One of the best ways to explore Switzerland is by train. There are countless ways to see the country’s natural beauty, such as hiking through its numerous peaks and valleys, taking in its dramatic waterfalls, and exploring its various cities. Here are five awe-inspiring scenic trips to take while in Switzerland.
- The Bernina Express
The Bernina Express takes in views of the Alps from its red carriages. It connects the towns of Poschiavo in Switzerland and Torano in Italy via the Swiss Engadin Alps. In 2008, the two main lines of the train were jointly declared World Heritage sites.
The four-hour journey from Switzerland to Pontresina takes the Bernina Express through over 200 bridges and 55 tunnels. It passes through the Bernina Pass, 7,391 feet above sea level. The first section of the train, which runs from Pontresina to Chur, crosses the Landwasser Viaduct. This is a curved single-track structure that features six massive arches.
- The Glacier Express
The Glacier Express is arguably the most scenic train in the world. It connects the towns of St. Moritz and Zermatt in the Swiss Alps.
The Glacier Express’ journey passes through some of the same World Heritage sites as the Bernina Express. It also features spectacular views like the Rhone River and the Matter Valley. Due to the train routes’ similarities, many people make the Bernina Express and Glacier Express their first choice when traveling to Switzerland.
- Jungfrau Railway
The Jungfrau Railway is Europe’s highest railway station, and it takes visitors to places that are more than 3,453 meters above sea level. This railway line runs through the middle of two mountains, which are known as the Eiger and Monch.
Reaching the top of the mountain takes approximately 90 minutes. Once you reach the top, take in the fantastic views of the area, extending as far as France and Germany. The mountain peak also features a restaurant and ice sculpture gallery. After reaching the village of Lauterbrunnen, the train route goes back down the mountain and offers terrific views of the waterfall.
- Cogwheel Railway to Mount Pilatus
The journey from Alpnachstad to Mount Pilatus takes around 30 minutes. The route of the Cogwheel Railway is known as the “steepest” in the world. The top of the mountain can be reached via a cableway or aerial gondola.
- Gornergrat Cog Railway
One of the most spectacular views of Switzerland is the Gornergrat cog railway, which can reach 3,089 meters above sea level in just 33 minutes. It’s located near the town of Zermatt and features a magnificent panoramic view of the area. From the top of the railway, visitors can enjoy a magnificent view of The Matterhorn and the surrounding peaks and glaciers.