Switzerland is one of the most peaceful countries in the world, happiest countries on Earth and safest countries to visit. It also happens to be home to another spectacular superlative: the slowest express train in the world.
The Glacier Express, which proudly advertises its leisurely pace, is a relaxing eight-hour journey filled with stunning panoramic views. Mountains, valleys, quaint towns and much more make the time fly by as the train chugs along. Not to mention, there are 92 tunnels and a whopping 291 bridges along the 150-mile route between Zermatt and St. Moritz.
The Glacier Express made its maiden voyage in 1930. At the time, the trains included elegant passenger cars with first, second and third classes, along with dining cars on one of the routes. Since then, technological advances have enhanced the exclusive experience.
More recently, the train has operated year-round since 1982. That means travelers can soak up budding wildflower fields, sunny summer scenes, fall colors or snow-capped peaks while on board.
There are a variety of ways to book a seat on the train and see for yourself. One option is a seat for a section of the journey. If you have the time, you can book a seat for the full journey starting at $158 per ticket. At the top end are inclusive packages with accommodations, the full train trip and transfers for around $600 per person.
Whatever ticket you choose, the Glacier Express promises to combine tradition and contemporary comfort. And naturally, any portion of the track includes stunning Swiss scenery.
The Glacier Express and luxury train trips around the world shift focus away from the destination to the journey in style.
[H/t Travel + Leisure]