Open your eyes. You're in the Glacier Express.
Just sit there and look out. Eat, drink and be amazed. Welcome aboard!

Made up by three railway companies, the continuous network of one-meter gauge railway stretches from Zermatt at the Matterhorn to Tirano in Italy and to Schuls at the Austrian border, covering a total distance of 420,000 Km which corresponds to 10 times the circumference of the earth, going over 291 bridges and through 91 tunnels.

The lowest point is near Landquart (523 m), the highest on the Bernina Pass at 2253 m, at gradient of up to 70 % , while steeper gradients (110 % over the Oberalp Pass and 179 % between Andermatt and Göschenen) are overcome with rack-rail systems which have a double cog-wheel in the drive mechanism which locks the toothed rack mounted between the rails.

From St Moritz to Zermatt - a journey over 7 hours, with glimpses of steinbocks chasing each other over rocky ridges, paths and river streams meandering through mountain landscape and valleys, glaciated mountains, snow on the ground, where each view is more spectacular than the last. Welcome aboard!

Map of the Glacier Express route [86K]

  Photos taken in June 2002