The Glacier Express is also known as “the slowest express train in the world”, in homage to a dream journey of seven and a half hours overcoming 291 bridges, cross 91 tunnels and travelling the 300 km of a line that presents very high technical difficulties and which, since 2008, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the 41 km stretch of the Albula valley, from St. Moritz to Thusis.
Built in 1889, the train made its first complete journey in the summer of 1930, taking tourists from one end of Switzerland to the other. From the Matterhorn and the snow-capped peaks of the Valais to Visp and Brig, the train crosses the Oberalp pass at 2033 meters, between glaciers and mountain lakes, then descends along the Rhine valley and goes up through the Landwassertal to the valley of the Albula and the Upper Engadine.
Those choosing to travel on board of the Glacier are in no hurry and have made no commitments: beyond the window, as in a majestic painting, the most beautiful landscapes of Switzerland follow one another. The elegant red livery of the wagons glides silently along sections that are daring engineering works, between powdered slopes of snow, castles, bucolic valleys dotted with chalets, up to the icy realm of alpine glaciers.
During the trip, those who wish can hear audio information about the route. For lunch, there is a choice between the à la carte offer, the dish of the day or a three-course menu. Obviously on the train there is every comfort: clean bathrooms, extremely available staff and air conditioning.