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Glacier Express Oberalppass Rhaetian Railway Gallery

Glacier Express - Oberalppass (© Rhaetian Railway)

The Rhaetian Railway (RhB) is a mountain railroad network whose lines connect Italy and Switzerland via a long labyrinth of wide valleys, tunnels and winding mountain paths. Home to the Glacier Express and Bernina Express, railfans can delight in a number of different experiences and journeys ranging from UNESCO World Heritage sites, steam trains, luxury Pullman cars, open scenic carriages, and gourmet dining cars, to name a few.

Touted as the "slowest express train in the world," the Glacier Express is an 8-hour panoramic journey that traverses the Swiss Alps from St. Moritz to Zermatt. Crossing over 291 bridges and 91 tunnels along the way, it is not 'express' in the sense of being a high-speed train, rather the Glacier Express is so named for its one-seated, non-stop ride, usually made by local trains.

Onboard the Glacier Express, nothing compares to lounging in the warmth of the carriage while indulging in local specialties and watching cinematic Alpine mountain vistas roll by—especially the scenic highlight of passing over Rhaetian Railway's highest bridge. At 88.9 meters (291 ft), the Wiesen Viaduct is a single-track, six-arch, curved limestone railway viaduct which forms part of the Davos-Filisur railway section. Sweeping majestically across the bridge and over the rugged Landwasser Valley, the Glacier Express awes passengers every time.

5 Highlights

  • St. Moritz
  • Wiesen Viaduct (Landwasser Viaduct)
  • Rhine Gorge
  • Oberalp Pass
  • Matterhorn - Zermatt

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