryside, just like the name suggests. It also offers the passengers a peek into the history and legends of Gotthard through its historical route. Furthermore, the “Gotthard Panorama Express” app provides information about the important ancient sites along this route.
Journey time: 5 hours 30 minutes from start to finish
Route: Lugano/Bellinzona to Flüelen by train. Flüelen to Lucerne by steamboat or modern motor vessel and vice versa
Distance: 113 miles (182 km) of track
Top elevation: 3744 feet above sea level
Highlights: Loop tunnels and bridges, historical sites
To read more about this captivating train journey, click here.
5. Bernina Express
This is one of the most beautiful Swiss Train journeys in the world. It features a transition of landscape from the glaciers and snowy peaks of the Alps to the verdant palm trees. Experience a breath of fresh air as the train also offers windowless coaches along the way. It passes over the gorgeous Landwasser Viaduct, a famous UNESCO World Heritage site.
Journey time: 4 hours and 13 minutes from start to finish
Route: St. Moritz / Chur to Tirano (Italy) or vice versa
Distance: 97 miles (156 km) of track
Top elevation: 7392 feet above sea level
Highlights: 55 tunnels; 196 bridges & viaducts
To read more about this magnificent train journey, click here.
Memories of the gorgeous landscapes and first-rate hospitality will leave an imprint in your mind, as each of these Swiss train journeys offers the best of both. What’s more, you will be experiencing it all while contributing to sustainable travel. Are you ready for this Earth-conscious and remarkable railway adventure?
Happy Tripping! 💙
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