Glacier Express, Switzerland - July 2006
In July 2006 we rode the Glacier Express from Chur to Zermatt in Switzerland. The Glacier Express calls itself for
the slowest express train in the world. Regardless of that you're never bored on this trip. The train passes
through the most spectacular and very varied scenery, and climbs above the tree limit at the Oberalp
pass where it reaches an altitude of more than 2000 meters for shortly thereafter to descend steeply about
600 meters to the small town Andermatt. In places the train engages its cog wheel and thus operates as a
rack-railway in order to manage the steep grades.
From Andermatt one can catch a connection to Göschenen and thus get to the Gottard Rail line which we
rode in 2005 (see separate photo gallery) but we continued on the Glacier Express from Andermatt to
Zermatt where we the next day would ride the Gornergrat rack-railway to more than 3000 meters elevation.
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