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Plan your travel in Switzerland using the Swiss Travel System to get the most panoramic views of the country and easy city-to-city access. The Swiss are known for their chocolates and watches but many may not know that they have a superb rail system for travelers.  Those who have experienced it would say it is the best in Europe and traveling second class is like first class in other European countries (they also have a first class service).  

The Swiss travel passes are very economical when you compare them to the cost of renting a car, fuel, parking fees and road fees.  The longer you stay the better the economics with a 15-day flex pass (use it in one month) priced at $505 US at the time of this article.   The passes provide unlimited travel by rail, road(bus) and waterways, including most panorama routes and public transport in 75 towns and cities. You also get free admission to more than 490 museums on the selected days of validity and other discounts around the country. So let's explore some of the most popular train travel routes around Switzerland and start dreaming about doing it someday.

The Grand Tour Swiss Rail Route 

This route is a great way to see most of Switzerland and see many areas that you can only see by train. Covering a total of 1,280 km of panoramic railways, the Grand Train Tour of Switzerland is a must journey for those looking for the best rail adventures in the world. The route itself is not fixed and is just a suggested itinerary for travel through the country to see the best of the rail system.  You can travel all of the suggested rail routes or just part of it. The major city destinations are Zurich, Lucerne, St. Gallen, Montreaux, Zermatt, Chur, St. Moritz, Interlaken, and Lugano.  Your best option for starting this tour is to arrive by air or train in Zurich.  Some portions of the trip are on special panoramic routes and require reservations. 

If you are trying to decide on the perfect honeymoon trip that blends opportunities for culture, city exploring, nature and the romantic excitement of rail travel, the Grand Tour is worth considering for those reasons and a variety of other ones. The first is that you are letting someone else do the driving. You only need to get yourself to the station everyday that you decide to travel. Second, a honeymoon trip should be a time to relax and leave the stress of having planned a wedding behind you. Train travel is relaxing and the Swiss make it that much easier because they have an excellent record for being on time.  Third, you can be at the top of Europe one day and then exploring the Mediterranean-style atmosphere of the city of Chur another day. Spend as much time as you want at a stop with a flex pass. A perfect trip is to start your marriage by turning what was once "someday" to "my someday honeymoon" in Switzerland.

Can you resist the allure of traveling by train through the Alps?  We will get your dreams started with a travel video highlighting some of the best of the Grand Train Tour through Switzerland.

The Glacier Express 

The world famous Glacier Express is one of the best ways to explore the southern region of Switzerland while sneaking through the Alps.  The train begins and ends in either Zermatt or St. Moritz and takes approximently 8 hours. The word express and the distance traveled on this route do not correlate, primarily because you are traveling through narrow valleys, tight curves, 91 tunnels, and across 291 bridges.  The route is spectacular and a panoramic pleasure for the whole family.  Dream of taking a train from Zurich to Zermatt and spending some time skiing or hiking in the Alps with the Matterhorn in view.  After a few days of that, take a relaxing but sensory overload experience on the Glacier Express train. You have now arrived in St. Moritz famous for being a birthplace for Alpine winter holidays and the location of two winter Olympics, as well as a place for more great skiing or hiking and a city with great restaurants. 

There is no best time to travel on the Glacier Express, but many travelers say that April to June is amazing with snow-capped peaks and green valleys with spring flowers.  This train is a special train on a regular route but you can follow the same route using regular trains without the panoramic windows.  In our 5 days in Switzerland article we are taking the route from Brig to Zermatt.

If you are a train enthusiast this trip is a no-brainer to add to your Switzerand vacation plans.  You can start dreaming today and plan for that someday trip by watching the Glacier Express travel video now, save it to your dream cloud and come back to see it again and again.  Why not take that coffee break and be whisked away to the Alps on a famous train.  Remember our motto at SomedayTrips is "Dream it, Plan it, Do it"℠.  Don't you think you should be dreaming about a trip on the Glacier Express someday?

Bernina Express 

When traveling to Switzerland you will experience French influences in the west and Italian in the south.  Therefore it is no surprise that a popular 4-hour train trip can take you from Switzerland to Italy and deliver you amazing views along the way. The Bernina Express, starts in Chur which is the oldest city in Switzerland and takes you on a 7,122 km trip through 55 tunnels and over 196 bridges and viaducts. You can also start the trip in Davos or St. Moritz.  Your final destination will be Tirano Italy. The trip from Switzerland is free with a Swiss travel pass but you will need to pay for your return trip to Switzerland. 

