Riding the Glacier Express through Switzerland
Switzerland impresses with its nature and its mountains. One of the best ways to discover Switzerland is to take the Glacier Express. This is a panoramic train that crosses Switzerland from St. Moritz to Zermatt. The Glacier Express operates this 8-hour route daily from May to October. Many travelers make the trip in a day, […]

Switzerland impresses with its nature and its mountains. One of the best ways to discover Switzerland is to take the Glacier Express. This is a panoramic train that crosses Switzerland from St. Moritz to Zermatt. The Glacier Express operates this 8-hour route daily from May to October. Many travelers make the trip in a day, but here we show you how to turn it into a full trip.

This trip is excellent for mountain and nature lovers. The Glacier Express winds through car-free valleys and crosses passes where there is still snow in summer. Let's start the journey!

Badrutt Palace St. Moritz

Our journey begins in St. Moritz, which is also the departure station for the Glacier Express. St. Moritz is known for its luxury winter tourism and polo tournaments on the frozen lake. But Saint-Moritz also has its charms in summer - Hiking in the mountains or on glaciers, mountain biking or well-being. The hotels in St. Moritz have massively expanded their wellness offerings in recent years. The same goes for the Badrutt Palace in St. Moritz. The hotel with the turret is the emblem of the village for many and offers its guests 157 rooms. "Palace Wellness" is the spacious spa area that invites you to relax with a view of the mountains. Also, don't miss the afternoon tea at the hotel, a tradition in St. Moritz for over 120 years.

From St. Moritz to Andermatt

We recommend a 2-3 night stay in St. Moritz. Then the Glacier Express experience begins. The train station is only a few hundred meters from the hotel and you are elegantly heated in a Rolls-Royce. Check-in is easy and seats are pre-reserved. If you drop into the comfortable seat, you can see that almost the entire roof is glazed and thus offers a panoramic view like an eave. The compartments offer four seats with a large table and a full catering service. At 9:15 a.m., the train begins to travel. Shortly after leaving St. Moritz, you can immerse yourself in the mountain panorama. The train takes the Albula route, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The highlight is the crossing of the “Landwasser Viaduct” - a railway bridge 65 meters high and 136 meters long. Then he gets off at Chur, where the train stops.

The most beautiful part of the course

Now the most beautiful part of the route awaits you. Along the Rhine, it crosses deep valleys framed to the left and right by snow-capped mountains. The most beautiful section of the path begins, which leads to the Oberalp Pass, 2033 meters high. A tunnel leads to the pass - as soon as you exit the tunnel you usually find yourself in a wintry landscape. The last part of the route leads to Andermatt.

The Chedi Andermatt

It is 2 pm and the train arrives in the quiet and very traditional Swiss village of Andermatt. It is worth spending 1-3 nights here. The Chedi Andermatt is a 5 star hotel, located directly opposite the train station. When you touch The Chedi, you immediately feel like you're in another world. Very Asian, lots of wood and metal and playful lighting effects - an atmosphere of absolute well-being and something you wouldn't expect in the middle of the mountains (and in a village of 1000 inhabitants). The hotel offers an eaves wellness area, 101 rooms and two restaurants. As well as exploring the small village, the place invites you to take long mountain hikes - there is an 18 hole course available for golfers.

From Andermatt to Zermatt

After a hearty breakfast and a few lengths in the hotel's 35-meter swimming pool, you cross the street where the Glacier Express awaits you. The last 3 hours go to Zermatt. Enjoy a nice lunch on board the train and enjoy the mountainous scenery. Then it gets dark for 15 kilometers as you go through the Furka tunnel. After that you are in the canton of Valais, where you cross the Mattervalley, the Glacier Express from Visp takes its route to Zermatt. The last part crosses the narrow valley along gorges and waterfalls until the train stops in Zermatt at 5 pm.

Grand Hotel Zermatterhof

Zermatt is a car-free village - that's why golf carts wait at the train station to take guests to the hotel. In 5 minutes by car, you will cross the main street to the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof. As soon as you arrive at the hotel, you have the first view of the Matterhorn. The Matterhorn is the symbol of the region and also of Switzerland. The Zermatterhof has welcomed guests for 140 years and offers a total of 69 rooms. Thanks to the central location of the hotel, everything is easy to reach and you can enjoy a fantastic view of the Matterhorn. It is worth staying here for 2-3 nights and taking trips to the mountains up to 4000 meters high with the cable cars.

The journey through Switzerland

The costs for this train trip are - depending on the class - between 200 and 300 USD. Getting to St. Moritz is possible from Milan or Zurich and can also be done by train. After your stay in Zermatt, we recommend that you take the train to Geneva and make stops in Montreux or Lausanne. This trip is ideal for clients who have never been to Switzerland before or those who would like to experience Switzerland from a different perspective again. We will be happy to answer all your questions about the trip and the different possible combinations.

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