This is a perfect day trip to escape to Italy for lunch, tour Tirano and return for a late dinner in Switzerland. Not sure what to do while in Tirano?  Take a quick peak at what a 30 minute tour of Tirano would look like.  But let us be honest with ourselves, we are here for the ride and scenic views that the Bernina Express provides. Trains are romantic, exciting and take us places that you just can't see with a car. So let's get back on board and watch a travel video that highlights the experience of the Bernina Express. Watch out for clear skies to soon be filled with dream clouds for a future someday trip.

Jungfrau Train

Taking the Jungfrau train is known as the journey to the top of Europe.  It is the highest railroad station in Europe and ranks 7th in the world. Unlike the other routes featured in this article, this train ride is vertical with the only purpose being to make it to the top.  Most planning this trip will arrive by Swiss Rail to the train station in Interlaken.  From here you will take a Bernese Oberland Railway train from this popular lakeside town to higher elevations.  There are two routes and we suggest you take one up and the other on the way back down.  From Interlaken take the train to Grindelwald Grund Station and transfer to the Kleine Scheidegg station.  Alternatively, you can travel from Interlaken to Wenge and transfer to Kleine-Scheidegg.  From here you will make the one-way trip to the top on a cog railway, originally opened in 1912.  The total time from Interlaken is approximetly 2.5 hours.

The trip from Kleine-Scheidegg is 9 km of railway with 7 km of it in tunnels carved out of the rock of the Eiger and Mönch. The train will  stop for a brief 5 minutes at two intermediate stations, the Eigerwand (Eiger Wall) and Eismeer (Sea of Ice), for passengers to explore and view the fascinating mountains through large panoramic windows.  Once you are at the top you will have spectacluar views including the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Aletsch Glacier.  This is the largest alpine glacier in Eurasia covering 81 square kilometres. There are numerous other activites as well, including the Lindt Swiss Chocolate Heaven, which is free of charge, the Ice Palace and of course winter sports because there is snow and ice here all year.  Take a further look at the journey and the views from the top in our featured Jungfrau travel video.

 

 Swiss Rail Photo Gallery

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What is the best 5-day trip to see the beautiful country of Switzerland?  It depends on what you want to see but this itinerary will give you a start on our trip through central Switzerland.  Our goals were to see a few UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the beautiful Alps, and both city and rural life.  For many we would highly recommend that you travel through Switzerland on their train system.  Many would say it is the best in Europe with second class being close to first class in other European countries.  The Swiss Travel Pass and the beautiful panoramic views you can get by traveling by train make the decision even easier.  For our travels we blended train and automobile so that we had the flexibility to get where we needed to for our photography and video.

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Are the amazing terraces of the Lavaux vineyards an UNESCO World Heritage Site that you should add to your list when planning your travel to Switzerland? If you like good wine, then the answer is clearly yes because Swiss wines are difficult to find outside the country. Lavaux is just one of many UNESCO sites in Switzerland. Did you know that when you plan your travel to Switzerland you could mark 11 sites off your UNESCO World Heritage bucket list?  The Lavaux region is one of the 11 sites located in the country of Switzerland. Lausanne on Lake Geneva is the closest major city to the area. From Geneva, you can travel to the region in about an hour by train or car and in under 2 hours from Bern. 

All aboard for a scenic tour of Switzerland on one of the most famous railways in the world, the Glacier Express, which takes you from Zermatt to St. Moritz, through the breathtaking Swiss countryside, through the Alps, narrow valleys, tunnels and across bridges in panoramic coaches, in about 8 hours.

Take a ride on the scenic Bernina Express where you will travel across the snowcapped Alps, across high bridges, along lakes and through quaint towns from the city of Chur in Switzerland to Tirano in Italy.  One of the most famous sections of the track crosses the Landwasser Viaduct which is considered an engineering and architectural marvel built in 1901/02.

 

If you are dreaming of someday traveling through the Swiss Alps by train, then this detailed and beautifully presented video of the Jungfrau - Top of Europe railway route will show you the incredible sights you will see, complete with breathtaking views of the majestic Alpine peaks, quaint villages with classic Swiss chalets, and finally arriving at the Jungfraujoch, the highwest railway station in Europe. Though the video is fairly long, it provides an excellent travelogue of the sights and train routes through the area.

The Legend: Buzz Aldrin was the second man to walk on the moon and with this he made history. Now he has left his famous footprint in the snow of Switzerland.

Have you ever wondered what a view would look like from the top of the Swiss Alps?  The creative minds behind this video provide you a spectacular view of the mountains and story.  Would you have ever dreamed up a video of an astronaut on the top of the mountain?  This video gets 5 stars for the scenery and creativity.  Now that it has teased you with the view near Zermatt which is also where you can see the famous Matterhorn do you want to do the same? Or will you just enjoy it from the comfort of that seat.  We know this has to get your wanderlust going.